Ok, so long time no blog post! It’s fair to say I’ve left myself somewhat lacking on the blog front over the past few weeks and have left my multitude (aka – handful) of readers in the lurch so to speak. Desculpe meus amigos!!
So, where are we? We are currently parked up on the cliffs above Monte Clerigo beach, just outside Aljezur, Portugal watching the surf roll in whilst the rain comes and goes in waves. Our time at Donkey HQ came to an end yesterday after eight donkey filled weeks and we were sad to leave but also ready to continue with our travels.
When we first embarked on our fifth Helpx assignment we didn’t think for a minute that we would stay for as long as we have but we had such an enjoyable time there that the weeks just went on by without us noticing too much.
We so enjoyed looking after all the donkeys and getting to know all their different characters. Romano, the wise old grandaddy.
Margarida, Miss Greedy.
None too bright Olivia – unfortunately I don’t seem to have aphoto of her:(
Xiquito, Olivia’s shadow.
Cheeky Emilio with the most beautiful ears.
Elfrieda, Martha and Isadora, the guest donkeys, or ‘Algarve 3’ as I’ve been calling them. Still sticking together and working as a team even after nearly two months at donkey HQ.
Jeco, the stoic little guy.
Xico, aka gnasher!
Steady Emil and friendly, inquisitive Falco.
And last but not least, and my all round personal favourite, Margalhaes now renamed Kali as no-one could remember or pronounce his name!
Sofia is passionate about her donkey family giving them a life that most donkeys in Portugal and around the world could only dream of.
They are so well cared for and it was a privilege to be able to be a part of their lives and routines for the time we were there.
Madan, our Nepalese housemate, has taught us much about Nepal and Nepalese cooking and we’ve enjoyed getting to know him. We now have Nepal on our list to visit in the future!
We also mustn’t forget the hospitality Sofia’s parents, Raban and Nelly, have shown us sharing stories of their colourful lives with us. Their zest for life at 81 years old is inspirational.
The small community we have experienced here has been one of neighbours helping and looking out for each other sharing ideas, skills, machinery, equipment and time.
It has been a fantastic learning experience for us and we are leaving with very happy memories and would definitely like to return in the future.
So, Kali says goodbye and wishes us safe travels on he next chapter of our journey wherever it will take us 🙂
Até a próxima!