New Zealand #13… Feels like home!

December 23, 2016

(Português no fim)
From a Kiwi family we moved to a Portuguese Family, friends from home! We miss a lot of things, but one of the things we miss the most is our friends, our social life so spending the week with Constança, Tiago and their kids was perfect! Kids were happy, we were happy everyone was happy! It felt so much like at home…
I’ve always admired Constança’s work (https://constancacabral.com/blog/) and we became friends because of the “sewing community” a few years ago. We meet every time we are in Lisbon at the same time (not as often as we would like). Since we started planing this trip we had a week booked on Constança’s driveway in Fielding…We parked the motorhome and only used it to sleep, like an extra bedroom on their house. As soon as the kids were up in the morning, all they wanted was to go inside and play with Rodrigo and Pedro (the other kids). We had a “normal” daily life for a week, good home cooked meals, pick up kids from school, going to the playground, baking (I even made granola). My favourite part was to spend some time in Constança’s sewing/craft room… It’s AMAZING. I hope one day I will have one half as good has hers LOL! 
Since we left we’ve been missing our dinners in Fielding. Tiago would be back from work and all the kids sleeping, just adults having some beers and chatting in PORTUGUESE! LOL 
Sharing the same Portuguese background and ‘family demographic’s’ it was very interesting to compare our traveling experience in NZ (at the time more than a month and visiting many places) with their living experience in Fielding for a few years
About the kids being already asleep during our dinner… A few months ago no way I would leave my kids alone in a campervan sleeping (or nowhere different from where we were able to “see them”). But here, we would tuck them in bed, kiss them goodnight and off we went back into the house closing the door. I guess the kids are more independent and so are we.
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De uma família Kiwi mudamo-nos para casa de uma familia Portuguesa, amigos ‘de casa’.
Das muitas coisas de que temos saudades a vida social é claramente uma delas por isso passar uma semana com a Constança, o Tiago e os filhos deles foi perfeito. Os miúdos estavam contentes, nós estávamos contentes…todos contentes. Sentimo-nos em casa.
Eu sempre fui uma grande fã do trabalho da Constança ((https://constancacabral.com/blog/)e tornamo-nos amigas há alguns anos através dos grupos de costura na net. Sempre que coincidimos em Lisboa costumamos ver-nos (infelizmente poucas vezes) e desde que começamos a planear esta viagem tínhamos reservada uma semana em Fielding à porta de casa desta família. A nossa caravana funcionou como um quarto extra da casa: dormimos lá mas tudo o resto foi em casa. Mal acordavam, os miúdos não paravam até ir para dentro de casa brincar com o Pedro e o Rodrigo. Fizemos uma vida ‘normal’ durante uma semana: boas refeições caseiras, ir pôr e buscar os miúdos à escola, ir a parques infantis, cozinhar (aprendi a fazer bom pão e granola). Mas claramente a minha parte preferida foi passar alguma tempo no atelier da Constança, É FANTÁSTICO! Espero um dia ter um pelo menos a metade de bom!
Ainda temos saudades dos jantares em Fielding. O Tiago chegava do trabalho, os miúdos iam todos para cama e ficavam só os adultos com umas cervejas e a falar em Português!
É interessante comparar a nossa experiência de viajar por uma meses na NZ com a perspectiva deles que aqui vivem e trabalham há uns anos.

Sobre os miúdos dormirem enquanto jantávamos… Há alguns meses não me passaria pela cabeça deixa-los a dormir na caravana (nem em nenhum sítio onde não estivéssemos nós, os adultos). Mas aqui simplesmente os metíamos na cama, beijinho de boa noite e voltávamos para dentro de casa. Acho que eles estão mais independentes…e nós também.

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