More nice beaches in PortugalSeptember 7, 2019 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C
I actually had two mornings. Or two wake ups:
First was at 5.30h in the morning after just 3hours of sleep. Actually I told myself, that I wanted to take care more about myself and look that I get enough sleep. As sleep is the best medicine. I think, that the one night in Santiago with a good 7hours of sleep was the reason, why my hurting tooth got well again just in one day.
Nevertheless I offered a very special person to be the private chauffeur from the airport-hostel to the airport. It was just 1km, but a very dark und dodgy area for a woman to walk alone at night.
So I really got woken up by her at 5.30h and I played the private taxi driver. It was early, but it was a pleasure for me to do her this favor.
I came back from the airport and parked my van somewhere in nowhere close to the airport.
Luckily I could manage to fall asleep again,... Just got woken up a couple of times by some aggressive dogs, who were barking whenever someone passed by.
So my second wakeup was, when someone was knocking at my van at about 9 o clock. I climbed down from the first floor of my mobile castle to the ground floor to see who is knocking.
I immediately told them: "sorry!" because I was blocking their gate. At night I was not aware that it was a gate, because it looked like a normal wall.
My feeling of "feeling guilty" and "the people must be angry with me" vanished after seconds when the guy told me, that a Volkswagen bus like mine is his dream. He told me that he has the older version, VW T3 from 1983, and we were chatting in half Spanish, half Portuguese about the VW Bullies.
He asked me if I would like to come in for a coffee, what I really appreciated.
I had blocked the gate of a workshop, where they modify cars to be able to transport disabled people and wheelchairs.
I got in, we were talking, and finally they were even drawing their dreams in my hexagons.
We had a funny time!
They told me, that they will be in Germany next week at a exhibition for their show cars and after I told them, that I was working as a car designer for some years and did the Papamobile for pope Benedikt, we exchanged our contact data. I will update that later.
That was a really nice company and really friendly, warm-hearted people!
The night was horrible.
My tooth was aching and I could not sleep. I can not imagine the last years when I felt so much pain. It felt like someone is nailing a nail in your jaw, but not for seconds. For hours. And the head feels like exploding. I slept maybe 2 hours.
Anyway. We stood up at 6.30h and began walking the most strenuous part of the whole trail. 3hours uphill to a monastery.
The way down at the trail called "stones and water" (Piedras y Aguas) was the most pleasant we had.
At a small restaurant we had good and cheap food.
Finally we arrived at one of these official, public albergues, where are about 40 people in one room.
Today : 33kmRead more
Same procedure as every day. Alarm clock at 6.30h, but I woke up at 5.15h as at that time the first pilgrims get up. We are now already in the 100km radius of Santiago and there are more pilgrims. You even find more improvised "shop", selling coffee, fruits and souvenirs out of their car.
We decided to go the "camino espiritual", which takes 1 or 2 days longer than the normal route, but is less crowded. After the forth day, you already feel the 120km in your bones and feet and it is almost the general topic of the pilgrims who has which injuries or "damages".
We stay at a small, pittoresque fishing village.
Interesting route: the yellow arrows of the Camino wanted to guide us through the water. Later we found out, that at the right time the water has gone because of the tide.
The "youth" is buying drinks at the supermarket to get prepared for Saturday evening.Read more
So, today is my second day at the Camino de Santiago. It is actually my birthday and it is strange, because - I think - since I am 15 I always have celebrated or at least experienced my birthday at midnight the day before.
Not here at the Camino. We went to bed yesterday at 23.30h.
The Camino today was very pleasant. Again nice scenery along the coast. A good lunchbreak with good food at a restaurant, where we were served local Spanish food with squids and paella.
Then we passed by a beach and we looked really like from a different world with our pilgrim backpacks among all the surfers and half naked people at the beach. I called a monastery to reserve a place to sleep, but the guy at the phone told me not to arrive after 19.00, otherwise they would be closed. So after a quick swim in the breaking waves and ripcurls, we just bought a bottle of Portwine and almost had to run steep uphill to arrive in time. On the top of the hill, we got rewarded at the church/monastery with a perfect view of the coastline and beaches.
When Jorge, the guy who let us fill in the registration form, has seen my date of birth he had to smile. Later he gave us fresh grapes and fruits, what was really good. A bit later a girl from Poland arrived and she wondered how be were carrying the heavy bottle of wine uphill. We invited her for a glass and I explained that it is my birthday. Now - big surprise: it was her birthday too!
We shared some food and wine and were chatting about life and the Camino. She also has drawn her dream on paper and I gave her some sketching advices.
Good night! In 6 hours we have to wake up to be ready for the next 30 kilometer.Read more
I decided spontaneously (yesterday) to walk the Camino de Santiago for about 180km. I know, that some people plan a trip like that for up to a year, but I thought: "Why not doing it just now. I am already so close!" So I asked my friend, who was already walking the Camino since 3 days to tell me where he is so I will catch him up by car and join the walk.Read more
After this fantastic conference and our really, really superb BBQ party (2 times, the last 2 days!) with about 40 and 20 people in the garden of our Airbnb villa, I visited the cathedral of Porto and drove to a surfers beach, just about 30km south of Porto.
At the evening/night I was at a nearby folk festival with music, candy, attractions, Rollercoaster and of cause everywhere fresh cerveza and BBQ.Read more
Actually this was my main goal or motivation to reach Porto as a destination. I am here for 3 days at a conference or open space format, where about 200 workshop facilitators meet. That means: we are all in the job of helping companies to do innovation or do a change management or change a Mindset of companies to think more creative, to think more our of the box, to behave more flexible and actually change the philosophy of companies.
We are the pioneers of thinking in a different way. We are here to invent new creative workshop formats, to exchange experience to question existing ways of working and organization. I feel like in the epicenter of change and we habe the power and motivation to really have a positive impact for the world and for the future.
I have facilitated 3 sessions about creativity, innovation Sprint and about drawing your dreams.
People liked it, when I gave them instructions and sketching advices what they could apply immediately and they were happy that they improved their sketching skills within minutes. They were surprised by themselves what they were able to sketch in short time.Read more