Enramação part #3

Enramação part #3

Notwithstanding the August heat, there were rumors about rain and thunderstorm coming at midnight to ruin all the work that the Campomaiorenses already had done. The grey clouds travelling fast across the sky made the locals fear for their delicate paper flowers. The rain didn't came though, and by midnight, every street was working at full speed. Apesar do calor de agosto, havia rumores de que a chuva e a trovoada iria chegar à meia-noite para arruinar todo o trabalho que os Campomaiorenses já tinham feito até então. As nuvens cinzentas a viajar em…Read more
Enramação part #2

Enramação part #2

The Enramação is the word locals use for the hours that precede the opening of the Festas do Povo de Campo Maior (Campo Maior People's Parties). It consists of the assembly of all the decorative elements that build up the unique visual spectacle that Campo Maior becomes, once every few years on late-August. Enramação é a palavra que os Campomaiorenses usam para designar as horas que precedem a abertura das Festas do Povo de Campo Maior. Consiste na montagem dos elementos decorativos de flores de papel que constroem o espectáculo visual que Campo Maior…Read more
Enramação part #1

Enramação part #1

A suitable english equivalent for this Portuguese noun is hard to find. In truth, the very word enramação doesn't even exist in the dictionary in this form, although there are spelling alternatives to it. Where it is used, it means the act of tying a bouquet of flowers together, of arranging flowers and ornamental plants around any structural element. É difícil encontrar um equivalente inglês para este substantivo Português, que a bem dizer, nem existe no dicionário com esta grafia, apesar de existirem alternativas. No contexto que é usado, significa o arranjo de flores e plantas ornamentais…Read more
Cabaz da Grela

Cabaz da Grela

In 2012, Ana and Zé decided to move away from the city and from their city-related jobs to go back to the roots. Since then, they've adapted the agro-ecological lifestyle. Their lives became symbiotic with nature and cooperation became a crucial part of the endeavor. Most of what they eat now is the product of that cooperation between themselves and nature. Em 2010, a Ana e o Zé decidiram mudar-se para longe da cidade e dos seus empregos relacionados com a cidade, para voltar às raízes. Desde então, adoptaram o estilo de vida agro-ecológico. As suas vidas…Read more
Aljezur sketch meeting part #1

Aljezur sketch meeting part #1

In the northwest corner of Algarve, stands a small castle upon a steep hill. This castle, hailing from the Islamic era of the Iberian Peninsula, was used as a common granary for the town of Aljezur – or in its Arabic form, Al-Jazeera, the peninsula – a reference to the place’s medieval geography. According to the archaeologist Rui Parreira, this region was home to a Muslim warlord – ibn Qasi – who dreamed of his own kingdom. So he built a Ribat (fortified monastery) near the coast in Arrifana, made pacts with the…Read more
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