After Boom Festival I travelled south, to one of the places on our planet I call home. I grew up in the sunny Algarve and went to school in a small costal town called Tavira. Along with it’s 37 churches there’s a old roman bridge and Tavira island, reached by ferry and a popular holiday destination in the summer. A lot of travellers head to the west Algarve but if you’re ever in Portugal make sure you visit Tavira, you’ll love it.
Beaches in the Algarve are clean and beautiful, there’s good surf on the west coast, lots of good food and the Portuguese are amongst the most hospitable people of the planet (I might be biased, but it’s true). One amongst the many wonderful things you can do in the south of Portugal, is to time travel to the back country, up in the hills of Serra do Caldeirão. Similar to remote areas in Greece or Spain, it’s just a twenty minute drive to reach small villages where time stopped. Nature has a lot to offer, you can go out and collect almonds, olives, carob beans, pomegranates and figs in an afternoon stroll.
I spent almost 6 weeks in the south and while I also worked on other projects to stock up my travel budget (besides catching up with friends), I exchanged my work for food and accommodation up in the hills where I grew up.
A website for Marlies
Marlies Rönnebarth is a good friend, my former neighbour, a naturopath and homeopath with years of experience. Her beautiful home has an exuberant garden full of cacti and art made by various artists. I needed a break and some silence to write my articles about India and she needed a website to promote her work. Besides catching up on some stories of the past and talking about what makes the world go round, we traded a weeklong stay at her place including meals (she is an amazing cook!) for a little website for her work. I shoot some photos, helped on content and did translations in 3 languages.
Have a look at http://marlies-homeopatia.com/
I’ll leave you with some shots from my beloved homeland, the south of Portugal. Come back soon, I’ll be publishing the article about my time in the Netherlands in October (working for UNAWE) this week.