What's necessary to divide two countries...

João Figueiredo

Värnamo, Sweden

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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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