Category Archives: The Walkabout Family

How is it to live with an Art Tutor and a Postgrad Student?

Some more details of life in London with The Walkabout Family

Last week started with some good news: I now have some students to work with! I’m very excited to start my career as an art tutor in London. And please wish me luck because it has already been some time that I wasn´t working, so I do need support to feel self-confidence!

During the week Markus had the experience of trying chalk eggs and make some drawing in the bathroom and outside! I was in love with those eggs!! They are comfortable to grab and to use for toddlers, also the funny shape makes all the process more entertaining.

We had lovely visit from Portugal! and Markus had opportunity to see his grandfather from Porto.

In the end Rodrigo had a didgeridoo moment in Musical Beacons by Sound Castle. He was invited to share some secrets of the didgeridoo with some nice families in the center. For Rodrigo it was an opportunity to get back to what he loves to do with the didgeridoo and families and also to get to meet more people involved in the same kind of work.

Going to work OR Who takes care of your child?!

We are in London already for 2 months and 12 days… We already have a flat, a bank account, the national insurance number and the rest of small things that was in our “must have in London” list. Rodrigo started his studies and is already sweating at his tasks, he also got a job as a steward at the school so sometimes he has the opportunity to play a very important role in events!

But this post is not about that… It’s about how expensive it is to have kid in London and HOW TO FIND CHILDCARE FOR HIM….

So, there are mainly two ways. One is hard and takes time, the other is easier but also takes time 😉 because I am sure you want to choose best place that fits all yours and your kid’s needs.

First one:

Speak with your friends, neighbours,  all the people who have or had kids, look in newspapers and job’s advertisements, etc… Maybe one day you will find someone…

Or use second way:

Got to childcare.uk.com and just sign in… here you can find nannies, childminders, babysitters, family support and etc… in shortly, everything you need!!! Using this platform I understood what are the differences between nannies, nurseries and childminders… and I choose the latter.

Childminders vs Nurseries. Childminders can have only 6 kids at once, it’s a smaller group of kids and much closer to the concept “home to home” and easy to adapt for kids that spend all their time with moms (Markus case). Childminders are also more flexible with times… you can find a childminder that receives kids at any time even on the night and nurseries normally have strict schedule and finishing quite early in the day (one close to our house finishes at 3pm).

Childminders vs Nannies. As previously said, childminder can have 6 or less kids. Ok, maybe some childminders doesn’t have more kids at a certain moment, so your kid will be the only one but in normal conditions kids are playing in small groups and can have some fun all the time. With a nanny the kid is alone unless she goes to playing groups or playing grounds but still for me is not the same.

So, each family can find something that fulfils their needs. We choose childminder.

The second step is to visit all childminders around our house! As much as I can!! Because I want to see what are the opportunities and choose place that fits our needs best!!!

London: 5 Challenges!

  • Hello every one!!!

    It has been some time since we wrote something here and the reason is simple: we have been completely occupied with all the new experiences in London.

    I would like to share some of them but I couldn´t decide which ones, so i made some topics for each member of the family!

5 Rodrigo‘s challenges:
5 Terese´s challenges:

5 Markus´s challenges:

  • ride bicycle with the father,
  • go to Barbican for concerts and library activities,
  • adapt to new parents madness moments,
  • learn english,
  • get use to rainy weather.

More challenges just to come!!!

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.

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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.

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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!

I so love Porto!.. Or pigeons, traffic lights and buses.

We are leaving Famalicão and moving more to the north of Portugal (and that will be next  weekend!) so probably our trips to Porto won´t be often… so I thought to go for a visit… my Porto.. city that 5 (???????? … time flies) years ago I fell in love.. and it was only because of that love I came back to Portugal for Evs and stayed for longer… got married and all rest that you know 😉

First of all…
This post should be called “5 things I love in Porto”… but… My life doesn’t belong to me anymore… I have 2 handsoms guys that I can’t stop thinking about… so when I went to Porto to do my 5 best things.. I understood that they not making me happy any more ;)… what is more important for me now is if Markus is comfortable and where I can have coffee with Rodrigo… nothing more 😉 if those two guys are happy I am also happy!

So pigeons, dogs, traffic lights and etc…

here is it! green light...
here is it! green light…

I am trying to teach Markus to cross streets only on crosswalks, so on the small Porto streets we were the only ones who were waiting for green light 😉

dogs of Porto
dogs of Porto

Animals: dogs, pigeons, cats… all of them were counted and observed!

Thank you Markus for making me see Porto from another angle 😉

Tourists, Santa Catarina and juice…

TOURISTS ... a lot of them...
TOURISTS … a lot of them…

Besides “Porto of Markus” I still had piece of “Terese´s Porto” :) because from train station (São Bento) we went to Ponte D. Luís… ok.. in the beginning I was still excited about how to show everything to Markus but since I understood that for him is more interesting pigeons then azulejos Eduardo Leite on capela Santa Catarina, everything became much easier;)

So after watching buses passing by and traffic lights we went to Ponte D. Luís. .. and came back… it was sooo many tourist s that we couldn’t step on bridge… Porto changed a lot in the last years… city became more fancy with a lot of tourists and started to lose his charm…

Santa Catarina...
Santa Catarina…

We stopped by Santa Catarina… it was the first thing I saw when I came to Porto. And still makes me shake and remainds me that small girl coming up from metro with huge backpack and extra two bags… coming without knowing why and where… and that’s why I gave coin to blind guy even if I´m never doing that.

Bolhao!
Bolhao!

We stop to see buses in Bolhão bus stop… from where I was coming home after my classes in ESMAE. I learned a lot from that place ;)… that buses stop only when you make sign with the hand, that you enter from front and go out from back, that you wait and stay on line (and I learned a lot while I was waiting)… that exist shops only for baptism…

Juice juice!!! And juices!!!

ITAIPU !!!
ITAIPU !!!

Itaipu…. a place that Rodrigo brought me once .. even I don’t know why he did that but I don’t care! Friendship, dating time, pregnancy, even Markus is growing in Itaipu 😉 ….Not much more to say, we just love that place

So… I still love Porto even if my heart belongs to two small portuguese and that the face of the city changed a lot since I saw it for the first time 😉

Before Easter, Easter and after Easter!

Before Easter.
We were busy sorting our things, treasures and objects that we would like to keep but we also enjoy to “release” and make someone else happy as we were when we had those things! We are starting our new journey and allowing that new path to bring new things that we will be collecting… and maybe.. who knows? Maybe after some years we will be giving them also 😉

P.S.
All what we have to give/sell you can find here. Keep in mind that all money that we will collect from them we will spend on our preparation for London!

Easter.
Last days Rodrigo was working 24 hours per day and that made him stay in bed for all easter period (don’t worry now he is much better)… so our Easter was small picnic in the Famalicão park with 2+1 Easter’s eggs! But I was lucky enough to have Rodrigo at home so I could give time to myself to my new passion and make 3 new pants for Markus!

P.S.
Pants patterns I took from Dana made it. You can see on the pictures above how it looks on Markus.

After Easter.
Rodrigo is again on track and adding more stuff for new owners 😉 I am in deep sickness for sewing (here is my new victim from Max California) and Markus is rising his new teeth and messing up with everything in the house!

We still have 10 days to stay in Famalicão and so many things to finish!!! A bit panic but still happy and excited to move on!

Wish us luck, we deserve it!!!

Happy Easter!!! And hard eggs!