This patio in Lisbon's historic centre seems to have stopped in time. Old ladies hang their washing outside their windows. Kids play outdoors and the neighbours have created a tight community over many years. But soon they will be forced to leave. The owners of one of the buildings has decided to sell it, and it will be converted in a hostel. Gabriela is not only suffering the loss of her husband, she is also facing the loss of her community.



Satia and her cousins playing in the patio.

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Gabriela gets ready to leave the house. She only leaves to visit Torres at the nursing home.

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Gabriela's canary is blind and missing a leg. She has always had canaries.

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Gabriela's daily company now that her husband is sick is her canary.

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Kids play on the stairs that lead to Gabriela's home

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Satia's mother Carla. She is worried because she doesn't know where they are going to live.

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Satia and her father watch tv in the bedroom.

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View from my window. 

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Decorations placed by residents for the local festivities.

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Toys and ornaments decorate flower pots in the patio

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Satia prepares decorations for the local festivities that take place in June every year.

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The patio is full of plants that residents tend to daily.

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Conceição Belo. She has lived here in the patio for many years. 

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At evening

they grow weary, the patio’s two or three colours.
Tonight, the moon, bright circle,
fails to dominate space.
Patio, channel of sky.
The patio is the slope
down which sky flows into the house.
Serene,
eternity waits at the crossroad of stars.
It’s pleasant to live in the friendly dark
of entrance-way, arbour, and cistern.


- Jorge Luis Borges,


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Satia and her cousin doing homework. 

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Neighbours celebrate the local festivities with a dinner in the patio and eat sardines.

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Men take my furniture out of the patio to my new home. I was the first resident to leave after the eviction notices.

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"In all souls, as in all houses, beyond the façade lies a hidden interior."

— RAUL BRANDÃO


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Gabriela misses Torres and suffers every day.

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Gabriela used to have lots of neighbours, but slowly they are moving out.

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Gabriela says that one day the patio will be full of restaurants and tourist accommodation, just like the other patios.

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