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2017! 2017…

It s almost 1 month now that we changed the 6 into a 7 and I am still thinking how big and powerful was the number “2016” for us.

Each time when I write about new years I go to read my posts from the previous year.
Were we challenged enough during last year? YES
Did we work it out as best as we could? YES
Would I change anything? No!
It was a hard year but I think we learned good lessons from it as couple and family. And we had beautiful moments and projects.
Now, we are facing a challenge that has been in our heads for some time. What comes next? Where are we going after the course? Do we stay in London?
So it seems that the number 7 will bring us new life, new experiences. Let’s see where we will meet number 8!
Until then we would like to share some moments from 2016!


Christmas!!! merry Christmas!!

It has been the longest Christmas that we ever had!… Last week we had family visits in Porto so our Christmas mood started there and all those decorations on the street, it looked like Christmas was coming, almost coming, almost, but still not here 😉

Anyway we would love to share some ginger cookies and christmas
tree lights with you all!
And also our typical Christmas postcard/video that you can see here!

Boas Festas! Gerų švenčių!


Terese speaks about Christmas traditions in Portugal

A image of a portuguese Christmas table
Portuguese Christmas traditions by lithuanian emigrants in Portugal

Terese was invited to be part of a group of lithuanian emigrants living in Portugal to contribute for an article about the portuguese Christmas traditions.

If you can read lithuanian than you can have some insights on what is to experience such a celebration in Portugal!

Flights to Lithuania

A small story of a day full of discoveries for a 11 month old baby. From Oporto to Vilnius in 11 hours…

In June we came to Lithuania with Markus and he was only 6 months old so the travel experience was not very interesting from his point of view.  We was curious how this new pair of flights would be now.

Curiosity and exploration were the words for the day. He loves to walk around and explore so each time he could walk we would be making kilometers… Our hand luggage was ready with diapers, some food and all the rest of space was for small favorite toys to help to pass the time, a trick we learned from another traveling family’s blog.

The Walkabout Family's hand luggage.
The Walkabout Family’s hand luggage.

The first flight was very easy: we had the three seats for us and Markus fell asleep as soon as we took flight! When he woke up, he started exploring the surroundings and he found a new passion in the back cover of the inflight magazine: Julia Roberts smiling at him!

Then we had four hours in Frankfurt and we had time to rest and walk around exploring and just before the next flight Markus discovered the pleasure of toasted portuguese Christmas cake Bolo Rei.

The last flight was harder: it was quite hot and our man was tired and without patience, the only trick that worked was to be patient with him and wait that he gets tired to fall asleep, not even Julia Roberts was interesting anymore.

When we arrived we didn’t find any snow but Markus was happy to meet his grandparents!


Now it’s time to tell you about our performance in Centro Social das Lameiras, an institution that has some very nice social services and answers. It was our “closing” performance for the Christmas period… It was the last one this year :)

It was very a cute environment :)… first some Christmas songs and then: most beautiful, cutest and loveliest kids ever :)… they all performed in them way… from small to big. I think old people was enjoying a lot those honest creations :)
After small ones, came time to show off for residents of house! Elders choose very famous portuguese band Xutos e Pontapés and made noisy rock performance!!!I´m sure some of them was thinking “We are still alive and we can rock!” And it’s very beautiful….

After all, came Lameira’s round! Girls showed what they can do best: DANCE! “Cigana” and “Senhora” were dances that girls were performing and those dances were created by them with small help of Bruna, (social worker of Lameiras) from PASEC.
And then it was time for more noise!!! Our didgeridoo players went up on stage.
On my opinion, the performance in Casa das Artes last Saturday went better than this one, but still we are in progress!
Merry Christmas says Lameiras!


We are thankful to “Projecto Homem” for our animated thursday morning! “Projecto Homen” is a non-profit welfare organization that works in the areas of drug and alcohol use and prevention. They invited us to participate in the Christmas holidays activities “Mais Vale Prevenir” (Better to Prevent) and they wanted to work the solidarity and the amusement without drugs with a group of about 12 kids from 10 to 14 years old. Withe the group there were 4 volunteers from YUPI, partner of Artiva-te.

I wasn’t participating in the beginning of a session but when I joined them I was inspired by an energy that those guys had all the morning and I believe all the rest of the day!

It was a colorful session: started with warm up exercises, short introduction to the world instruments, some didgeridoo stories and exercises around the drone, and when everyone was already warmed up, we started to create orchestra.

It’s always a challenge to work the listening, the silence, each person’s space in the group and concentration but in the end we finished with a cute short performance and feedback from the session!

Have a nice holidays activities guys!!! And thank you “Projecto Homen” for creating these spaces and moments with teenagers.

ARTIVA-TE!! Christmas :)

Artiva-te had Christmas performance in the library of school!!!

The event started with tea and very delicious cookies made by the students of cook vocational course 😉 and it was really nice “welcome” after a fresh afternoon!!! Very nice idea to start :)

The evening was dedicated to close the year and celebrate Christmas and was organized by some of the extra curricular groups from the school.

So, it was Artiva-te, dance and theatre groups and some others.

Our performance was PERFECT !! Ask Rodrigo!!! I’m sure he would say the same!!!

As I said space in library is round and have second floor, so, kids started the presentation appearing on the balcony and the sound down stairs was spectacular! Everyone was amazed and couldn’t understand which kind of sound they were listening! Second song was performed downstairs, then the audience saw the instruments, plastic tubes!! :)… They were surprised how the kids could such an interesting sound with just a simple tube :)

Thank you Artiva-te!!!

Something to reflect on: what to say to the kids that didn’t appear on the last 3 performances? Of course we all have our lives and no one is forced to come to all the concerts but the group works better when we all participate and this is one of the lessons we get from this work, so how to improve that sense of responsibility?

ARTIVA-TE! Performance in a hut of Santa Claus.

Saturday, second round!

After Christmas shop where we had short performance, Artiva-te went to a hut that was installed to gather food and clothes for families with needs.

The hut was quite calm and cold place for performance but Artiva-te kids did the best what they could on the moment! We had Santa Claus sharing the stage with us and microphones for sound projection as it was on the open air, a lot of new experience :)

Enjoy the images from the performance and thank you ASGON for the ride, without ASGON Artiva-te wouldn’t be able to experience so many things at one day!