sexta-feira, 29 de Agosto de 2014

Boom Festival 2014 [by night]

This is the second part of Boom Festival series, you can check the first part "Boom Festival by day" here.

Even though I prefer to sleep at night when "living" in Boom Land, there's a beautiful magic going on during night time. I prefer to sleep at night because usually the music in the dance floor is too agressive or too hard for me, they call it the dark psy trance. (why different kinds of trance? trance is one!) The other reason is that when I sleep at night 5 hours I rest better then sleeping 8 hours during the day, no time wasting at Boom! :)

Besides buying your ticket and enjoy for a week, there's also different ways to participate in this festival. You can work in these areas: music, art installations, painters, workshops and presentations, flea market, restaurants, street performances, performances on the stages, volunteering and therapists.

Seems that Boom has space for everyone from different backgrounds. Sometimes I imagine leaving in Boom Land as a community, each person would have their own job there and contribute with different tasks to keep the community strong and happy. Everybody has to be evolved doing whatever they really heart! I'm not sure about the 24 hours/day music? Maybe we could organize some festivals during the year... Oh well keep dreaming Marta, keep dreaming.

Seriously? Look at this moon! The last night of the festival it's a full moon night, great when you forget or lose your flash light because you can see your way, even if it's super dark.

Another special thing about the magic of night are the stars. Well, you don't really need to be at Boom to watch billion of stars, you just need to get out of the city or places with too much light. There was a night we watched many shooting stars, I gave up on asking for wishes, you could see one every 10 seconds, really!!

Hope you are enjoying the Boom Festival series, the last post is coming soon : ) Do you "live" festivals more during the day or night? Any reasons for that choice?

terça-feira, 26 de Agosto de 2014

What I've been up to

Ready to see a bunch of beach and pool pictures? Wanna meet my close friends? This is what I've been up the last days, since I came from Boom Festival.

Before heading to Portimão for João's Birthday Party, we (me, Ana - best friend - and Anth - her boyfriend - ) decided to make a quick stop in Praia da Marinha, one of our favourite beaches in South of Portugal. Seems that this beach is famous now, it was packed... Years ago looked like a desert beach. The water was super cold, what's wrong with the ocean these days? Climate is changing and it's our fault.

We stayed at Mira's place in Portimão and of course, we couldn't leave without a swim in the pool and take silly under water pictures. It was such a fun moment, see more pictures here.

Vera turned 30! Hurray! My friend Rita had the brilliant idea of buying 30 "magic candles", you know, those that you blow hard but they keep the flame *muahahah*

My friend Susana (in the middle) is currently living in Switzerland came to Portugal for Summer vacation. She called me and Maya (the sweetie on the left, she's from Moldavia but living in Portugal for a while now) to go on a girls day and night date. We had a great time drinking white sangria on the beach and then we ate delicious food for dinner. We ended up in a karaoke pub in Alvor, I honestly dislike karaokes but Maya was so excited, how can you refuse? It was a lot of fun actually!

More friends from Portimão! This time they came to Quarteira to visit me and catch up. Heli is now living in Sydney, Australia and Catarina in Lisbon, Portugal. I was missing these two faces so much, it's always good to know your friends are happy and that they moved for good reasons, when we are outside we appreciate way more our country.

Me and Ana couldn't wait any longer to see Paulinha, Eduardo and their kids again! We missed so much this good vibe family. We also met Ziggy, their cute puppy, a real trouble maker but still a sweetheart : ) They live in Tavira, the place I'd live in South Portugal. Oh and this centennial house! It's from Ouriço's family, right in the center in front of the river, oh boy. Me and Ana were dreaming about building an hostel there with a bar in the terrace full of matresses on the floor, water pipes, chilling...

Party in the Cultural Centre of Loulé! Great escape from the crowds of tourists and see friends I wasn't able to talk for a long time. They were painting the wall and everybody could help.

Pool Party at Catia's! Just because :) My dear friend Veronica (we call eachother cousins because we have the same last name) who's living in New York for five years is here!!! YES!! We also got a chance to be with her sister Raquel who I really adore to talk with, she always come out with interesting subjects. Rita who's living in Brazil now, is also here and I'm gonna visit her next year : ) Sadly it was the last day of Silvia here, she's currently living in England but she's really happy with her boyfriend, we love him!

what I miss the most when traveling is the portuguese food, we are masters with fresh and tasty food! I'm trying to catch up with my seafood cravings and I never in my life really like seafood (besides fish).

Now, with so many activities and no time to be quiet, do I have time to read books? Nah! Finished a vintage book from 1975 I got for only 50 cents in my "Benelux" trip and since then I didn't touch a book. I can't read on the beach or in the car, I get sick.

After two days thinking, thinking, thinking, me and Bruno reconsider the idea of working in France in September and we decided to stay! Going to France was only good for the money but as soon as we found some days of work here we didn't think twice, we want to be with our family and friends as much as possible. I have a feeling next year we won't see Portugal.

I have no pics of me on the beach because I went for the 4th tattoo appointment, the last one! Oh well, I still have to go there for details of color and shade here and there and then I'm ready to show you the final tattoo.

What have you been up to? Any trips coming?

Under Water Photography

Who said you need a Go Pro to take good pictures under water? To be honest, I never gave to much importance to the Lumix Panasonic DMC-FT25 my dear Bruno gave me on Christmas but the more I know about this camera the more I'm grateful I have it. 

One of the coolest things is this is a water proof camera! It came out pretty handy when traveling in Netherlands, Belgium and Luxemburg, some days it was raining, but I still could take pictures with no fear of damage (hehe) and now with Summer kickin' we have so(oooooooooooooo) much fun taking pictures in the pool. I mean, did you ever try to take pictures under water? When you see the results you just can't stop laughing! Our faces are too funny to be true. 

Can you reconize the Nirvana Album Cover in this picture of Anth? I love his smile! Ana has an hard time opening her eyes or smiling under water so looks like she's suffering or something. I think I'm pretty photogenic... It's a pity I don't like to expose too much my body on internet or you would see a real marmaid haha not really! But this yellow hair gives more life to pictures, it's the contrast with the blue from the pool.

I would like to thank my dear friend Mira who couldn't sleep in his house this night and gave us the key! Friends like this are trully welcome. Thank you also for the pool, we had a great time as you can figure in these silly pictures.

Do you have any under water pictures online? Please leave the link on the comments, I'm so into them right now!


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