just life

weeknotes, 26/21

– 50% vaccinated and feeling great! :D was sitting on the chair in the school gym that they’re using as a vaccination center here and thinking about how much the whole thing felt like waiting for the sorting hat to sort us into one of the houses of hogwarts. i ended up in “house pfizer”.

– this little blog is now running https, thanks to the boy’s never-ending patience for keeping bits of software in tune with the times.

– my phone was most definitely drowned and dead… so i got a new one — an iphone 12 mini, thank you apple for making small phones again! it came on thursday, and although it’s fun to play with new things, i’ve actually enjoyed the feeling of not having one for a few days. the only time i missed it was for reading at night — but as a result, i’ve read more real books and less fanfiction, which is always a plus.

– seeing friends and their kids after a long time. omg, sometimes you don’t know how much you miss someone until you see them again and get flooded by all the feelings!

– this week, we noticed our bamboo plant is growing shoots at an astonishing speed! i knew that bamboo grew fast, but we’re noticing a jump of 5cm from day to day, and it’s just mind-boggling. we could almost sit there and watch it grow!

algarving analogue wednesdays

analogue wednesday #264

long days, perfect for long walks on the beach.

just life

one down…

…one to go!

bandaids are the must-have accessory of 2021, and i’m going to proudly wear mine until it falls off! :D

just life

weeknotes, 25/21

– summer started on the clock: as soon as the solstice was here, the skies became clear, the wind quieted down and temperatures rose above 25C. it’s been beach-weather everyday this week!

– the boy had his first vaccine, and i have mine scheduled for tomorrow. hurray!

– the parents have arrived, and we’re enjoying some days of their lovingly fussing. :) my mom brought her newest kitchen gadget along, and we’ve been having fun giving it a go with recipes that she’s a bit afraid of trying on her own.

– while taking the parents to the island earlier today, i forgot my phone in my pocket as i waded in the waist-deep water of the ria, and i think i might have accidentally drowned it… sigh. :(

algarving in portugal

the campervan trip

we watched nomadland sometime ago, and it made me think back to our own campervan trip in november last year, and all the other things i haven’t written about on the blog yet. well, no time like now, right?

we’d been meaning to do a campervan trip for a few years already — it was even on my previous 101 list! they’re a bit expensive to rent… but on the other hand, it’s like taking your home with you on a holiday — and in the middle of a pandemic, that seemed like a reasonably safe option for a short getaway. so we booked one for a few days last year and off we went!

i had never been inside of one, but it’s actually pretty nice and the space is all neatly optimized (these guys did a good tour of the van and its features).

before trying it out, i was a bit concerned about whether we’d be comfortable sleeping there, but it wasn’t nearly as uncomfortable as i had imagined… though on the last day we parked on a bit of a slope which definitely didn’t help! otherwise, everything was rather straightforward and easy enough, even the water/electrical bits. we made decaf and cooked simple meals, gave the shower a try, and also tried staying at different camping grounds, which we had all to ourselves that late in the season.

for the most part, the plan was to go visit our favourite spots in the southwest coast and alentejo, do a bit of hiking and birdwatching and just chill, away from everyone. the weather was nice and sunny, so we took our time lazily driving around and checking out some trails we had long bookmarked. one was a really easy circular path around the barão de são joão, which featured nice views, stone pine woods and lots of sculptures mixed in.

we checked out the abetardas trail, and did the scenic route through the cliffs. the southwest coast was still as beautiful as we remembered it, and after such an intense year, we really needed those blue skies and salty air to recharge.

we enjoyed the experience and will probably repeat it at some point – maybe even upgrade to a van with solar panels! :)