All posts by Rodrigo Viterbo

Hello from the Netherlands

It’s already 4 months that we are here, in the Netherlands.

Only now we are saying hello because we had loads of things to do.

So now we do know that if you move to the Netherlands you need:

Rent/buy a property (you need to figure out your own floor because most apartments to rent DO NOT HAVE A FLOOR :)

Get the citizen service number (BSN)

Get a job!!

Insurance and general practitioner.

And in our case school and babysitter

In order to accomplish this list we use a lot of information from expats and expatica and I definitely suggest to check it out if you are planing to move to the Netherlands!!

After all that hard work when almost all is set up for Terese to start her course in ArtEZ we can send a big Hello to all our friends and family!!

We are here for not such a long period but we already love this “biky” country :) and on the next post we will speak more about Dutch specialities !!!

P.s. best cakes is in Hemels and best coffee is Peeze!!!

To be continued…

Kurt Weinberg – tribute to an amazing man

In Nansen Village
In Nansen Village

In June 2015 I discovered, almost by chance, the place that would receive us as a family, for almost 2,5 years in London. It was very challenging to move to London and to join a Masters in a conservatoire. Living at Nansen Village was the support we all needed as a family.

Nansen Village was created by Kurt Weinberg, a man with a vision that I deeply admire.

We want to share with you a text that explains how a couple of Nazi Germany refugees setup an amazing 50 year old project:

The Nansen Village community both here in Finchley and spread all over the world, is thinking with sadness and gratitude of our founder Kurt Weinberg, who has died aged 93.

Kurt came to this country in 1939 as a Kindertransport refugee from Nazi Germany as a teenager. He, along with many other Jewish children, was welcomed and educated here.

Nansen Village Founder and Philanthropist



Kurt showed his enterprising spirit early on. As a school boy he organised the collection of paper salvage all around the countryside in Cornwall where his school was evacuated during the war.

He decided not to go to University, though more than capable, his family did not have the means at the time. After working in a radio factory he set up his own business importing Dutch cigars. His family in Germany had been in the cigar business so he felt well able to take this up. Of course, being the man he was, full of determination, this was successful. All of you who know him are aware of his tremendous tenacity. When Kurt decided something would happen he made sure it did!

Kurt was blessed with a long and happy marriage to Charlotte also a refugee from Nazi Germany.

Having established their family home with their four daughters, Kurt and Charlotte started exploring ways in which others could benefit from the sort of welcome they had received as young refugees. They were advised that students from overseas, particularly couples and families found it very difficult to afford London rental rates.

This gave them the idea for the great initiative that is Nansen Village. They wanted to find a way to bring together people from different backgrounds and beliefs so that they could gain an understanding of each other. Together with a group of friends they formed the Woodside Project and began fundraising. Kurt approached a number of bodies for support and the family also raised money through stalls at local events. Eventually enough had been gathered and promised for a site to be found and plans were drawn up. Kurt was the main mover in this. He found the Woodside Park site and appointed the architect, with whom he worked closely.

The first tenants moved in in1970, and since then 1739 families have experienced life in the Village, with the chance to meet others from around the world and studying many different subjects and attending different Universities.

Kurt was the Chairman of the Project and remained so for many years. Even when he gave up the position he was always fully involved in the running of the Village, until ill-health overtook him in recent years. He and Charlotte were constant visitors to the Village, knew all the tenants and helped to support them. They made many long-lasting friendships and were able to visit ex-tenants in many parts of the world in their travels.

None of this would have happened without the tenacious and determined character of the amazing, impressive man Kurt Weinberg. So many people are thankful for the chance to live in a secure and supportive home in London, which leaves them with memories they hold dear forever.

Also those of us connected to Nansen Village in other ways have immense respect and affection for him.

Nansen Village is a memorial to Kurt and his vision, and all of us are committed to ensuring its continued success.

2018 or bye bye dear London

Hmmm our big 2017 is finished. And we are entering 2018 that doesn’t look less challenging :)
Goals of “17 :
  • Challenge “MMus in London” – accomplished.
  • New member of family “baby Vincent” joined our family!
  • Decision about next living place done.
Preparing to pack
Preparing to pack
Ready to move
Ready to move
“18 brings to us:
  • Challenge “MA In Arnhem”.
  • Keep learning about our boys and family as we did until now! To be honest we are so proud of our work as family even if sometimes it was not easy !!!

Happy New Year!

Let’s meet in the Netherlands!!

Rodrigo in Argentina

So I went to Argentina! The Leadership course organizes some international placements for their students and this year both year 1, year 2 and some other Guildhall students had the opportunity to go to La Plata for two weeks. The activity was hosted by Colectivo La Sonora and had four main aspects: Candombe Percussion, Tango, community work and folkore music and dance.

Together with other 7 students we spent an amazing fortnight with two weeks full of music, strong emotions, intensive experiences, “multi-culti” moments, shared learning, and loads of music making that culminated in a concert in La Plata in the last night.

A word of thank you to everyone who made this experience possible:

  • the staff of the Leadership course
  • Teresa Campos, our group coordinator
  • the people that worked with us
    • Lissandro Baum, folklore
    • Miky de Pozo, traditional percussion
    • Sergio Balderrabano, a great musicologist and Piazzolla connoisseur
    • Mariano, our chacarera teacher
    • La Minga, cuerda de candombe from La Plata
    • Romina, our candombe dance teacher
    • Our tango dance teachers
    • And so many other amazing people we had the chance to meet
    • Bruno Cabadas, amazing bandoneon player that shared the stage with us on the Concierto para Quinteto by Piazzolla
  • Finally the guys from La Sonora that did everything to organize such a wonderful experience for us:
    • Alejandro Rodriguez, the head behind all this
    • Cynthia Aguirre, the incredible tango singer
    • Diego Amerise, the double bass man with a huge heart
    • Juan Pablo Castrillo, our Candombe master
    • Nahuén Ercoli, such a generous musician
    • Rocío Bergé, the photographer that was always so supportive (the next galery is with photos by her)
    • Horacio Pas, the amazing producer
  • And Jose, our driver!

To everyone, again, THANK YOU. This post is more to share some images and the overall feeling than going in detail about these two weeks.

We started moving

We are on the move to London. The next weeks will be crazy for The Walkabout Family!

We left the house in Portugal, now we came to Vilnius to spend some time with Terese’s family, after I’m still going some days to Portugal for Sonópolis and then we meet in London!

Yesterday we spent almost all day in roads, airplanes and airports and it was really cool to see Markus’ new insterests. Just one month ago we was flying to Cabo Verde and he didn’t seem so interested in the details like this time.

Saying goodbyes to Portugal

The time to move to London is approaching quite fast so we have been saying our goodbyes to Portugal! Let us share with you some images of this process…

Since we came from Cabo Verde, we’ve been closing chapters and preparing the new one. We moved to a house in a great place called Vilar de Mouros. It’s a small village in the north of Portugal that became famous because of the oldest portuguese music summer festival. My uncle allowed us to stay at his house for some time to save some money on rent and this has been our base for these times.

The place where we was keeping our things to sell was robbed a second time and now we left a sign on the door asking our friends not to break nothing more as there was nothing important left inside. We found ouselves throwing away a lot of things and always thinking about the amount of stuff we keep for “one day to be used in something nice”.

The days in Vilar have been spent between enjoying the portuguese sun before moving to London, visiting around showing the surroundings to Markus and Terese, working on the papers for the school, looking for ways to fund our stay in London and even though I almost don’t have any more tools and resources for working in the didgeridoos I couldn’t resist to work on a project I had unfinished.

There is still a lot to happen to us in the next weeks and those times are a delicious challenge to us as a family. We are grateful to be living this oportunity to follow our dreams.

We were stolen – what we learned from that experience

The Walkabout Family is moving to London. Because this is a very big event for us we are selling almost everything we have. But we were stolen. Here we share what we learnt from that experience.

When we understood that this would be a new chapter for us we started looking for what we had that we wouldn’t need. All the clothes and things from Markus was given to other parents or institutions. Then came some house things like furniture and kitchen utilities. Then the musical instruments, books, CDs and other things or memories from our lives. Then the tools. Because we had to move out of the house we was living in we stored everything in Rodrigo’s workshop while we was posting it in our Leaving Stuff Behind blog.

Two days before going to Cabo Verde we received a phone call: “place was stolen, come as fast as you can to see what’s missing”. This is a glimpse of what we found…

At first it’s sad to see your things like this. Not because of their value but because some of these things was collected when we were kids, me or Terese, and some happen to be special for us in their way.

I just had one hour to understand what was missing and immediatly I noticed a four wheeled scooter that was already promised to someone, an old computer that I was going to offer to an institution, my angle grinder that was mounted with my didgeridoo making tool the Arbortech, some power tools for didgeridoo making, among other things. In total about 600 euros worth in material was gone.

After sadness comes anger. I started feeling really bad about this and the people who had done it. Bad thoughts filled my mind..

Nothing to be done at the moment, I tried to rescue the last didgeridoo making tools, took these pictures, a last look and I had to leave to work in Cabo Verde trying not to think too much about this and trying to send away the fear that they would come back to pick more things while I would be away.

We went to Cabo Verde, worked our best and came back earlier than expected because of reasons we couldn’t control.

As soon as we landed in Portugal I came back to the place. I needed to face it and clean it. It was very difficult to pick up everything from the floor and collect the traces of the event.

When I started collecting evidences I understood that they was kids: they was playing with some old toys like this toy slot car race set and these miniature guns.

IMG_2351_2 IMG_2352

After some minutes wanting to slap these kids faces to teach them a lesson I found myself feeling sad for them that they don’t understand the notion of respect and property. They didn’t enter the place necessarily because they are in finantial hardship but mostly to play adults and brave ones. In the end they find themselves playing with two old useless toys and the destroy some things in the way. I whish I could meet them and ask if they want more things, I have been giving a lot of our things and it’s more important that they move into new hands than to make a fortune out of these things.

Any way: they didn’t come back while we were out and no new things were stolen. Now the place is empty and it’s time to share what we learned from this experience:

  • After the “attack” I contacted some people and in one day we forwarded most of the things that was still sitting in the place – I moved out more things in some hours than I had done in two weeks, apparently we needed a push!
  • The first impressions from the scenario they left made us think it was a robbery, after better observation we understood that they were kids trying to prove something – how we all must be careful with first feelings!
  • 600 euros worth of material and some sentimental things disappeared and we found ourselves not missing them so much after all – as a friend said: everything that can be stolen from you is replaceable.

Most of our things are sold, given and delivered. We are very excited with this detachment practice that is opening space for new learnings and experiences!

Takas – Road to Cabo Verde, a review

A portuguese-lithuanian family and a didgeridoo in Cabo Verde for 6 days – a small review!

After some months preparing the visit to Cabo Verde, the moment finally came. In this post we will share some images of our activities and later we will create more posts about each of them.

We had everything ready to stay for 14 days but the announcement of TAP’s pilots strike came to shake those plans… The original plan was to spend some days in Praia, then move to Porto Madeira and finally to visit the Rabelados of Espinho Branco. Because of the strike our filght was changed to April, 28th and so we had to change our plans.

This was our agenda for six days:

  • TAKAS concert at Palácio da Cultura Ildo Lobo, in Praia
  • Making Paper Didgeridoos Workshop with local musicians and artists
  • Three concerts for students from L’École Internationale Les Alizés
  • 3 day community workshop based on the didgeridoo and the creation of a show
  • TAKAS concert at Rabelados from Espinho Branco
  • Community wokshop based on the didgeridoo

It was an intense period and we are very thankful to all the partners who made it possible: Misá Kouassi, Fundação GDA, Ministério da Cultura de Cabo Verde, Art Kafé and L’École Internationale Les Alizés.

We leave some images from these days and we will be posting more during the next weeks.

With the support:

6 ContinenteGDA preto

See you in mid May!!!

So, The Walkabout Family is about to enter a big adventure and we might become a bit out of contact!

See you in mid May!
See you in mid May!

In the next thirty days a lot will happen in our lives… Moving to London is a big challenge for us in this moment so we are focusing all our energy in that change.

But other things will happen in the meantime: we are moving out of our house to cut down some expenses, we are going to take our work to Cabo Verde for some days and besides all this Rodrigo still has some tasks for the school application at Guildhall.

Uff! So much to pack and carry! I can do it...
Uff! So much to pack and carry! I can do it…

We will spend the next days packing, moving, traveling, performing, teaching, experiencing Cabo Verde and the new relationships that will be created, and most of all taking care of the family.

This said, please be patient if we take some time answering some emails, publishing posts or answering our phones. We will try to come back to normal connection around May 14th.

Thank you for your comprehension!