In Holland, we celebrate on December 5th Sinterklaas. It is a nice tradition for the whole family, but mostly for the kids. It is about Sinterklaas coming from Spain with a lot of helpers called Pieten, and they bring presents with them. Our children don’t think Sinterklaas really exist, but they like the celebration, probably because of course the gifts 😉
Now we are traveling Timo and I figured a way of celebrating Sinterklaas in an adapted way. We wrote a letter in the name of Sinterklaas and told the girls that there was a special agreement for Dutch travelers. Sinterklaas was not able to come to us in Portugal personally, but he gave us budget and permission to buy and give presents for each-other in his name. We became his helpers.
We wrote our names on tiny pieces of paper. Threw it into a head and each of us took one name out of it. We suppose to keep it secret for each other, but that wasn’t easy at all. In fact, in minutes I new for who our girls should buy presents 🙂 LOL
We went shopping and bought several presents. We loved the shop Ale-Hop. Nice funny gifts for a small amount of money. Amazing what you can buy for € 10,- The rest of the remaining days we were making the surprises for each other. There was a lot of: NOOOOOO, don’t look!!! Or: Don’t come into the van!! We had a lot of fun in advance.
Finally, it became December 5th. While enjoying tasty snacks and with some special Sinterklaas songs playing on the background, we gave each other the presents. Some accomplished with a (really bad) poem, others wrapped in a special way. We closed the evening by watching the move Klaus (we highly recommend this movie). We had a lot of fun together and we felt really fulfilled afterward. The Sinterklaas travelers edition was a success. It became a night to remember.
Whoop whoop! We past the technical inspection for our camper van!
The Netherlands have an agreement with Spain to inspect Dutch vehicles in Spain. That saved us a trip of 2400 km. Our car is okè!
I love watching our children having a good time. They are so creative, playful and free. Like now…. they found a plastic motorbike in the bushes and they are racing downhill with it. So much fun!!
Meet Lola… a lovely young seagull who was part of our family for a few days. During a walk we found her along the seaside, struggling with the waves, totally exhausted. We picked her up and did some checks to find out what was wrong. Her wings seemed fine, but she was out of balance and very weak. So we gave her time and space to recover. We build her a nest, the girls cuddled her a lot, she eats dog food, pooped a lot (also on your lap) and wiggles around during little walks. This morgen she decided it was time to go and left in silence. We hope she is fine and has the best life for a seagull possible. It was a joy to have her around!
It is lovely to experience what our request for help in the form of money brings. To ourselves. To others.
We share and ask this in all our vulnerability. We cannot express how grateful we are for your support. Dear people… great that you are there. Thanks, thanks, thanks !!!
The police had a special action today by controlling large vehicles. And we had to stop too. Due to different regulations here it is in Portugal forbidden to drive with our large tipipoles on our roof. We also leaked cooling liquid and our blue flashing lights on top of our truck wasn’t covered. So… in the end we’ve got 4 fines!!! With a total amount of € 1.340,-
We are still in shock 😮😢
A few months ago Kiind Magazine approached me for a deepening interview about the crisis Timo and I went trough in our relationship two years ago. It became a inspiraring and beautiful conversation with interviewer Nelleke Bos. She was able to form the words into an in-depth and honest article. Exactly as I hoped it would be. In Dutch only. I hope you like it!
With love 💚 Tamara
I love to wander around in small streets of little villages and old neighborhoods of a city. There are so much surprises to find. From the beauty and richness of old buildings to the neglection of some of them. I can see real art in dilapidation. Peeling and faded paint, old walls, little details, some graffiti or even rubbish. Walk around without judgment and with real openness… then you can enjoy from what really is. Beauty is everywhere ❤️