It was my intention to stay with the host in Sao Tocado, Gemma, until sometime in January. But I had to draw on our flexibility agreement, that I could stay for a week more or less than we planned from the start. I had the great news from a very good friend from Denmark, that she would like to visit me in Portugal from a few days before New Year and until the 14.th of January. It’s now two days after New Year and we have spend 4 days together, and that is fantastic!!
I liked the work on the farm and Gemma was a great host in many aspects. Good food, great place and surroundings, nice conversations. The work was hard and many hours, more than the expected hours according to Workaway.info. But I voluntary agreed with that, I liked the work with the horses, in the fields making fences and so on. And it was necessary, the animals had to be fed and the last 2 weeks I was the only volunteer there. So we were only the two of us during christmas, good food and work.
My room at the farm.
Now Jette and I will spend a week in Lagos, until Sunday the 4.th – then we will follow the Algarve coast until Faro the 14.th when Jette will take her flight back to Denmark. From Sunday to Wednesday we have booked an apartment in Portimao, about 22 km. from Lagos. It’s a bit luxury and a touristic place for my kind of travel, but since it’s out of season we get it very cheep. Actually we pay 15 euro less for two persons with kitchen and stuff, than I paid for one person on a primitive hostel in Santiago. A bit odd, but they really dump the prices at this time of the year. We went there to preview today and it was pretty nice to walk the large and empty beach, in 25 degrees sunshine!!
View from the roof of our hostel in Lagos
Somewhere in Lagos:
We have not planned the last 7-8 days yet, but we just drive slowly along the coast and sightsee a bit until Faro. It gives me good time to try to find me a lift from somewhere along the Algarve to La Gomera late January or start February. Until then I will just relax, explore and enjoy the sunny weather.
Apropos New Year. The New Year is certainly celebrated differently here that I,m used to in Denmark. First of all the amount of firecracker stuff is limited to only a short public thing at 12 o’clock and some 5-10 minutes. Enough to be beautiful, but only a few things. Nobody fired rockets in the streets, it seems that the Portugise is happy about the public celebration at the square at the town. Compared to that the New Year in Denmark last something like a week, the first bums and lights on the sky starts like shortly after Christmas eve. In Denmark it seems like the majority of people insists to buy and light their own stuff, and there is even more or less a competition between some people to have the biggest or most powerful bombs and stuff. At 12 the town I lived in, Aarhus, was a total caos of rockets and firecrackers flying among the people at the streets. I like the Portugise way much more, according to pollution, waste of money and especially waste of lives. I heard that at least 3 people was killed in Denmark this year, because of illegal imported fireworks, and beside a lot of people hurt.
Well, now it’s over and hopefully people get wiser next year!
Salute – and may this year 2015 be a fantastic and lucky year for you and everyone out there.