Culture shock 😊

The difference couldn’t be bigger: yesterday morning I woke up on a camping and yesterday evening looked like this:



I must admit that at the start of the day I had to get used to being around so many people again 😱 but in the end it was such fun to be able to chat with everybody, eat fine food, drink amazing wine and… sleep in a real bed!!!

About dead dolphins and scary moments

Oh I see it’s been a while again, sorry! Here’s what happened the last few days:

First of all, I met a fellow Herbalifer right on the camping!


This is of course a happy coincidence, and Rogério turned out to be an incredible nice guy too 😊 he got A and me some roasted chestnuts on November the 11th, which is a holiday.


That night, M got back from Belgium and we took of on Sunday, direction south.

Our first stop at the lagoa de Albufeira was already amazing, with our feet in the dunes!


On our beach walk, we saw a strange movement in the sea, unfortunately it turned out to be a dead dolphin 😥


We had a wonderful night at this place and moved on the next day along the coastline to another lovely beach where we spent the night.


And then yesterday we found this beautiful place:


We were more than happy to spend the night on the parking, here you can see the view from my window while I was making dinner (sunset)


We always park close to street lanterns, for safety reasons and for the energy it releases to our solar panel. We did that now too, but after the sun had set, the lantern stayed dark and so did the parking lot. Really really dark. We were a little bit uncomfortable with that, but told ourselves it was no problem.

Then, just when we wanted to go to sleep, a car drove up, RIGHT NEXT TO US.  You have to realize that we were in a really BIG parking with NO other cars around. Would you park right next to a camper?

Then, we heard 4 guys get out and start talking really loud. As it was so dark, we could only see their cigarettes light up. You hear crazy scary stories about people getting robbed on dark remote parkings all the time, so we felt really vulnerable and wanted to leave. But to keep your camper leveled, you put in on blocks and when you leave you first need to drive off your blocks and then put them in the trunk… Michael was the driver, so I would have to get out in the dark with the car and the guys… aaaah!!!

We also had the wetsuits still hanging outside on the rearview mirrors 😜

So, we came up with this plan: Michael would start the engine (we would be able to see more then, thanks to the headlights), we would open the windows and quickly pull the wetsuits inside. If this went well, we would drive off the blocks and manœuvre so that our headlights would shine on the car and then quickly take the blocks and go.

That was the plan.

It was a good plan.

So we started the engine, opened the windows and pulled the wetsuits in.

And then the guys jumped in their car and took off 😬

I guess we spooked them even more than they did us 😜

2 Girls on a camping 

So far so good here, the weather is around 20 degrees C with sunshine from dusk till dawn. We are catching up on schoolwork a lot and do little trips to the beach in between.


This is what our trip looks like on Polarsteps


Michael will be back tomorrow and I want to head for the Algarve then.

We are trying to eat as healthy as possible here, our Herbalife smoothie in the morning, some fruits and soy yoghurt for lunch, 
 

But last night I really had to throw these away:


Omg, why would anybody want to eat this crap?? Luckily I had some spinach burgers left in the freezer…

The joy of clean clothes 

We had 2 more great days at our free spot at the beach 👍😍

But it was time to get a proper shower and do some laundry, and as Michael is leaving for Belgium again (for ‘De Improfeten’), we decided to go to a camping.

And that’s where we are now! I’ll be staying here with Amélie till M gets back, the camping is really nice (south of Lisbon) and the weather report looks great so we don’t complain (yet) 😜 

Surf’s Up!

So…what have we been up to since the last post?!

First of all, we had to catch up on some school work, so Friday and Saturday were mostly that.


Which resulted in this


Then Michael came ‘home’ Saturday night (yay!) and we took him to see Belém on Sunday, to visit the modern art museum

When we had a drink afterwards on a nice terrace next to the river, 

(Yes. A. is sniffing my beer when I’m not watching), Michael accidentally threw his beer all over me because supposedly there was a fly on my shoulder 😬 this was what M and A looked like when I got back from the toilet (cleaning up my jeans)



Scared as hell, as they should be…

Before we could get in an Uber, my pants had to be dry so we walked to the beautiful Torre de Belém


But enough about Lisbon! We are in such a great place now: Peniche!

Our friend Carry tipped us about a surf contest here, so we left Lisbon on Monday to check it out. We found ourselves a nice free spot again, right on the beach, thanks to the app Park4night (we owe this app a lot!)

And on Tuesday we had a lot of fun with the MEO Rip Curl contest 

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But today was the very best, because finally Amélie could try it herself 🏄

We rented a board for her and she really nailed it


So now we are back in our camper, all glowing and happy with this great day and curious about what tomorrow will bring, one thing is for sure: we sure DID flip flop our daughters life 😉

Notice the flip flops on our hats 😜