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!
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.
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.
It was another immensely pleasant day off. I’m so grateful for the life we have!
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.
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.
We walked around a bit before taking the train home. Sintra is so beautiful. It holds a special place in our hearts.
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.
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.