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Last chance of a New Year with capitals

Yeahyeah, IknowIknow- it’s over, look who decided to say something … Hello, it’s already January 6, according to the contemporainean etiquette, from this day on you may not wish anyone anymore a happy New Year with capital letters … can we be done with it?

Sorry! No. On the last day of December some interesting thoughts fell upon me. Not only that I had to go to the bakery, because of course the next day there there would be absolutely nothing open at all, not even the most gruesome indifferent supermarket chain, but something else came to mind.

May I still pass them to you?

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I come from a warm family, the cornerstone of society, well, you may say that I have crawled from under that corner stone. Long ago. That was in the days when nobody was having a divorce, all the children always said “Yes sir!” and “Yes ma’am!”, and on New Year’s Eve there were Oliebollen”.

With or without apple – deep fried fat dough with raisins and a crust

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You already understand: I’m not a fan. Never been. But that’s not what this is about.

At that time, on New Year’s Eve you looked back … hours, days, months, years … flying by like a shadow.

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My parents were Christians, also not unusual at that time. De-church-ification was not yet in the dictionary. Now it was a good God they believed in, so that makes a difference. It was not that revengeful creep that you often encounter. That God, who – because he loves you so much – gives you all kinds of horrible tests, and if you don’t watch out, he’ll send you to hell, because you have not made the right decisions.

Speaking of freedom of expression!

I suspect that this God is a triplet together with Allah and Jehovah. All three quite an unstable temperament, and whether they have a good character … well, this is going all too far for a blog from a holiday home rental village, so let’s skip this and go on about what I really wanted to write.

Previously, you looked back at how you had been that year, how you had behaved (emphasis on the falling short of it), how it had gone (not so good), and how you could improve yourself. On that basis you made tough decisions. That was serious business, and the good God was also involved. He sat with tears in his eyes in heaven about your misbehavior, but waited – good-natured as he is – for you to come to understand.

The difference with previously and now is that we’re only looking ahead

What are we going to cause in the new year?

That whole retrospective moment is no longer there. And the good God can wait for all eternity, because we love ourselves nowadays, we think we’re worth it, we’re assertive down to our toes, and we no longer dwell on “previously”.

The future, that’s what it’s about.

We think of great things ahead for us

We will loose .. kilos (do you see there are 2 dots?), we will be eating healthier, we will exercise (these things come together mostly), and the entrepreneurs among us work more focused. (There’s much more, but of course I am particularly interested in the latter.)

We are going to get a turnover of ….. comma dash euros (do you see that there are five dots?)

I am already tired, only by thinking of it. Sure, I ‘d love a turnover of five dots, but you have to do so much for that! This all comes at the expense of nice things – like chatting with guests, making mosaics and gazing stupidly at nothing in particular when you drink your first morning coffee.

But I can’t help it, I mean: those good intentions. New year, new start, new plans, new energy, a new sound. It is so tempting!

I even – as a good old oldfashioned portuguese habit – ate 12 raisins at the strike of 12. Every strike one raisin. Not easy, I can tell you. And I still am not a fan.

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What are your new plans, new starts, sounds, what makes your heart beat faster about your plans for the future? I’m curious!

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We moved here in 2000 from Rotterdam, Holland to the Termas-da-Azenha, Portugal. A big step, especially with two small children. We are busy to rebuild one of portugals cultural heirlooms: Termas-da-Azenha, an old spa which has been turned into several holiday homes, rooms and campsites, with a lots of fun things to do: swimming pool, indoor and outdoor games like pingpong, petanque, a FancyDressingRoom and a small café. You’ll find mosaics and paintings everywhere.

The old bathhouse is going to be a museum, where you can see how things have changed. Since 2018 we call ourselves the first B&B&B in the world – Bed & Breakfast & Bathrobes. You can buy a home-made unique bathrobe/housecoat with us.

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The world upside down: nice guests, thanks for being here!

It went in a typical portuguese fashion. A timely request for a reservation on new years eve. Nothing wrong with that, you would say, nice to have a group of guests with the Passagem de ano. Then they would come with fewer. Then there were more. Then fewer again. Then an email: “We are six of us,” they wrote, “and we all want to be in Palmeira.”

A couple from  this group has been here before, not so long ago

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I think secretly: that might have been the pathfinders. ‘s Let’s see if this is a nice destination for our New Year’s party.

Apparently.

“I can also arrange the house next door”, I respond, “that might be more comfortable?”

The price remains the same, I just calculate an x amount p.p.p.d.

The following week I received a phone call: they do want the house next door too, because the group expanded again. In rapid tempo. That is the portuguese way: initially so many people, then more, then fewer, then more again, a young man at the counter who came to book a few more – until I thought: I just make everything ready, and then we’ll see however many end up coming.

It is a group of young people. I think mid-twenties. The years that you are still very easy-going in those things. One can sleep on the couch, and they take the sleeping bag with them. They arrange their own food, their own breakfast, and their own entertainment. Muito obrigado.

I’m very fond of independent guests

Especially with New Year’s Eve. I have been on the phone for a whole evening with two different couples who were also very portuguese: getting in the car and start driving in more or less the right direction, and by the time you think you’re in the neighbourhood, you call: “Yes hello, we’re here* now, and how should we proceed?”

(* here = where ever that is)

That was long ago, before GPS, and I’ve learned from it

That was the first and last time I spent the whole of new year’s eve on the phone to guess where those two pairs of guests were, and which way their car was headed. And that with two different cars. Just before midnight were finally here, and nobody was happy.

Now they are – every guest is happy and festive

We sat with our group on the one side of the road celebrating, they on the other side. At the beginning of the evening, one of them put on quite loud music, which my son Broes recognized as Daft Punk.

Not bad  – I’m old nag when it comes to music, I often think it’s factory noise, that modern music – but still that I thought with a bit of a fright: Oh dear, yes, that is true, that’s possible too. That they will be playing loud music all evening. Even late into the night.

But no. Fortunately for this old nag it was only that one eruption of about 10 minutes. It went off again, and “they from the other side” partied in the old-fashioned portuguese way: with lots of chatting and laughing, and singing. Portuguese are very good at parties, singing, dancing and laughing. Make no mistake about how important that is in a person’s life!

Portugal, guide of Europe in how to enjoy life

We were of course also chatting and laughing (no, not singing), but you still hear things. That gives a very nice feeling. Nice to know that there is plenty of life on both sides of the village!

By midnight a pan-lid-concert started on the other side. “Let’s see how we find the dishes when they’re gone”, Broes remarked dryly. “It doesn’t sound like breaking dishes,” I said with a smile, “it’s a nice traditional way to chase away the evil spirits. Great! They’ve probably all fled!”

Chasing off the evil spirits got a little out of hand

Well, here it’s not too bad. There’s a large official fireworks show in Figueira da Foz, but we were not able to see anything. At the beginning of the evening, the almost full moon floated majestically in the sky, but by midnight it had disappeared.

There was a firework lover on the other side of the valley who treated us to a beautiful ornamental fireworks show. Thank you!

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Five star review for our guests!

And best wishes to you all – may you be the star of your life in the new year!

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We moved here in 2000 from Rotterdam, Holland to the Termas-da-Azenha, Portugal. A big step, especially with two small children. We are busy to rebuild one of portugals cultural heirlooms: Termas-da-Azenha, an old spa which has been turned into several holiday homes, rooms and campsites, with a lots of fun things to do: swimming pool, indoor and outdoor games like pingpong, petanque and mini golf, a FancyDressingRoom and a small café. You’ll find mosaics and paintings everywhere.

The old bathhouse is a museum, where you can see how things have changed. Since 2018 we call ourselves the first B&B&B in the world – Bed & Breakfast & Bathrobes. You can buy a home-made unique bathrobe/housecoat with us.

Each week a little blog about what is happening around us. An easy read. A few minutes in another world. A little about what it going on in Portugal. If you plan your holiday to Portugal, it might be a nice preparation. We have some nice special offers on our site.

You can subscribe to this blog:

 

You’ll get it every weekend in your mailbox.

On Sunday morning we publish it on our Facebook Page, on Google+, on Pinterest, and on tuesday on LinkedIn.