New Settlers

[…]All this so that Marco Polo could explain or imagine explaining or be imagined explaining or succeed finally in explaining to himself that what he sought was always something lying ahead, and even if it was a matter of the past it was a past that changed gradually as he advanced on his journey, because the traveller's past changes according to the route he has followed: not the immediate past, that is, to which each day that goes by adds a day, but the more remote past. Arriving at each new city, the traveller finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places. […]* *Ítalo Calvino, em “Invisible Cities”. The new economic dynamics surprised us and changed the conception of what is, after all, essential to our lives. It does seem increasingly essential to rediscover traditions. To give life to what, for us, has no longer been natural for some time. To restart saying good morning to those we occasionally meet when passing by a path… The aspiration to reinvent the parameters that govern our daily lives, the desire to leave the city ever more chaotic and a vicious and saturated labor system, are leading more and more people to the choosing of the rural world as a crib for a new life. The mirandese upland, in the northeastern of Portugal, has already adopted new settlers... acknowledge: Junta de Freguesia de Atenor, AEPGA, Associação Palombar, Miguel Schreck, Ricardo Santos, Nuno Martins, Duarte Nunes, Moisés Esteves, Barbara Fráguas, Cláudia Costa, José Jambas, José Preto.

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