Tuesday May 17th – Thursday May 19th 2016
I didn’t sleep at all. I never sleep before a day I know is going to be tough. We had to get up at 5am. Sis was sleeping upstairs, but I didn’t want to wake her.
We got an Uber to SFO. We had to pay extra because Thoth’s bag was overweight. We went through security and got to our gate in plenty of time. The flight boarded on time, but we had to get off and were delayed 3 hours because of a technical problem. We were scared we would miss our flight from Boston to Lisbon.
When we landed in Boston at 9pm, someone met us (and 12 other passengers) at the gate and led us to our flight. We barely made it. We had to fly 4 hours, land on an island to refuel, and then fly another 2 hours to Lisbon. We were in the air for 10 hours. It was horrible, as flying always is.
At the end both Thoth and I started panicking. It sucks to be stuck in a position where you aren’t comfortable, can’t move and can’t sleep. We made it to Lisbon at 12 noon on May 18th.
We got to the apartment in Chiado and Rui was waiting for us. He brought our bags upstairs and we settled into our room. I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open, but we got some things at the Chinese store and went to see Victor at our performance spot, 56 Rua Garrett. He and the manager (I don’t know his name) welcomed us back and said we were welcome to play. That cheered us up.
We got some raspberries and strawberries at a fruit cart on the street and rested at home before dinner. We had dinner at our favorite Nepalese place down the street and I fell into bed at 10pm.
I slept until 3:30 today. We feel at home here. Tomorrow (Friday May 20th) we play at 56 58 60 Rua Garrett starting around 8pm for one and a half to two hours, depending on how we feel.
Vlogs coming soon…
Sunday May 24th 2015
I was feeling better today. More relaxed. I got dressed all pretty. I had to show you the view we pass every day on our way to our spot. ———->>>
We got to our spot around 8 and the Juice Bar and Gardenia was already closed. Once the guard left, we set up and got started playing. We were scared the guard would come back and bother us, but he didn’t. At first, our crowds weren’t that big. I wasn’t expecting anything, as we’ve experienced Sunday’s being slow in the years past. Man, were we wrong. After a half hour of playing, we had the entire street packed with people trying to look in and watch us. We stand in the center now with our case in front of us. We used to have to play one on either side. I think being in the center creates more focus. I finally started to relax and had fun and be more animated. We finally got to play through the entire opera! I was so happy and relieved that we got through the entire weekend without being bothered. That’s what I hoped would happen! Our spot. After prayformance poses.
A man selling scarves on the sidewalk across from us came and sat next to us. “How long you play here?” he asked in broken English. “8:30 to 10.” Thoth said. “It very hard for me people looking at you. They don’t look at me.” he said. I immediately got annoyed and continued packing up. “That’s because we’re good at what we do.” Thoth said, but the man didn’t understand. “It very hard for me.” he continued saying. Thoth shrugged his shoulder and the man walked back to his scarves. We laughed about it. “It very hard for me.” I said with the man’s accent. Just as he left, a man and his young child came over to us. “We came just to see you.” the man said with the little girl clinging to his leg. “She wants to be just like you when she grows up. She told me I should get a skirt and dance around.” he said. How cute! “To think, in the same moment that scarf salesman was whining at us, they came over and said how much they love us!”
We wanted to go to the burger place down the street from home, but the line was too long, so we went to Nood again. I didn’t mind. Some people we hadn’t seen in a while were there. it really felt like old times. It was midnight before we got home.
We went home and I talked to my sister on Skype. She was very talkative and excited. I told her how happy and relieved I was. She was happy for me. I took a picture of Thoth holding Bunny. Sometimes, now that I use the camera phone, I’m able to get the sweetest shots of him. Good night Bunny!
We are more passionate about prayforming than anyone is to stop us. Anyone who tries to is wasting their time.
We do wonder if we’ll be stopped from playing at our spot in Rua Garrett by the security guards. We have been before, but we just continued coming back until they stopped bothering us. There’s no reason to argue with them. They’re logic is invalid, that we know, but they have a tendency not to listen. We’re more stubborn then they are, though. 🙂 They stop us because it’s their job. We prayform because our hearts, minds, bodies and souls demand we must. Who knows, maybe the guards won’t bother us this time. They didn’t last night.
I wish we didn’t have to worry about it, but that’s the nature of being free. We don’t answer to anyone, and no one can control us, but they try to. It’s threatening to some. Last night, that woman who stopped us said people were complaining. Wait a minute, what about all the people who were enjoying us? Did she not hear them clapping for us? Did she not see them blocking the hallways to watch us? Do they not count? Why is it that one person’s complaint trumps all the others who are loving us?
There is no spot in the world where we’ve been officially welcomed to play, yet nowhere we enjoy playing is it illegal to play. Yes, we are embraced and loved by the people who watch us, but not by any officials. Never has an official welcomed us to play at a space. They always bother us until they realize we’re not going to stop.
This is what we were worried about today. Yes, some people have much worse problems, but it is a disturbing feeling. Prayforming is everything to us. It makes us happy and it keeps us alive. It pays for our food and rent and everything we do. Without it, we can’t survive, so we’re terrified at the idea of it being taken away from us. Some would say not to worry about things that haven’t happened yet, but it’s easier said than done! It’s hard not to worry. 58 Rua Garrett is our only spot we’ve found to play in Lisbon, and we’ve come here many times.
I had a really great sleep last night. I put a pillow under my hip to keep it from hurting, and I took some Melatonin. I slept from 1am until 2pm. I’ve been getting up around 2 since we got here. I don’t mind. It’s too hot and sunny during the day anyway. Eventually I’ll get up earlier. Jet lag really does suck!
We had lunch at the cafe again. I got a delicious chicken crepe. Mmmmm!!!! We got ready at 6pm and got to 56 Rua Garrett at 8pm when the juice bar was closing. Our friend —— helped the woman put the tables and chairs away that are on either side of the space. They weren’t finished until about 8:20pm. We nervously waited and saw three security guards go by. We were too scared to set up in the space, worried the guards would stop us before we even started. Amplified music was still playing through a speaker from Gardenia. I asked the woman who worked at the juice bar if she could turn it off, but she said it was connected to inside the store.
I went into Gardenia and asked if I could talk to the manager. “He’s not here. He’ll be back on Monday.” she said. I asked if she might be able to turn the music off while we play. “Maybe in a few days when he comes back. Come on Monday and talk to him.” she said. She was very nice. “Starting in June, we close at 10.” she said. “We’re going to have to talk to the manager.” I said. “He’s told me about you guys and he is still interested. Come back. It could work.” she said.
We sat in the space wondering what to do. Thoth was worried about getting on the guards bad side if we played now. He wanted to go look at the other space, so we did. As we were sitting talking and wondering what to do, a man came up to us. “Are you going to play somewhere? My girlfriend loves you guys, but she is very shy.” he said. “We might play down the street in a little, but we’re not sure.” Thoth said. When it was 9pm, we walked back to the spot. Gardenia still wasn’t closed and the music was still playing. Some guys asked when we’d play. We were so stressed and we still had to play for an hour to make our dinner. We decided to start. I was feeling scared, irritated, hungry and tired.
The moment we started “Anya,” we felt better. We had humungous crowds. It’s so easy to gather crowds there. We draw people to us like moths to a flame. Our voices carry so easily in the space, and people can see us from the other side of the street. We stopped at 10:15pm, uninterested in seeing the guards who would come to close the space around 10:30pm.
It boggles my mind why the owner of the space didn’t offer for us to play from 8 to 10:30. Instead he assumed we only wanted to play while the juice bar was open. Of course not. There are chairs and tables sitting out and we block the entire space. We don’t want to play when it’s open. We prefer to play when it’s closed. We just want to fucking play.
We were both relieved. We had a nice dinner. Who knows what will happen tomorrow!