Thursday, May 28, 2009

A few more snippets of my adventure(s)

Herewith a few more pictures of our holiday. It's an anti-climax to be back, although I returned with a lot of plans and energy to grab the reality-bull by the horns... And it's great sleeping in my own bed again! It's been raining all day, which is wonderful. I have a longstanding love-affair with rain. And I've dug my down duvet from the cupboard.. it's lovely and cozy and wonderfully warm. I love winter. I've bought a lovely bottle of medium cream sherry, I'm planning to make some delicious comfort food later... So all in all I shouldn't complain. What a joy to look at the pictures and to remember all the fantastic times. I feel blessed. I feel lucky. Tomorrow will be the last day at my current job. New chapter starting soon. I used to hate change, but it's growing on me, really quickly. Enjoy the pictures!!

The door of a house, somewhere in Monchique village, PortugalFrom one of the beaches quite close to our resort, PortugalThe beach that borders on our resort, PortugalThe door to the secluded cave, next to the beach we've visited in the AlgarveA part of the village, MonchiqueThe Boyfriend, in the desert, DubaiHis toes are bigger than mine!A little shop in the spice souq, DubaiRichmond, from the river. White Cross pub in the background.Me and the lion, again! London.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

An adventure abroad...

Various parts of London, Faro, Albufeira, Monchique, Lagoa, Dubai. From 12C to a whopping 43C, all in 16 days. 7 Flights.. all in all around 40 hours on a plane (luckily not in one stretch!) Tube rides, camel rides, boat rides, exhilirating 4x4 sand dune rides. Yummy plane food, fabulous Algarve seafood, traditional Arabian food. Hours on foreign beaches, a swim in crystal clear water to a deserted cave, running through the streets of London city to catch a train. Meeting new people, making new friends, laughing, eating, drinking, sleeping, swimming, tanning, experiencing, remembering, taking more than 800 pictures to keep the memories forever. My holiday with The Boyfriend was one of the best ever, and one I'll never forget. He made it very special! Herewith a few pictures to tickle your tastebuds, more to follow soon...

Somewhere far away, from the plane...
Our resort in Portugal, Praia de Oura
From the secluded beach with the hidden cave, off the Algarve coast, Portugal - the catamaran that took us there, in the backgroudPortuguese cuizine! Sardines, sardines, sardines!On the 4x4 desert safari, Dubai
The bellydancerA camel ride! The one behind us was quite aggressive and scary!Good ol' red telephone booth in LondonA special pub in the area I used to stay - Richmond, London

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The 5 pencilmaker lessons...

Since I call myself Pencilgirl, a dear friend was kind enough to send me this piece of writing in a birthday card, the other day. I think it's quite special.

A pencilmaker taught a pencil 5 lessons
1. Everything you do will always leave a mark.
2. You can always correct the mistakes you make.
3. Important is what is inside you.
4. In life, you will undergo painful sharpenings which will make you a better pencil.
5. To be the best pencil you can be, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the Hand that holds your life
in His palm...

Something to think about!