Habitat Party in the Romeo and Juliet estate
Famalicao Travel Blog› entry 45 of 51 › view all entries
June 24th, 2009 – by: jenn79
Met the latest Habitat team, all older ex-americans/canadians who now live in Paris. Can I be them?? We had an extra special party here because the leader of this Habitat group, Betsy had come back for something like 5 years in a row building houses. For groups that come back again and again who form relationships with the Portugal Habitat affiliate, the President tries to plan something extra special.
Realized I like hanging out with younger people more - the energy and optimism level is just completely different. I'm still in awe of the number of women who come to do brute construction work and older women at that! Women are awesome. And the ones who travel from so far (my old team) take it so seriously. Nothing can stop them from getting the work done that they came to do. Younger kids are a bit lazier and probably thinking of the thousand things they'd rather be doing. =)
I was really very proud of Habitat Portugal speaking to these women though. After the 4 groups that I've met, I have no doubt there's something particularly special about this affiliate. Some teams had done this work in Romania and had such a bad experience. The older ladies in this group mentioned that they have never experienced a visit where people took more effort to make the teams comfortable.
Walking around this estate, setting up, taking guests on little mini-tours, etc. I was so exhausted!! Realized I could never manage an estate, it's too physically draining and as much as I'd love to have a home, one that requires a ton of maintanance would absolutely take up all my time - time I'd much rather spend say, traveling!! =)
And the pictures here are just some of the lovely flowers that they're growing in a portion of their gardens.
Had dinner in the outdoor covered area. so pretty - I hear weddings happen here! And we got to come for free and be served mediocre food - yay! =) Met one of the new local Habitat volunteers and he peppered me with questions about sports in the US. Oh boy am I the wrong person to talk to!! Typical of Portuguese hospitality he asked me when I was leaving, and said that if I stayed another week, he would take me surfing or to the Algarve. Wow, I met you like 1 hour ago! I am so lucky to have met so many wonderful, welcoming Europeans during my trip. Between Ricardo plying me with trips to Lisbon, this new volunteer offering to take me surfing, Chris asking me to come back to Vienna, Karesz and Pearly asking me to come to Budapest.
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