Bites and Bits of My Weekend: 27/28 August

 This is post is really late in the week, yeah its mid time of the week, but I was waiting on some photos, and I wanted to write all down and well, and it took me more time than I thought.

What's best to start well the weekend than go take some photos to the Sunset, on a Friday evening?
While the sunset didn't come we lay down at esplanade and drink some refreshing sparkling water. I was a little in bad mood, but soon it was all gone, and I was enjoying being at the sand taking photos. It was cold, for a summer evening, but I was guessing that, and took two coats.
It was not the best sunset I've photographed ever, because it was slightly foggy, and the sun light was little weird because of the clammy weather (humidity), but I've managed to take some pictures.

On Saturday we woke up early, and went to Porto Novo (near Vimeiro), drink some coffee by the sea and have a little walk by the river (Sizandro's delta). I took the camera with me, but I've choose to draw a bit instead of taking pictures. Just some quick sketches (less than 10 or 5 minutes each).


We must have walked almost 4km, went lunch at home, and rest a bit. In the evening we decided to go to Foz do Arelho (Lagoa de Óbidos) and do another sunset. This one is quite different than the Friday one, because we can take photos with boats, and sometimes with luck to some birds. I was afraid that the light was the best, because I've never photograph this place with the summer light, but it worked well.



After the sunset we made a quick car picnic, with some chicken sandwiches and went to Óbidos. 
Well or should I say a mountain near Óbidos for a very special late evening. We went to hear story tellers. 
The place is special. It's an old 1st grade school that it is converted in a bookshop and in a small gallery. The bookshop is named of Histórias com Bicho (which as no charm at all in english, and I will dedicated a full post about it later). Oh take in mind this is a specialized bookshop, it's a children bookshop, with LOADS and LOADS of wonderful stories and some of the most beautiful illustrated books. And they were having one of the last events of O Bicharoco, 3º Ciclo de Leitura Animada (3rd Cycle of lively reading). This event was a Evening Tale (Serão de Contos), with three storytellers. (I would summarize it as: 3 storytellers, 6 stories, 1 evening). 

This is the ticket (ignore the background, it's just my agenda, which by the way I've bought in another all time favourite bookshop - among other things - Casa Ruim, and of which I will for certain talk about soon or later)
It was GREAT, although the cold, because it was outside in the school patio. 
The 1sr storyteller was António Fontinha (portuguese), 2nd Manuel Sevilhano (spanish, from the other side of the Guadiana river) and 3rd Charo Pita (Galician). 
António Fontinha start with tale that talked about two Portuguese animals: fox and wolf, his second story was about a fisherman and his wife. Manuel Sevilhano 1st story was about dreams, and that no matter how much time we take to materialize them, the important is keep believing. His second story was inspired by the really cold night, and it was the kidnap of Spring by Winter. Charo Pita (the only lady in the storytellers group) told one version of one of my favourite Russian tales, which is Vasilisa (it as many names, sometimes is known as Vasilisa and her doll). I really liked the way Charo Pita told the story, because she used instruments as sound resources, and it helped a lot to catch peoples attention. Her second story is harder to explain, but the main focus is a dialogue among a prince and young lady, where he asks her "-How many petals exist in that vase?", she ask him "-How many stars are in the sky, and how many stones are in the soil?", and he asks her again "-And the kiss to the fishmonger, was bad or good?" and she ask him "-And the kiss to the donkey was on the lips or in the ass?". It's a really funny story, with a happy end, in the fairytale style.


Left picture is a photo of the outside of the bookshop, the right one is a photo of the before of the Tales session. You see a group of people near the light, which are the storytellers. (Photos took by Armando Fernandes)



Sunday was a regular sunday, lunch with grandma and the rest at the day at home between tv and pc. So no record of that.
Have a nice rest of week ;) 
Have plans for the next weekend?

Sting in the ear: Patti Smith vol.2

To complete the other Sting in the ear: Patti Smith post, Here's come the night, and a few more photos of her.







The Beard man said: Just after Rock & Roll

 "Graphic Design will save the world right after Rock and Roll does."— David Carson

via I'll Define Gravity

Lately I've been a little obsessed with rock and roll, specially after seeing last weekend on VH1 the 100 Best Hard Rock Songs Chart, which make me found out some good music and make feel a little bit ignorant about the rock scene. But nothing that lasted too much...

Leave you with one of my favourites from that chart.The Who - We Won't Get Fooled Again


 

The Beard man said will be the name for the articles related with Quotes

Sting in the ear: Patti Smith


«Patti Smith (born December 30, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, poet and visual artist, who became a highly influential component of the New York City punk rock movement with her 1975 debut album Horses.Called the "Godmother of Punk", her work was a fusion of rock and poetry. Smith's most widely known song is "Because the Night", which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen.» via wikipedia

Recently I've received a newsletter from a website called Blitz, which is a Portuguese, music related, magazine, It talked about versions of "Smells like teen spirit" music of Nirvana. I must confess that I don't know many versions, maybe I didn't knew any versions (besides the original one) of the music. But some days ago I was searching on Youtube and I found a Patti Smith version that I absolutely LOVED.
Not just the way she interpret the music, but also the music video.
Enjoy!





As I have mentioned in the yesterday's post, I was thinking in categorizing the blog posts. This one will be the first. Sting in the Ear will be the name for the article or blogs posts related to Music.

The article I was referring to is:  Qual é a pior versão de todos os tempos? "Smells Like Teen Spirit" por Miley Cyrus, dizem leitores da Rolling Stone
Reading better the article, it was not about what I was thinking it was. It is about covers done by artists. But anyway, what was important was showing other thing.

Quick Update

It's been a while since last post something. Last "school" year was kind of crazy.
I've been almost 6 months living abroad in Germany. It was fun, I've met a lot of people from a lot of places, America, Spain, Finland, South Korea,  Costa Rica. (juts to name the ones I remember). It was my first semester as master student, and I was bit lost, didn't know very well what I was going to do, and also being away from my comfort zone, didn't helped much to that sense of feeling lost.
I was studying in a small town Schwäbisch Gmünd, near Stuggart, in the south of Germany. I didn't travel a lot, but managed to go to Nürnberg, Munich, Stuggart and Frankfurt. I've stopped posting in January by the time I had to write and finish the work that I was going to be evaluated for. 


Return to Portugal, just in time for Carnival and school again. I've barely stop between semesters. Couple days after I arrive my father almost go blind, just like that, out of nowhere. It was a Sunday and we went to see the sea in St. Cruz (a beach near where I live) and we arrive home he was like that. It was really scary. The next month and so was totally craze between starting my second semester at the master, meeting new folks, adjust myself to a group already shaped, and also dealing with my fathers goes to doctor and his operation. Fortunately, the operation went well, he was operated again at the same eye (right one) again in June, and in the beginning of September will be operated to the left eye. Everything is working well.


 My second semester was crazy with a lot of works, and honestly I wish I've worked more to some of them, but I think I was just not in the mood. 
Has I see the semester going, I was getting more nervous, because, I didn't knew what I was going to do for the next year. If was going to write a thesis, to do a project or try to stage at some company. For awhile I wanted to work at some company, you know, to gain some experience and so. But I made that decision too late, and I wasn't finding anything that I like, so I decided a different way. I've decided do a project.
I'm so excited about it! I'm going to do a book with Portuguese Folk Tales (from the oral tradition) and illustrate them (in a "Portuguese" style). I'm sure I will share more things about as long as I start it.



I have the idea to revive this blog again, with daily or more weekly posts, and with thematic and categorised  posts. I don't know yet in which language I will keep it. Portuguese or English. Somethings are easier to me in English, because of the sources, but the most historical stuffs that I have in the blog are in Portuguese. I really don't know. But it's something to decide later. 
I think the blog itself needs a new re-style, with a new header and so on. Stay tuned ;)
So this is just a quick update and to tell a little of what is going in my live.

Tumblr: I'm not afraid of the dark


Oh, in June I've started a tumblr blog, which works to me as inspirational source of images, If you like to check it it's I'm not afraid of the dark (and I like the monsters under my bed)
I've had a Facebook account just for the blog, but It was not working for me, and since I was not blogging at all I've decided to delete it. I might create another one that gathers both Blogspot Blog and Tumblr 

It's all for now
xoxo