Monday, May 14, 2007
(Traditional Ships of the Tagus, the most beautiful River in the World, photographed by António Homem Cardoso)
My Australian Friend Kitty, from [KITTY ART], has tagged me for a meme, so I have to list four of my favourite jobs, four of my favourite local places, four of my favourite foods, four of my favourite international places and four people who I am tagging. So here it goes, on a sailor’s point of view (of all my «official jobs», I guess the only one I really enjoyed A LOT was at a Law Firm in Mozambique, back in 1998, though it got quite dread and I had to come home):
1. Four of my favourite jobs
a) Assistant to the Steer wheel of CREOULA: preferably on the shift from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m., watching the sun rising slowly and the wind passing through your face and hair… drinking a hot chocolate… and steering the ship to Wonder Land... b) Assistant to the Cooker at CREOULA’s kitchen: peeling tons of potatoes and vegetables and fruits or baking huge cakes, while listening to some HEAVY ROCK and some times drinking a beer with the kitchen swinging all over the place… c) Assistant to the Engineer of CREOULA’s engine: at the heart of the ship, really down below, with the smell of oil and the heat temperature really high, with no fresh air, no windows, the ship balancing and jumping!... Feeling the heart beating fast forward!!!... YES!... d) Assistant to the Sailor washing CREOULA’s decks and shining the brass navigational instruments and other equipment: when it is already HOT outside at 8.30 a.m. and we can spread water all over the 50 meter deck!! Brass shining can also be very relaxing... you have time to think and meditate while doing some hand work for a change...
2. Four of my favourite local places
a) Belém Quarter, in Lisbon: You have everything there!!! From the Cultural Center, to the Jeronimo’s Monastery, the Maritime Museum and the Planetarium, to the President’s Palace and the Factory of «Pastéis de Belém» (the well known and unique in the world custard cakes…) and the Picanha Restaurant and the Gardens and The Tower of Belém and the Docks!!! YES! b) Estoril and Cascais, near Lisbon: My BirthPlace!!! It is quite cool!... c) The Tagus: the most beautiful river in the World!!! d) The local beaches and swimming pools: Where you get the chance to relax and get a beautiful sun-tan!!! 3. Four of my favourite foodsa) Plain natural yoghurt mixed with fresh plain cheese; b) «Sushi» and «Sashimi» with «Caipirinha»; c) «Croudités» with yoghurt; d) And a really big, raw and tasty T-bone steak, for a change!... 4. Four of my favourite international places a) Copenhagen: the beautiful port and the Jazz Club called «Take Five»; b) London: everything and the Park Lane!!! c) The Savannah in Angola: with thundering in the skies… and the smell of the hot soil after a sudden and quick rain! WOW!... d) Anywhere in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, specially the Azores Islands! 5. And the four lucky people I'm tagging are: a) Escorpião Tenhoso, from [GATO PARDO], in Lisbon; b) Koluki, from [KOLUKI], in London; c) Caniche Vagabundo, from [CANICHE VAGABUNDO], in Lisbon; d) Lisbon Girl, from [LISBOA], in Lisbon. HAVE FUN, MATES!!!...