On the feast of São João, Porto becomes a wild, crazy city where every cat and dog come outside to perform rituals of pagan origin: eating barbecued sardines, jumping over open fires, caressing basil plants, thrusting stinky leek flowers at other’s noses, hitting them in the head with a plastic hammer, and sending paper baloons like this to fly.

At midnight every street and alley is so packed you can’t move. There are people from all walks of life, eating and drinking and chatting on the run, going to the river first and then walking for miles to watch the sunrise at the beach (curiously, the sun sets in the ocean over here).

More tomorrow!

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