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About thetorzorean

The musings of a torontonian azorean on identity and belonging. You can find me at

A Journey of Promise

428 Wood Street, New Bedford, Massachusetts I started my blog seven years ago as a way to explore and hopefully come to an understanding of my place in the world as an Azorean-Torontonian. My first blog entry on January 11, … Continue reading

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When Walking Doesn’t Get You There

Ermida de Nossa Senhora do Pranto As much as I like to walk alone while exploring the countryside during my sporadic visits to São Miguel, there’s an advantage in knowing family who live there who can show me places (by … Continue reading

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Walking as Holy Pilgrimage

 Terceira, Azores This road, somewhere in Terceira, one of the nine Azorean islands, leads to nowhere and at the same time to everywhere. It’s an inviting place to let yourself get lost in time and simply meander without the expectation … Continue reading

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Festas do Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres 2022

Convento de Nossa Senhora da Esperança, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel, Açores The photograph for this post’s heading shows only a hint of Senhor Santo Cristo ensconced behind the grill. If you look through the top bar next to the column … Continue reading

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My Garden’s Cautious Awakening

Tulips Waiting to Open Soon! It’s springtime but still too chilly this early May and so my Toronto east-end garden is awakening with reluctance. The greening has started but the tulips have yet to open, understandably so. They wait for … Continue reading

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A Slow Spring Coming to Toronto

Scarborough Bluffs by Lake Ontario, Toronto There’s a slow start of spring in Toronto but we can finally see the first signs of soft colour appear along the Scarborough Bluffs by Lake Ontario and the first flowers blooming at Rosetta … Continue reading

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Ponta Delgada: Observable Moments

Ponta Delgada at Dawn Walking in the early morning is the best way to capture the details of a city before it fully wakens. Here are some photographs of observable moments taken while meandering in Ponta Delgada.  

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Ponta Delgada: A City by the Edge of the Atlantic

Igreja de São Sebastião in Ponta Delgada, São Miguel I haven’t been in Ponta Delgada for a long time, but the city by the edge of the Atlantic surfaces in my memory almost daily. Who says that out of sight … Continue reading

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Praia do Porto de Mós

Algarve, March 2009 It’s been a while since I walked along Praia do Porto de Mós in Lagos on a peaceful day.

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A Little Light

I came upon this circle of stones along the shore of Lake Ontario. Someone had made a fire and I could still feel its smoldering heat as I put my hands over the ashes for warmth. Someone left candles, burning … Continue reading

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