New start!

Serra da Estrela with Sunshine

Serra da Estrela with sunshine

After a long winter, spring has come to Covilhã! This year the start was specially hot and it felt so good wear just T-shirt instead of the usual ten layers of clothes. It was just to good.

 

Cherry blossom in the courtyard

Cherry blossom in the courtyard

Apparently it was too much summer for my body that expected some spring first. I caught a cold and spent a week in bed, observing the summer through the window. Now the spring and rain are back and so am I.

 

Pues la vida siempre te dará

Un camino, unico a ti

Con tiempo verás

Con tiempo verás

Aunque tengas preguntas

Sigues continuando,

buscando,

continunado.

 

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Seeds of Transition

One of the most important seeds of my transition is probably the garden I started two years ago. This seed brought me from Slovenia to Portugal under the Serra da Estrela and this week to the Atlantic coast, where I stay at Quinta do Luzio.

Azenhas do Mar

By now I’ve met so many people, who shared their story with me, and numerous inspiring projects that today I want to share with you a movie to inspire you.

The Voice of the Wind

Don’t watch the news today. See how many seeds of transition Jean-Luc and Carlos Pons have found on their journey from Provence to Granada. You might not be able to take part in the projects seen in the documentary but I bet that just around the corner you will find people with whom you can create a wonderful story.

I’ve seen this documentary when I started my Portuguese journey and now I find it even more touching. If I made a movie about my experience here it might look something similar. With the voice of the wind, colours of nature and seeds of transition.

[EN] The Voice of the Wind

[ES] La voz del Viento

[FR] La voix du Vent

http://www.lavozdelviento.org/

Wwoofing

I’ve started a new experience! I became a Wwoofer and found my way to Portuguese farms. I will be one week working at the farm in Alentejo. It is called Herdade do Freixo do Meio and it is a huge farm with around 650 hectares of land.

Next week I will be going to Quinta do Luzio in Sintra and enjoy in warm weather at the Atlantic coast.

Let the  adventure begin!

Interesting links:

Wwoofing in Portugal: http://www.wwoof.pt/

Just soil

I’ve used the cold and rainy days to prepare the soil for the spring and making compost. I could say that during the winter it was all about soil. And acorns, but that’s another story.

In few months the plants will tell if my studies and work are well done.

Words of the president

I’ve found an interview with José Mujica, the president of Uruguay, and I would like to share it with you. It is astonishing and relieving to know that nowadays it is actually possible that someone so down to earth can be a president of a country.

[EN: Interview with José Mujica]

Here are some of the quotes I find important but in the interview you can get to know more about his life and work, Latin America’s reality and he also addresses themes of drugs, religion and Church, social responsibility, consumption and the presidential function.

My definition of poor are those who need too much. Because those who need too much are never satisfied.

Freedom is having time to live.

I don’t think that there are good drugs or that marijuana is good. Nor are cigarettes. No addiction is good. I include alcohol. The only good addiction is love. Forget everything else.

I am not against consumption, I am against waste.

If the current world population aspired to consume like the average North American we would need three planets Earth.

We complain about global warming while we assault nature by producing so much waste. We are mortgaging the future of the next generations.

And last but not least, some thoughts on how to live happily:

To live in accordance with how one thinks.

To talk to the man you carry inside. It is the companion we carry to the grave.

Be yourself and don’t try to impose your criteria on the rest.