Walking through the Botanical Gardens and Going to Sintra!

Monday June 16th 2015

Today we went to the Botanical Gardens. It was really lovely. It was serene walking through the trees hand in hand. It’s amazing we’re living in this beautiful city for the summer. The gardens were just down the street from home, So lovely!

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We had lunch at Cevicheria. It was a kinda fancy seafood place with an interesting menu. I forgot to take pictures of the food I was so hungry. The ambiance was really nice.

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We stopped at the park on the way home. IMG_20150615_162319705 IMG_20150615_162436935

 

When we got home, Vonda said someone from Chapito called us. We called back. Thoth couldn’t understand what they wanted. It sounded like they wanted us to come to a performance. Maria’s son came over later and said they want us to perform before the show. The acoustics in the space are good. The woman who runs the place met us a few weeks ago at Chapito when we went there to have lunch. He told her all about us, but she didn’t look us up on the internet. She has no idea what we do. He said he would bring us there tomorrow night so we could see the space and the rehearsal. We’ve known about Chapito for 4 years. This is the first time they’ve invited us to perform for them.

Tuesday June 17th 2015

Today we went to Sintra for lunch. Before leaving, I redyed my hair.

My new hair!

My new hair!

It was another immensely pleasant day off. I’m so grateful for the life we have!

Walking to the train station.

Walking to the train station.

Getting on the train.

Getting on the train.

I listened to Enya on the train ride. I was listening to her when we were taking the long bus ride from Edinburgh to London around this time last year. It made me feel so grateful. We live such an amazing life. We’re able travel all over the world our own dime.

The castle on the hill.

The castle on the hill.

A spot we thought of playing at a long time ago.

A spot we thought of playing at a long time ago.

A pretty statue.

A pretty statue.

The palace entrance where we played in 2010.

The palace entrance where we played in 2010.

We were hoping to have lunch at a teahouse near the train station, but it was closed, instead we walked to the palace and had lunch at a tourist trap. It was delicious. “We really need to enjoy ourselves when we do things like this.” Thoth said.

Thoth's big beer.

Thoth’s big beer.

Eating polvo salad.

Eating polvo salad.

Hair color inspiration.

Hair color inspiration.

We walked around a bit before taking the train home. Sintra is so beautiful. It holds a special place in our hearts.

Thoth on a cute street.

Thoth on a cute street.

A pretty view.

A pretty view.

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More pretty buildings.

More pretty buildings.

Another pretty statue.

Another pretty statue.

Goodbye Sintra

Goodbye Sintra.

We rested for a few hours when we got home, then Maria’s son picked us up to take us to Chapito’s rehearsal for their student’s final performance. The car ride was very bumpy. 
The space was incredible. It was an old primary school. We talked with different people, discussing where we would perform. We decided to play at the top of the staircase where the acoustics are best. I think it will be fun. The students were warming up for their rehearsal. We looked around and I took lots of pictures. IMG_20150616_214956286 IMG_20150616_215007820 IMG_20150616_215022467 IMG_20150616_215045246 IMG_20150616_215143044 IMG_20150616_215309484 IMG_20150616_215312326 IMG_20150616_215320068 IMG_20150616_220225881 IMG_20150616_220931712

I was hungry and tired, so our friend said he’d take us home. We’ll see the show on Thursday. The matron wants us to perform at 9pm before the show and a little bit after the show. It’s so odd that she has no idea what we do. She told us the theme of the show is freedom. “Can you fit into that?” she asked. She has no clue. We ARE freedom. She even asked us if we were good. That’s such an odd question. “Nah, we’re not that good.” we said laughing. She also said something like she hopes we’re not too big because the show is about the students. We are big. She’ll see. We’ll really surprise her. People will be able to hear us through the entire building, and even outside probably. For this gig, we’re supposed to usher people into the show with our music, but people tend not to walk past us. People are stopped in their tracks by us. I find it interesting that someone’s with Thoth’s age and experience is asked if he’s any good. It’s better to be underrated than overrated.

Tomorrow is our last day at the pensao. We’re moving to our new place on Monday.

2 thoughts on “Walking through the Botanical Gardens and Going to Sintra!

  1. ellen

    What an amazing post! So beautiful & different from what I’ve ever seen! Thank you thank you! Can’t wait to read the next installment and find out about the reaction to your prayformance at the school! Bless u both – you are inspirations and carriers of The Dream – playing and/or playing!

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