What's necessary to divide two countries... by João Figueiredo

What's necessary to divide two countries... by 

Borders: I allways thought they were fascinating. How can an imaginary line, a valley, a mountain or a river divide two countries, two different peoples? And can it really? How can do they make such a difference that in one side of a river people speak and behave different than in the ohter side? What changes from one side of the border to the other? And why?

Now that I am not a child anymore, and especially because I do love history and love to read about it all the time, I know the answers to these questions. But borders still cause me fascination…

Border between Portugal and Spain. Shot taken from the Portuguese side of the river Minho (Miño in Spanish). On the other side of the river is the Galicia region, once an independent kingdom from whom Portugal became independent in 1138 but recognized internationally only in 1143. Portuguese descends directly from the Galician language and not from Spanish (actually called Castellano) in opositon to what many foreign people think.

Caminha – Portugal


Canon EOS 550D + 50mm lens + CPL filter
HDR made with 3 exposures

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Coming from Portugal, established in Sweden since 2010. “I tell what I see, I see what I tell.”

Self tought. I am still learning, I allways will be! Landscapes and nature were, are and allways will be my favourite thing to shoot. Other motifs? Yeah, they will come as well…

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  • John44
    John44about 2 years ago
    beautiful landscape scene
  • Thanks so much John! Much appreciated!

    – João Figueiredo

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work

  • Thank you so very much! Feels nice to be in!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Robyn Carter
    Robyn Carterabout 2 years ago

    seems such a short distnce – do people cross the river regularly?

  • lol Robyn, it’s EU, there is no border control between member states any longer! ;) Yes, people do cross it often, in fact, on the portuguese side you’ll year more Spanish than portuguese due to our amazing gastronomy and due to the difference of the prices (I know I sound cocky, but it’s they who say it!). Just so you can have an idea, a restaurant meal on the other side of the river costs the double! Besides, Spanish people are great purchasers/fans of our cotton (which according to the oral tradition is of better quality) and therefore, clothes and towells, sheets, etc… So, we can pretty much say that Portugal (particularly the border regions, Lisbon and Porto) is still being invaded by Spanish, though now in a different way. In addition to that, to many millions of Spanish, it is closer to go to a Portuguese beach than to a Spanish one, especially with all our highways (you can take about 3h to cross the country from east to west with these new highways). Anyway, since the abolition of borders with the Schengen treaty, many roads and highways were built connecting both countries, so crossing the border is really not a problem. If you want to do it by train or by boat, there are solutions too. Many fisherman converted their business into river taxis, so you allways have a boat nearby that can take you to the otherside. I don’t know how large the river is but I would take a guess of 100m… If you are wondering how would it work for you (because you are a non Schengen citizien – check the differences between EU and Schengen), you only need to show your passport when you travel by plane or if you want to go to a non Schengen country. Once you’re in, it’s free circulation…

    – João Figueiredo

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroabout 2 years ago

    nice view

  • Muito obrigado Heliosa!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Fara
    Faraabout 2 years ago

    Fascinating narrative Joao…………………I have always lived very close to the border with the Irish Republic but I am Irish……………………..a border will not divide me from my fellow countrymen…………………..it is an interesting subject though………………………………..I like your image very much ……………………………Joyce

  • yes… very interesting subject! I’m glad I am not alone… I could talk about this for ages…. LOL Thanks so much for the nice feedback and for the fave! Much appreciated!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    Great information, Joao and beautiful capture!

  • Thank you so much Louise! Allays nice to produce work that others do appreciate! Thanks for the fave as well!

    – João Figueiredo

  • Laurie Search
    Laurie Searchabout 2 years ago

    Lovely coastal image, Joao!!! I like the footprints in the sand! :)))

  • Thanks so much Laurie! Trully appreciated for the support! Those footprints are actually mine and my girlfriends and they were made completely without intention! ahahah :) Thanks for the fave as well! :)

    – João Figueiredo

  • terezadelpilar~ art & architecture
    terezadelpilar...about 2 years ago


  • Obrigado Tereza! :)

    – João Figueiredo

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