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November 2010

Zambujeira ~ 5 to 8 September 2010

A few mates are meeting up for some sunshiny days. It's a mad hectic rush from Bilal's place to catch the train into Lisboa, the Metro to Jardim Zoologica and then hot-foot it to Sete Rios bus station to get the bus to Zambujeira. Despite being held up in an “onderonsie” that Tert had with his ticket on the Metro, we were able to send the gazelle Rosa to buy tickets – she made it with seconds to spare and we hauled our tired butts onto the bus for a 4 hour journey to paradise. Arrived as it was getting dark and were met in town by Andreas, Thelia & Jasper. We had a quick meal and then made our way (with less baggage, thanks to A & T taking it on the bike!!), to our campsite – on the hill top overlooking the sea. We quickly set up camp on the ground and got into zzzzzzzzz mode. The next morning I was greeted by the most beautiful site...stark cliffs and a pristine white beach, perfect waves, rejuvenating sunshine...what more could a gal ask? We spend the next few days getting as much Vitamin D as we can, playing like kids in the sea. I found my own private cave that appears when the tide is out. Many happy hours spent just lolling in the little pools, thinking about....pretty much nothing! I built some really good calf and gluteus maximus muscles, what with the 281 steps up and down to the beach, sometimes twice a day. One afternoon, as if by magic, the Wood Pixie from Boom! Appeared before my eyes!! I couldn't believe it. All this way to bump into him again. He and Rosa made camp on the 3rd beach, but we suspected that the tide might come in too close for comfort, so we built reinforcement walls around their temporary home. But you cannot challenge the wild Atlantic...she came in with avengance during the night and soaked them good and solid. We tried!!
Happy travellers ~ T, Jasper, Rosa, Andreas

Happy travellers ~ T, Jasper, Rosa, Andreas

Tert, Moi, T, Jasper

Tert, Moi, T, Jasper

my bedroom for 4 nights

my bedroom for 4 nights

Lee at Saõ Teotonio market

Lee at Saõ Teotonio market

Awesome beach..many steps to climb!

Awesome beach..many steps to climb!

Beautiful diamond like striatations in the rocks

Beautiful diamond like striatations in the rocks

Reminds me of myself in Greece 33 years ago!!!

Reminds me of myself in Greece 33 years ago!!!

Campsite of Rosa and the Wood Pixie

Campsite of Rosa and the Wood Pixie

God's creation is awesome!

God's creation is awesome!

Stone sculptures

Stone sculptures

Scrap sculpture

Scrap sculpture

Beach waterfall

Beach waterfall

And the sun sets on another perfect day

And the sun sets on another perfect day

Posted by Gypsy Lee 02:27 Archived in Portugal Comments (2)

Lisboa ~ 28 August to 4 September 2010

all seasons in one day

Well Boom! is a thing of the past and the next phase of my journey has begun. The beauty of my experience, especially in last 2 years, is that I am learning a great lesson in trust....taking life a day at a time and even, on occasion, an hour at a time...it is exhilirating, challenging and gratifying. With no planned way to get out of Boom!, which is about 60km from nearest town (small villages nearby), and lift opportunities dwindling rapidly, I only had my thumb, legs and smile to help me and they sure did the trick...caught a lift in a vehicle with Inez, going to Lisbon and with my baggage in Johanna's van! The day before I went back to my tent to contemplate the options, wondering how I was going to lighten my load so that I would be more free to travel to remoter places...within 3 minutes Bilal, one of the healers, came and chatted, offered that I could use his home in Lisbon as a base to leave things and come and go from there as required!! And so all our needs are met. We arrived at about 7pm and Bilal came through to collect my excess stuff...he helped me with directions etc to a backpackers in the centre of old Lisbon. I was going to board the Metro, thought I must check if a bed was still available and it wasnt??!! Eish, that would have been hectic to arrive there so late with no place to sleep..I called Bilal and he graciously helped again..came back, tried to find alternate accommodation, but none, so I slept over at his place - like a 5 star hotel after 2 weeks of rough camping. He has been soooo gracious and kind...life is amazing when one´s heart is right. So today I weigh up all the options....look for WOOFER farmwork opportunities, possibly teaching English here or in Spain, may meet up with another friend who is going to work in the Pyrenees, visit some eco-villages, go to a very remote farm in the north of Portugal where Sophie lives and works...it´s great. But the best of all is that I have been offered to house-sit in Sintra - a deeply spiritual area north of Lisbon - it is the place where royalty used to go for the summer holidays - amazing castles and villas - the original home of the Knights Templar here in Portugal, so it is steeped in mysticism and legend. I have full access to Valentina and Francois´home - she was the manager of the healing area @ Boom and they will be staying there to breakdown structures or going to Italy for a few weeks. I basically just need to air the place as it can become damp - lots of mist most of the time - you know me and that kind of weather - and feed the 2 chickens!!! Whoopeeeee....so might just hang there for 3 weeks...or months!!!
Lisboa beach with fort...and blerrie cold water!

Lisboa beach with fort...and blerrie cold water!

Carla, Bilal, Moi

Carla, Bilal, Moi

I love sunsets

I love sunsets

Lisboa Metro art

Lisboa Metro art

Shady streets of the city

Shady streets of the city

Posted by Gypsy Lee 09:30 Archived in Portugal Comments (0)

bOOm! bOOm! bOOm! 14 ~ 27 August 2010

The bait that brought me to my destiny in Portugal

sunny 32 °C

Boom! was an amazing experience....lots of hard physical work....so Marjo, our months of not getting to ride bike\walk as often as we wanted to were a hidden blessing!!! I made up for that in the 1st week at Boom!! Lots of heavy physical work and strenuous walking!! Working in very high temperatures was at times unpleasant (42 one weekend), but then I could just stroll down to the stunning clear lake and take a dip whenever required....have a very good almost all-over tan!!! The only down side of Boom! for me, and most of the people I spoke to, was the 24/7 doef-doef music. It started as a trance party way back when, but has evolved into more organic music and healing as well. However the trance music permeates through everything and you cannot get away from it, even if you had a peaceful meditation in the Pudja tent - it was still there. So quality and quantity of sleep seriously affected. The last 2 nights were bliss though - only the sounds of nature. All the stuff that was happening was incredible - workshops on raising our awareness/consciousness, connecting more with the Creator, an amazing art exhibition (most inspiring), wonderful healing therapies - I had a Watsu session which was a profound experience – when I went under that warm water, floating peacefully, I connected with my memory of the womb...sheer bliss.
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The creative spirit of the place was quite mind-blowing. My sweet soul sister Thelia produced some beautiful creatures. I have made friends with incredible people and have invitations to visit them all over the world. It´s a WOW!!! for me.

Tranquility - my place of refreshing

Tranquility - my place of refreshing


my humble home

my humble home

Jasper in children's paradise

Jasper in children's paradise


Thelia's living sculpture

Thelia's living sculpture

Earthen Shaman

Earthen Shaman

Almost done...the pressure was immense

Almost done...the pressure was immense

Tibetan tea house

Tibetan tea house

Sunset from my backdoor

Sunset from my backdoor

Full moon setting from the same backdoor!

Full moon setting from the same backdoor!

Other-worldly structures

Other-worldly structures

Guardians of the garden

Guardians of the garden

Thelia Tree Fairy

Thelia Tree Fairy

Orbs over the fire on full moon night

Orbs over the fire on full moon night

Ganga Giri live at the Sacred Fire ~ I would never have dreamt that I would see this in person!!

Ganga Giri live at the Sacred Fire ~ I would never have dreamt that I would see this in person!!

Stonehenge a la Boom!

Stonehenge a la Boom!

And for some there is NO inhibition!!

And for some there is NO inhibition!!

Happiness!!

Happiness!!

Delish food served most often by sweet Hugo in the raw food cafe

Delish food served most often by sweet Hugo in the raw food cafe

Posted by Gypsy Lee 09:12 Archived in Portugal Comments (0)

Caceres ~ 12 to 13 August 2010

What a beautiful town! It is so old, with amazing castles and little cobbled streets. I just love it! (But then it seems that i just love every place I go to!!). I am spoilt...Raine treated me to a night in a "proper" hotel...quite delightful after bunk beds in the backpackers...I have my own bathroom, a TV and an airconditioner! Thanks sweetheart!!
The view from my hotel room - what a treat!

The view from my hotel room - what a treat!

Spend most of my time just wandering through the many winding streets. I see a beautiful leather backpack but decide not to buy it as I am on a tight budget until I get a feel for the flow of money! I am regretting still...darn...but I believe the leather goods in Morocco are even better in quality and price...so I accept that.
Caceres - the old city

Caceres - the old city


caceres12

caceres12

I was there!

I was there!


Moroccan Garden

Moroccan Garden


The church on the main square

The church on the main square

So much beauty in simple things

So much beauty in simple things

Making best use of small spaces - check the washing line!!

Making best use of small spaces - check the washing line!!

Charming cobbled streets

Charming cobbled streets

Yaaay!! Thelia has materialised the vehicle...we find each other in the town square...what a joyous meeting...much shouts of delight and hugs.

And off we go...in the car of lovely elf, Sofie...life is a treat!!

Posted by Gypsy Lee 07:14 Archived in Spain Comments (0)

Madrid ~ 10 to 11 Aug 2010

Madrid is a stunning city...I love everything about this part of the world. The tappas bars are everywhere....4 or 5 in a block. Of course the bloodhound in me sniffed out a few really good fresh food markets. I brave the Metro and travel back and forth, just getting a feel for the city. It's awesome to feel so safe...alone, at night...no problem. Viva a libertade!!
Food Markets To Die For

Food Markets To Die For

More Food!

More Food!

Synchronicity is very apparent in my journey....I chose a tappas bar to try out my 1st Spanish meal...it was PACKED, 3 rows deep. I wondered around, much like a lost fart in a whirlwind, trying to see what there was on offer, what it costs and how to order it!! This is what I love about foreign travel.

After going from one side of the bar to the other, looking for a gap...the crowds parted and an elderly man and woman beckoned me to the counter. I ordered a jambon roll and a beer. There is just a torrent of Spanish conversation around me. Then a sweet voice says "I think you must ask him again..he has forgotten your jambon!!" The sweet voice belongs to a sweet old lady...within minutes she has asked me to visit her when I come back to Madrid and would like to know if I am interested in teaching English!!!! My 1st valuable contact in Europe.
Madrid Street Artist

Madrid Street Artist


After taking this photo I was sooo relieved to realise I was not in South Africa ;D

After taking this photo I was sooo relieved to realise I was not in South Africa ;D

I stay 2 nights at the backpackers then head off to Caceres to meet up with Thelia, who will some how materialise a vehicle to fetch me!!

Posted by Gypsy Lee 00:22 Archived in Spain Comments (0)

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