not the end…

And so I finished my education, I passed the project with a very good mark and soon I’ll be looking for jobs, but first I need a little bit more vacation. Actually I have been travelling for almost a month already now, in Portugal and France… In Portugal we had some good bye parties, we visit the places in Porto we liked the most, had dinner all together… Next I made a trip with tents together with who’s left in our house. We went all the way to the first Alentejo beaches south of Lisboa. Alentejo is the area in between Lisboa and Faro which is in the south of Portugal. Alentejo is known for its wine grapes, it also has some nice less known beaches and off course it can get very hot there (we had up to 43°C !! ). Next I had to leave my room as the contract was expired but already the next day we left again to the beautiful island of Madeira. Madeira is an island south of Portugal, more or less as south as Casablanca (Morocco) is, but still part of the country Portugal. Madeira is an volcanic island but its volcanic activity has stopped for centuries now. The island is actually only the top of the island, the volcanic ‘cone’ continues 6km under sea level until it reaches the ocean bottom. Madeira is very different in landscape. Even with its small surface area its highest point is 1.8km high, and the steep mountains that characterize the island creates unique environments and micro climates. In the north you’ll see some tropic forest, in the middle of the island there is the volcanic mountains which have needle trees on the way to the top. The south of the island is more like inland Portugal while some places east of the island are really dry and have nearly no trees or vegetation at all. Madeira is really beautiful to do some hiking, it also comes with some natural swimming pools for whoever wants to chill down a little bit after hiking, and in some places once can go surfing or scuba diving or make a boat trip to the next island nearby (that has a really nice beach so I have been told). Madeira also has some typical food and drinks, for example Madeira wine and the Lapas seafood. I really enjoyed this place and arriving at the Pico do Arieiro (the top of the island) the last day of this trip was really a perfect way to end the Erasmus.

This however means not that this is the end of this blog. I’ll try to experiment more with the current code and post my findings here, however don’t expect the same update rate from the past few months as development is now pushed to my free time…

Before I go, a nice shot taken on the Madeira island (not by me):

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Live report from the bed: sickness in Bragas house!

“Live report from the Bragas house: at least 2 or 3 have been reported sick in the last 2 weeks!”

Jup, and I had to join them so it seems because I’ve been in the bed for 3 days now. This means no research, no party and no doing sports but only exploring every single inch of my bedroom. Not exactly the most exciting time of my Erasmus but maybe it’s better to deal with it now than missing one of the surf lesson I subscribed for in the following few weeks. Ow, and I also finished my first film roll last weeks so I hope to have some pictures by the end of the week, at least if I can get rid of that nasty fever. Film roll? Uhu, no digital pictures for me this time. The battery of my Sony dsc f828 digital camera gave up just before I came to Porto. But I knew I still had this old Canon AT-1 camera laying around somewhere so I thought to myself: “Is there any better moment to learn analog photography, really?”.

Afbeelding

And without getting too fanatically about this camera: it’s more advanced than you would think it is: it has an electronic shutter, a light intensity meter which guides you when selecting the shutter speed and aperture of the lens, and it also features a auto-release function which allows you to make self-portraits, I should definitely try to check that out! 😉 Off course there also the possibility to select the shutter release time: from, well I don’t know exactly, but it’s a very short time, until: forever. So yes, you have manual shutter functionality just to take these long exposure pictures of the city by night. Sharpness and aperture can be set through the lens and the ISO value that some of you may have stumbled upon on your own digital camera is actually a way of defining the sensitivity of the film roll you choose.

But enough of this, read the manual if you want to learn more, it’s a great camera and it has the charm of analog photography: you have only few photos you can take with one film roll so better do it good, plus you will only know the result afterwards. It’s actually quite funny how people already are so used to digital photography. The first thing they do when taking a picture with this camera is looking at the back how the picture looks like: there is nothing there!

So, pictures soon, unless I did it all wrong, Xau!