Bom dΓ­a! – an update from Portugal πŸ€πŸ§˜β€β™€β€πŸ’ƒβ›±οΈβ˜€οΈπŸ˜ŽπŸŒ»

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Bom dΓ­a! Tudo bem? Tudo bem! And that’s basically all my knowledge of the Portuguese language. Ok…I also know: Uma mulher tem uma maΓ§a, meaning: A woman has an apple. Very important knowledge, isn’t it πŸ˜œπŸ˜…πŸ˜‚? Especially for me, I love apples (not to confuse with Apple, Annet and Apple don’t go along πŸ₯ŠπŸ‘ŽπŸ˜‰).

Ok, enough blahblah, to the point! I had the idea that I would escape the winter in the Netherlands, Algarve should be warmer. Well… I know now that Portugal can have cold winters too! It started mid-December 2020 up to mid-January 2021. Happy that my winter clothes are quite oversized, and that I had brought so many clothes! I was wearing many layers to keep myself warm. The apartment I was in, had no insulation, an aircon to heat up the place, but it was quite noisy so after 10 minutes I had to turn it off. The fire πŸ”₯ place was out of order, because I had put all my yoga stuff there (and I must admit: I don’t know how to make a proper fire and it’s an open fire place, so the apartment would either burn down, including the whole building πŸš’ or everything inside would smell like burnt wood). Average temperature in the apartment: 11 degrees Celsius. It was often warmer outside….

I got my lovely winter toes back, I forgot how painful that is. The bathroom was so cold that I was already an ice queen before I could turn on the shower. I wrapped myself completely in the bed covers, preventing my nose from freezing off my face when I was asleepπŸ˜‰. Eventually, it turned out to be the coldest winter since 15+ years. In Laos (October – December 2019) we had 1 week of really cold weather. Why is winter following me… is there a hidden message πŸ€”? One thing I promised myself (Covid or not): I am on a tropical island from October 2021 until March 2022. No more winter toes πŸ‘£, no more winter clothes and a-sexy thermo-underwear 🩲🩳! Just summer clothes, SPF50, bikinis πŸ‘™, sunglasses 😎 and flip flops 🩴.

Luckily, the temperature is back to normal (around 12 at night, around 18 at daytime). And I exchanged the apartment for a mobile home at a holiday park😊. I am here for almost one month, and up to now, it is the best move (this is the 3rd place I live in within 3,5 monthsπŸ˜…). Currently, we have a curfew πŸ”’ (8pm – 5am on the weekdays and 1pm – 5am in the weekends, beaches are closed too, unfortunately); luckily, the park is located in the countryside. We can go for a stroll in nature without seeing other people (and also no GNR/police πŸš“), and if you want to socialize with people, there is always someone sitting outside on the veranda (except when it’s raining πŸ˜‰).

All in all, I am living my dream: a lovely tiny home, lovely neighbors, beautiful nature, working now and then πŸ˜‰ (I started a new job at Meditation Moments – I can say I am definitely enjoying life πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈπŸ§šπŸΌβ€β™€οΈπŸ’ƒ πŸ’«βœ¨πŸ€πŸ’œπŸ™πŸ₯³πŸΉ. Do you want to design your own life too? Stay tuned, I will share shortly what I did to make it happenπŸ™ πŸ˜‡. Ok, one piece of advice in advance: listen to your heart ❀️, it has all the answers to your questionsπŸ’œπŸ™.

πŸ’œπŸ’š With love πŸ’œπŸ’š

P.s.: I started to teach some online yoga classes – see, also check my Facebook-page to subscribe to my classes:

P.p.s.: I have put some pictures of my life in Portugal – check

P.p.p.s: Meanwhile posting this blog, it is raining cats🐱 & dogs πŸΆβ€¦ it looks like autumn in the NetherlandsπŸ˜‰.