10th USk anniversary in Bombarral and the world

It’s been ten years since Urban Sketchers (USk) have been around! To celebrate the occasion, a worldwide sketchwalk was put together, with more than a hundred USk regional chapters sketching during the 11th of November. Many of the sketches and pictures shared on social media under #USkGlobal24hrSketchwalk were reposted in the USk Instagram account by a dedicated team of volunteers.

Oeste Sketchers made the town of Bombarral their site for the global celebration. It couldn’t have been a better location! Sketchers roamed around the beautifully tiled train station and the peculiar Abel Pereira da Fonseca house during the morning.

Já passaram dez anos desde que os Urban Sketchers (USk) andam aí! Para celebrar a ocasião, organizou-se um sketchwalk mundial, com mais de cem grupos regionais dos USk a desenhar durante o 11 de Novembro. Muitos dos desenhos e imagens partilhados nas redes sociais com #USkGlobal24hrSketchwalk foram novamente publicados na conta Instagram dos USk por uma dedicada equipa de voluntários.

Os Oeste Sketchers fizeram do Bombarral o seu local para a celebração global. Não podia ter sido mais bem escolhida! Os desenhadores andaram entre os belos azulejos da estação de comboios e pela peculiar casa Abel Pereira da Fonseca durante a manhã.

Things briefly went very official, as the all the sketchers were greeted by the town’s mayor in the noble salon of the City Hall. Informality soon returned, as everyone got invited for a barbecue in the serene municipal gardens. Pork galore, home made liquor and unusual encounters soon ensued.

A poker of barefoot Americans wandered into the gardens, brought by the mayor himself. They happened to stop by during a tour around the country after a major Steemit event in the capital. Sara, Shellie, Quinn and Lucca hail from the Garden of Eden community in Texas and are Steemit gurus, living a simple, sustainable and community-based life with other like-minded people, while thriving in the crypto-currency world.

A coisa deu para o oficial por um instante, quando os desenhadores foram recebidos pelo Presidente da Câmara no salão nobre da Câmara Municipal. A informalidade regressou depressa, quando começou o churrasco nos serenos jardins da Câmara. Seguiu-se fartura de febras, medronho caseiro e encontros invulgares.

Uma quadra de Americanos descalços veio ter aos jardins, trazida pelo próprio Presidente. Estavam de passagem durante um passeio pelo país depois de um festival Steemit na capital. A Sara, a Shellie, o Quinn e o Lucca vêm da comunidade Garden of Eden no Texas e são gurus Steemit, vivendo de forma simples, sustentável e em comunidade, enquanto fervilham no mundo das cripto-moedas.

Author: Pedro Loureiro

I was born on the southwestern-most tip of Europe, in Lagos, Portugal. A childhood of legos and sandcastles led me to architecture school, but an adolescence of doodling drove me to sketching and later to illustration. I like to sketch, to travel and to chop vegetables into tiny manageable bits. I also like maps. The older the better!

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