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Friday, March 30, 2012

BIRDIE'S TALK - Two Weeks after Moving the new Room

These two weeks went by so quickly that I feel I had done nothing but taking care of the house - my room, specially. Cleaning, buying stuff that I needed, unpacking clothes, shoes, everything you can imagine when you move with all your life into bags...


However, I managed to have my own space. A place where I feel well, happy and full of hope in the near future.
In this second floor of a typical plain english brown stone building I have a wide view from my large window. I can hear the birds, there are many trees around and it seems I'm not in the centre of one of the largest and most populated cities in the world. In the morning I always see the Squirels jumping among the tree's branches while looking for food.


It's really amazing how time flies... I arrived a month ago, already
I hope I can be happy here for many more weeks, months... :)

Take care.
Love,
Birdie

Friday, March 23, 2012

BIRDIE'S TALK - My first Room in London

Mes amies et mon amours... I'm now a tenant at a small but cosy room in Camden Town borough. Nearest tube station: Mornington Crescent. Many local stores around, supermarkets, coffee shops and of course... Camden Markets... what else? A Job! :)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

BIRDIE'S TALK - My New Best friend... Argos!

Suddenly, Argos became my best friend! Well almost... because I still have to pay. :)



Tomorrow the furniture for the bedroom will arrive, hopefuly. The wardrobe will take a little longer but... at least I'll be able to unpack a few things tomorrow.

I'll leave you with my desk (a child's desk by the time I'm about to be 40! :)) )

Take Care.

Love,

Birdie

Monday, March 19, 2012

BIRDIE'S TALK - Keep Calm and Carry On!

Definitely, today was a mad day!

After moving to my new room in London (Camden) carrying 4 large (and heavy!!!) bags as well as a big backpack, I still had to clean up the mess that the Agency left for me. My room was filthy, the floor covered with plastics, papers, and too much dust to see it's real color! Definitely a bad service that was already reported to the Agency!

As I put the luggage down I sweept the floor and run out to Argos to buy sheets, pillows, the duvet and the covers, and also to Lidl (the closest to Argos) to buy a cleaning product to the floor, as well as some basic food. In about an hour after this, my room was smelling nice and ready to put the luggage there.

The hot shower saved my day and in a sudden I was meeting my flatmates: a couple that live in the largest room in the house, next to mine. They are teachers. She's from Australia and he's English. Nice people, we spoke for a while and then I was so tired that Came to my room and call home, while some friends also "Skiped me!

It took me some time to get asleep. I was too tired. But very happy and excited with this new opportunity that Life is giving me. But my feet were smashed... :))


Take Care.

Love,

Birdie

Sunday, March 18, 2012

TRADITIONS - Saint Patrick's Day

É o dia do Patrícico, tadito. Olha prá ele tão lindinho?? :)

Saint Patrick's Day (Irish: Lá Fhéile Pádraig, "the Day of the Festival of Patrick") is a cultural and religious holiday celebrated on 17 March. It commemorates Saint Patrick (c. AD 387–461), the most commonly recognised of the patron saints of Ireland, and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland.It is observed by the Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion (especially the Church of Ireland),the Eastern Orthodox Church and Lutheran Church. Saint Patrick's Day was made an official feast day in the early seventeenth century, and has gradually become a celebration of Irish culture in general.

The day is generally characterised by the attendance of church services, wearing of green attire and the lifting of Lenten restrictions on eating, and drinking alcohol, which is often proscribed during the rest of the season.

But this is not all... St Patrick's Day falls on Thu 17th March, but events are running all week.

The parade starts in Green Park at 12 noon (18th March) and continues through Central London and Trafalgar Square, dispersing at Whitehall Palace. Events across London take place throughout the preceding week.

The Mayor’s St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival will take place on Sunday 18 March 2012.
Set to be one of London's liveliest celebrations of the year, over 100,000 people attended last year's event.

The parade, featuring a colourful array of floats, marching bands and groups representing the Irish Counties, will proceed through central London from Green Park to Trafalgar Square starting at 12 noon.

Trafalgar Square will host the festival programme of live Irish music and dance on the main performance stage, showcasing the best of Irish music and dance from traditional to contemporary.

This fantastic, free family day out is a great way to experience all things Irish from food and dance to crafts, culture, music and much more.
This is always a great, good-humoured and fun day out for all the family.

St Patrick's Day is celebrated across the capital, with parties in many London pubs and bars. And again, brands don't miss this opportunity to comunicate! Guiness couldn't find a better time to do it! So, it has an special icon for this "season".

Saint Patrick's Day is a public holiday in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland and Labrador and in Montserrat. It is also widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora, especially in places such as Great Britain, Canada, the United States, Argentina, Australia, and New Zealand, among others. Today, St. Patrick's Day is probably the most widely celebrated saint's day in the world.

Take Care.
Love,
Birdie

Thursday, March 15, 2012

BIRDIE'S TALK - Dias de Nostalgia

By Carlos RamosHoje vi esta foto de um amigo meu no Facebook e "roubei". O largo do Carmo em dia de chuva. Que lindo. Parece uma pintura de Rembrant... Que saudades do Carlos, do Largo do Carmo e das ruelas do Bairro Alto.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

BIRDIE'S TALK - Change for a Change

After a decade of ups and downs with too many downs on the balance plate I realised that at this stage of my life I have nothing to lose. Looking for a new professional opportunity in a strong Crisis period in most european countries is not an easy task. People use to say that there are other things that matter, more than money. But at the end the bills must be paid on time otherwhise you lose the least you could have achieved.

I felt this was the perfect moment to jump! Jump into a new real challenge. Not only a professional one but a Life challenge. When you start to see the 40th birthday coming and feel you did nothing with your life, there's only half of the way to go and if you don't do it now, you'll never do it.

Writing, always made me feel better. It works out as if I was having a chat with my alter Ego - and sometimes with my sub-consccious - I can understand better my attitudes, my actions and my feelings when I write about it. So I've decided to create this Blog with no pretensions of fame or aplauses from the audience. This is a place where I can see myself through the words during this second big stage of my life.

My life challenge has now begun and I know that it won't be easy. I'm moving to another country, searching for a new professional opportunity but above all looking for happiness in each day of my life. Why do I have to go away to find happiness? I don't know. But it didn't work until now. What do I've got to lose? I have the perfect alibi: no job. This is the trigger of all the plot that is taking me to a "everything is new"! And I'm feeling... good!

Love,

Birdie
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