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Sexist on Facebook

Well, I’ll just confess: I’m a sexist. And maybe also a racist.

Yeah, well.

It’s like that. I can’t get out of it. How so, that I have to confess that now, do you ask?

I am confronted.

Facebook is the big culprit; through all friend requests on the Facebook page

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As a company, you’re of course very happy with likes, friend requests and followers. It gives you a feeling of being a big spender.

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We’ve been on Facebook for half an eternity. At first I didn’t understand it, but fortunately I tried it as a private person. Fortunately Facebook does not understand me either. Since they suddenly caught my private account (red handed) as an undercover company account, I was put offline unasked and unwanted, and they made me a Facebook business page, but I also kept two “Ellen Lansers” accounts.

On Mozilla Firefox I am the one, on Google Chrome the other

How is that possible? Don’t ask me. I suspect that even Facebook doesn’t understand itself.

I don’t mind, since I’m actually a twin. One hasn’t turned out to be viable, but it looks like it still lives a bit in me. Maybe that’s why I have energy for two.

So I can easily switch from a Facebook page to the private one or the other private

After years of being active on this beautiful social medium, it’s paying off. There are a lot of people who read the blog on Sunday morning. I see people from a long time ago. I receive a lot of friend requests every day, because there are of course many more people who do the same as me: using Facebook as a showcase for their collection.

It’s a curious phenomenon. I’m old enough to have lived without social media for a long time (then we just went to the cafe or called each other up), but I can certainly appreciate it.

It’s a great way to keep in touch with people you’d never call, or write, or even sent an email. Not because you don’t like them – because it is not that kind of contact.

And that’s a shame. Because there are a lot of ships that pass in your life, of whom you want to know something about, only as if you’re invisible. And that is possible on Facebook.

There are also trends in Facebook friends – at least, I think so

It started a while ago. I had put a nice picture of myself in the box. The big picture was of course one of the Termas, but because the marketing gurus say that you have to be personal (what I am by nature already) I had chosen that photo as an insert. It scored well, apparently, because suddenly Steve, Duncan, Hassan, Jan, Han and everybody wanted to be friends with me.

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I am a fairly down-to-earth type. I think: apparently there is a kind of man who uses Facebook as Tinder. Thank you!

But of course I can’t resist the temptation to expand my collection. So I quickly formulated a few criteria: without a photograph – no; American army – no (huh? Why would paratrooper Steve from Texas want to become friends with me?); I also ignored fotos of red roses, and languages I can’t read – also a nono.

I changed the photo, and with that the offer of friendship requests changed

Now the criteria are different. Women are always ok, except if they have a photo with a huge cleavage. Before you know it, you have been added to a group that shows photos that you can not unsee.

I always check men. Since I got my first “dickpic” (which I initially saw without glasses, so I first looked thoroughly at it with half-closed eyes before I was startled), I always look at how that works out. And there are quite a lot of them that don’t work out.

I don’t accept men from distant countries to the collection either. American soldiers – why? Nigerian boys of 16 – why? People who present themselves in языки, которые я не могу прочитать /لغات لا أستطيع أن أقرأ  / tale what ek nie kan lees nie – I don’t see the point.

So yes. Sexist and racist. I didn’t consider myself as such. Quite confronting.

But for the rest everyone is welcome!

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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.

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Completely upside down from a bad review

He walked around shaking his head, shoving open all doors with: “Forbidden for unauthorized persons”. Quite a clear message. The sign is in portuguese, but he is portuguese, so no way you can be blond about that. “Oh, is it not allowed? Oh, I didn’t see …. notice … didn’t know what that meant …. Does that red round with that white stripe mean you may not open the door? … Sorry …”

No, he could have known, and yet he did

That is actually quite special for Portuguese. I saw that head shaking from the corner of my eye, but I paid little attention to it. So many people pass by to have a look – that’s pretty normal.

Not so normal for breakfast guests, though.

Both were very friendly when they arrived, when I brought the coffee with breakfast, and when I said goodbye to them. No complaints, only smiles.

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You have to ask for reviews, the marketing gurus say

On Tripadvisor, Zoover, Google, Booking – ask for reviews. I honestly always forget that. And also: I find that a little embarrassing. Maybe it reminds me a bit of long ago, the hassle in the schoolyard, if you were “stimulated” by your girlfriends to ask that cute boy if he liked you too.
There is so much to like already, do I have to add to that?
I am much happier with a spontaneous good review, and fortunately we have quite a bit of that.

A few days later I got a message from the intermediair that we had a review. I clicked through, and got a shock. That same friendly couple, that man who had opened all the forbidden doors so shaking his head, gave a 1.

Do you know how bad that is? A 1 gets your average down incredibly.

Why? What’s wrong? What’s wrong with you? What happened to deserve this?

Fortunately, there was an explanation. Freely translated, it came down to: we may not call ourselves Termas because they found it a mess. Not a spa resort, where they could use a jacuzzi, being massaged together, spent an hour in the steam bath and go with a smooth skin to the breakfast buffet.

Ah! That was a meager consolation, because that means that these people simply can’t or don’t read.

There is everywhere, on every site we are on, that these are ancient baths, called Termas-da-Azenha, a very old place – hundreds of years old, where people have been using the healing water. The first doctor who described it, lived in 1711, and was called Dr. Micael Fonseca. 

The name comes with the place, we didn’t call it Termas-da-Azenha, it was already there

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It also says that we are making a museum out of it, to preserve the old baths and to make 3D mosaics to show how it used to be.

Then I find it difficult to imagine that you make it a luxurious spa with all kinds of modern facilities, but okay … who am I? This head shaking while opening doors now gets another load – in hindsight.

Anyway, we’re stuck with it. That’ll take a long time before we improved our average again.

And now I have to ask for it anyway, and I find it even more embarrassing.

Thank you very much, Mr Head shaker!
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Wij zijn in 2000 verhuisd van Rotterdam, Holland naar Termas-da-Azenha, Portugal. Een hele stap, zeker met twee kleine kinderen. We zijn bezig gegaan met het herstel van een van Portugal’s erfgoederen: Termas-da-Azenha, een oud kuuroord met inmiddels 6 vakantiehuizen, 4 gastenkamers, een kampeerterrein en een een heleboel leuke dingen om te doen. Overal vind je mozaieken en muurschilderingen. Het oude badhuis is een museum, waar je je kunt verwonderen over hoe de dingen veranderd zijn.

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Nice offer for profiteers

I’m having lunch. Little drowsy from rising early, all numbers and dates I was juggling with, and all those miles I make through the village here. “The family” has arrived not so long ago, and that always brings some extra work – because they themselves do a lot to help us!

“The family” – that is, of course, ours, and they are at home here

They know exactly where the potato peeler is, they fill the fridge with dutch cheese and rye bread (and much more) and nonchalantly ask which house they have been assigned. Some of them always want the same.

My oldest sister wants room 4. Period. Enjoy her afternoon nap on the terrace in the sun and everything on the ground floor. Her knees don’t want to do exactly what knees should do anymore, even though they’re made of titanium, so a person has to adapt.

The other sister assures me several times that it doesn’t matter to them: “If necessary, we put a mattress in the training room, that’s not a problem at all, you know that!” Yes, I do know that, but before I’m going to allow her to sleep on a mattress in the training room, a lot has to happen.

I make the puzzle and make schedules to accommodate all guests well

There is the group of workers, the family Zwart will arrive (a.k.a. Familia Preto – I’ll come back to that) and my family’s there.

You automatically take into account people’s preferences if you know them, so that goes in the equation. My brother-in-law wants a good bed, for example, because he likes to sleep.

Well, all the beds are good, but when you know that, you give someone the best bed you can find, don’t you? Certainly if he’s so nice to finish my greenhouse project on day One, together with my brother.

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My puzzle is exactly right before the group of 27 Italians arrives

Next challenge is the arrival of the other family, jokingly called Familia Preto. They spent years here on holiday with the whole family. Youngest daughter Roos has been a volunteer here for years – a summer without Roos was not a summer.

Now they are going to come with the extended family. The eldest children have relationships, and they come along (or have to come along … or they whined and nagged until they were allowed to go … I want to stay out of that).

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Good for them, because they come exactly while I have a nice offer

I don’t even remember, but it’s so much instead of so much, and the first so much is less. That’s nice, because it’s actually three families – young couples need a lot of space, literally and figuratively. And also: being together all the time is not wanted. You want to be able to sleep comfortably, sit, hang, nap with your mouth a little open, read exciting book or surf to your heart’s content.

On the internet then.

(For the real thing, you really have to drive 20 minutes to the beach and do all that effort to “conquer” the waves.)

So they’re taking advantage of that nice offer

Well, okay, okay, profiteers might not be the right name and a bit exaggerated. They also took advantage of the offer of a price fighter to get here – didn’t mind to get up early, hang around the airport, sit in a full cabin, breakfast on a terrace in Porto and an hour and a half on the highway.

Done with the puzzle. Everybody has the right accommodation. I’m sitting down to have lunch and suddenly I feel a few arms around my neck.

How?! What?! But it is not such a fright … those arms belong to Roos of course.

Familia Preto has arrived! There they are!

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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.

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A curious combination of guests

We started here with an Idea.

Well, not just an idea, but more of an idea-l. Yes, you could still have one of those back then!

Or am I being too cynical right away?

We started with the idea-l that here in the Termas-da-Azenha people could come together – people who would normally never meet in everyday life.

Well, that idea-l has been put into practice!

I’m still writing on my blog here on Saturday night, almost midnight, because what I promise, I do. So late in the week and on the day is rare, then there is really something going on.

Exactly. There is something going on now

It is really like the devil plays with it. Until the beginning of this month there was little movement – some guests now and then, and in the meantime we tried to perform some maintenance, but because it rained steadily (very good, because that was necessary, and so the stocks are replenished, but rain is always boring and frustrating) –  we could not whitewash outside walls, paint windows, or re-tile swimming pool edges, or level mini-golf course grounds.

Also the volleyball court and the greenhouse had to wait. It rained

I was worried. The 16th of April my family would arrive, with the famous Red Van, and it was raining. Not so nice.

(All my worries were in vain: no rain when they arrived!! Sun, sun and more sun, graças à Deus)

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And a group of female guests would arrive the next day, a group of 2 coaches and women who wanted to be coached by them … on the beach. That’s their thing.

Beach coaching.

And it was raining. Hm.

We’re only 12 kilometers from beautiful quiet beaches here, so that’s why their choice fell on the Termas.

Very nice. Grately appreciated. But it was raining

In the week prior to the arrival of the Red Van and the beach coaching group, I received a phone call from a nice lady who wanted to accommodate a group of workers.

We dealt with this before. Two years ago we had “The painters” for three months – a group of 20 men who painted the train bridges in the neighborhood, and went home on the weekend.

Good experiences. Neat men, hard workers. They come home late in the evening, take a shower, go eat in the nearby restaurant, go to bed on time, have a smoke outside, only once or twice they’d drop their buds on the street, and park neatly at the designated place.

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This time it’s the same. Hard-working men, who sometimes bring a bottle of beer (one p.p.), work, sleep, and get up again.

Yet a rather special combination  of guests- my family, the beach coaching group and the hard workers, all at once in one village

And they don’t get in each other’s way. On the contrary, almost. You notice almost nothing of the hard workers, but they are very nice, they always say “Boa noite” to the beach coaches when they are resting on their swing couch in Casa Oliveira. Nice, isn’it?

Yet another piece of authenticity in this authentic portuguese place

My sister brings her great qualities as a hostess, and makes a soup with her beyond praise sandwiches when the coaching group is on the patio making mosaics.

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In the meantime, this group of coached women happens to meet a Portuguese-Dutch friend on the beach in Figueira da Foz, and are talking spontaneously (gossiping!?!) very pleasantly about the Termas and the like.

My brother has kindly agreed to take the mosaics in his Red Van, because there is a little time to finish it, and we want to avoid …. brrrr … nasty word … stress

And like this that possible.

Avoid stress I mean.

A curious combination of guests. Exactly as we once thought. But then a bit different.

Amazing, how things sometimes go, don’t you think?

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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.

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Mineral water, source of all life

“If we take away a T here, and put a T there, with a stop there, then I think it will work,” I say while I point out everything. Broes watches, you can see him think, and eventually he agrees. His mother is not as crazy as he thought.

No, I was not talking about the high Tea, which we have every afternoon (haha) but about the pipes in order to replace the pump. The plumber has no time in the coming month, so we will have to do it ourselves.

The canalizador is a very nice man and he knows his way with water

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We have an excellent arrangement. I call him, I say that we’re not in a hurry, he comes when it suits him. But if we are in a hurry, he’ll drop everything and come right away.

We’re rarely in a hurry. But of course, you can’t leave your guests without water, can you? It happened once in the past that something was wrong with the system, and I really didn’t know what was wrong. I didn’t have as much experience as I do now. That makes a difference.

And then he was here, at 8 o’clock in the morning, and solved it. By the time the first guests woke up (luckily about everyone wants to sleep longer in the holiday) it was done. Nothing more to worry about.

An everyday hero

Now we’re not in a hurry either. The old pump is just worn after 10 years, and no longer pumps. The system has been invented and implemented by volunteer Ardy, long ago, and it still works. Again praise, Ardy!

It is up to us now to replace that one. Never done it, but I’ve worked with water enough to know, that it always remains a very annoying hole. And that is not allowed.

Water must stay in the tap. Period

It is not called tap water for nothing. Although … our water is spring water – so you can’t say that, really. According to the same logic, you should say … water must be in the spring. Period. Hm.

Well, let’s leave this logic for now …

Pure medicinal mineral water. A blessing for your skin and intestines, but a disaster for your devices. This pump has lasted a long time!

Here we are, with everything we think we need neatly spread out on the table

We make an inventory, we need some more T’s and pieces. Fine, I’ll go to the store.

“Ask for a flexible supply hose”, says Broes when I’m about to leave. I answer:  “Yes, well, I’ve never seen or heard of anything like that – yes, I know, that doesn’t mean anything, but I give you a very small chance. Zero point zero one or something. “

And I drive away.

But: my son was right. They do have flexible connection hose. Did I know that! Now it will surely be a piece of cake.

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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:

 

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They return voluntarily

“I think portuguese sounds so good,” says Tim cheerfully as I try to avoid a few dogs scurrying along the road, “I don’t understand a word of it, but it sounds good, and that gives me a great holiday feeling.”

He continues: “I first heard it from my aunt’s friend, she met them in Brazil – her husband had died and then after a while she started to travel a bit – and then she met that man. He didn’t speak a word of English and neither did she … “

“But how did they communicate?” I ask in amazement

“Oh, pretty much with hands and feet … he came to stay regularly, and then they talked a bit past each other – but she did have a friend who spoke Portuguese, so she could occasionally translating … funny is it not? “

We are at the hardware store, I have to get out and do business. Arrange tiles. Before the lunch break. Otherwise, the store closes, and there is nothing to arrange for half past three.

Too bad, because Tim is a pleasant talker. I remembered that from 12 years ago

They were volunteers, Tim and Jessica. In September, not a bad time at all to volunteer here in Portugal.

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I remember that it was warm. Start a little earlier in the morning because otherwise some things can’t be done anymore. In September, it is better not to plant poles into the ground in the full afternoon sun, for example. Or weeding weeds in the vegetable garden.

“I remember very well that I was annoyed that I stumbled over that one little stone”, laughs Jessica at dinner, “I am also such a klutz in that respect. You have that wide staircase, and the whole village square, and then you stumble over that one little stupid stone.”

Her whole face is laughing. The positive attitude to life radiates from it

“And that André … what happened to that?” Tim asks, “that was a different story!”

Oh yeah, they were here together with André. And Bernadette, the Hungarian volunteer, always modest and smiling. I never know exactly, who knows who, that is almost impossible to remember. There have been so many volunteers in the meantime!

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Young Bart” has been here for almost a year and a half, and once counted how many volunteers there were at that time. He came to 87. I was surprised about that number. That’s a lot! I didn’t have that feeling at all.

I still have contact with many of the volunteers. With “young Bart”, with Tim & Jessica, and so on. You get a bond – it’s not only special  just for them, for me as well.

A number of them become part of the extended family

Sometimes it goes like this: first as a volunteer stay here, and then come back as a guest. Sometimes it’s the other way around. And sometimes people become addicted. Whether as a volunteer, or as a guest.

You may become addicted – I think that’s a good idea!

In fact, we do everything to promote that. Watch out before you book! Before you know it, you come back to weed the garden or to paint the wall …

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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 monday on LinkedIn.

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From dream to reality

Secretly, deep in my heart, I think we are becoming a unique destination. Not the most luxurious, the most beautiful location, the most beautiful view, but absolutely unique.

This is of course due to the water and the mosaics. And the overarching theme: fairy tales

Sometimes things simply fall into place. Did you know that? You didn’t plan it that way, you never thought about it, but it grows while you’re working on it. That is exactly what happened here. There was a plan, an idea, of course. I dreamed of a village – but no idea why. My own village.

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Who would want that?

Who wouldn’t want that?

I have a lively imagination, if I say so myself, and my fantasies always come down to that, in the years of preparation. Our own village. I didn’t know then, that that is not so unusual in Portugal. I  recently received an email from a large broker who had 6 villages on offer.

In various states of dissolution.

It took a while, from dream to reality

It has even lasted almost 6 years. Talk, talk, talk. Making plans. Research – and the internet wasn’t much in those days. Contact with brokers. Calling people who could know something about something. Going there to see in which area we liked it the most. Learning the language. And dream and fantasize a lot.

Not so easy to combine with your work, small children and your normal life that goes on.

But if you are enthusiastic about something, you can move mountains

In that preparatory process I went to live here for half a year. Alone. I would take care of the dutch customers for a real estate agency in Coimbra.

The most difficult half year of my life. It was quite difficult to leave my family behind, and to live in a scarcely furnished house in a small village just above Coimbra. Not so easy to drive every day to Lusatenas, the real estate agency, to barely communicate with people there, because those portuguese people all speak so d … quickly, and I didn’t master the language that well yet.

After half a year I went home again. Lesson learned

The dutch want a house in the mountains with a view at the sea. Preferably a cheap construction, but turn-key. I had made a lot of kilometers, for my own account, seen a lot of houses, and eventually sold only one. The engine can’t run on that.

In that half year I also visited the Termas on my wanderings

A quiet road, a great spot, nicely in the sun …. I sat here at the top of the stairs to eat a sandwich and enjoy the silence and the good vibration. A good, healthy place.

It had been empty for years, then, and it was completely undergrown, broken and decayed.

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Broken windows, grass between the stones, towering brambles everywhere. Sleeping Beauty was certainly not sleeping here, so no way that I thought about signing it up for sales at Lusatenas.

And no way that I suspected that I would live here in a few years!

It was a bit above the budget, but sometimes you have to take risks. We had a large network, and there were many people willing to invest a little. The plans became more concrete and realistic, the day was marked, the tickets were booked, and on 13 september we officially lived in Portugal.

The start of a new life!

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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.

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Game field

We are very excited about making the playground!

I can already see it: a few teenagers playing volleyball with the accompanying cheering; a father who shows his daughter how to golf; Broes teaching someone how to handle a bow and arrow.

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And behind that, a few children are busy building a hut and dressing it with colorful cloths

If you go into it, there are so many nice things to do.

Doing games is a great way to connect. I noticed that families with pre-teenage children often play games. Last year they even spontaneously played pim-pam-pet, with the original old cards. And they had a lot of fun too!

That brought me ideas for expansion, more games and: the playground

The ping pong table has been a great success for years, just like the table football and the pool billiards. The changing room provides hours of fun, pain-in-your-belly-laughs and good photo moments, which you take home as a memory.

And now we’re expanding outside.

We already have the space. It had to be arranged differently, and that was the biggest work last winter. If we now control the reeds, we also have a playground with a grand view!

It is said that children no longer play enough, and parents have too little time and are tired

Playing outside, that is. It will matter – if you live in the middle of a big city, it will probably be more difficult than if you are somewhere in the countryside or in a residential area.

And yes, a job plus a family is top sport. Although I do have the idea that people get a bit more experience with that. That the tasks are better distributed, and as a whole after the first few years it’s not too bad.

In the holiday, things like that are often corrected. Then you have the time to hang around with each other, so you can easily go for an hour or so to play sjeu-boats or build huts.

And if you as a parent do not feel like it then you sit down on the side so you can keep an eye on them, but you can also browse a bit in the Volkskrant Magazine or something.

(I always liked to read a good book when my children were busy in the playground)

For children and teenagers it is great if you have the space to do things together.

Have you already practiced golfing? Hole in one!

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Soon we will be working on the mini golf course.

There will be one very serious course for the real golfer, who wants to practice his / her swing and endgame. The rest is free. After months of study (= surfing the net) we came to the conclusion that you can do anything with mini golf. You have to know yourself what you do and how you do it.

Fine. That is exactly what we are going to do.

And then we immediately continue with more outdoor games where pipes, rings, balls, cones, hoops and circles are involved. Relax and play in your holiday, and you do not have to leave the house. Well, you have to walk to the playground behind the pool …

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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.

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Beach coaching for women

The beach coaching50plus women are on the app. They’re enthusiastic and young (at least in my 56+ eyes). They want to talk about when we’re going to do the massages, the hours of the meals, what we’re going to eat, the best time for the mosaic workshop. Arranging the details.

They have wishes. They have requirements. They demand quality and care, because they’re used to that.

Perfect.

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I try whatsapp video, and as a woman of 50 plus I am not (yet) very skilled at that

Meanwhile, I am looking at the photo of one of them.

A true woman. A woman with a vest, and boots almost to the knee, and visible lingerie under her little dress. Not sexy or challenging, more nonchalant and self-assured. I think she’s in her mid-thirties.

This is one of the coaches of the group “Women of 50 plus? What tot do with your life?”

I’m curious what is going to happen. My thoughts in advance: encouraging women to keep on participating with the rest, not giving up, learning how to get things done. What do you want to achieve in your career? And how do you manage that? Stand up for yourself! How do you do that in a way that makes you feel good, fulfilled and self-assured?

Come on! Join! It’s fun! Keep moving, literally and figuratively

Yes, of course, but don’t forget the natural course of things. Women – people, because with men it is exactly the same – slow down for a reason. You become milder with age, you know so much more, you see so much more. Ever so often you could save younger people for missteps, if not that you realize that they need it – because you learn from your mistakes.

You can see your own mistakes. Judge them for what they are. Forgive yourself, and others in the process. We are all just people …

That sometimes makes you more modest.

That open, warm, great wisdom, worth more than gold. The warmth of a grandmother (and a grandfather). The wisdom that can listen to the tears of youth. The greatness that realizes that the greatest things are more in small things than in concurring the Matterhorn or flying to Mars.

But the 50plus women beach coaches are also right

Standing still is deadly. What every person lives for is progress, no matter how small. Growth and contributing something to the big picture – no matter how “bad” a person is, that is always somewhere in a corner of his or her being.

I’m curious what’s going to happen

This is the first time they come here, with the intention that it will not be the last. This comes from both sides. They’re looking for a pleasant location that suits everyone as well as possible, I’m looking for nice groups that add beautiful things to the pleasant vibrations here in the Termas.

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April 18th is the day. Four days of intensive human growth around me. Wow!

We’ll keep you posted!

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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.

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(Piano)roll over, Beethoven

The piano tuner sadly shook his gray head. No, there was actually nothing left to do … yes, he could do something, but: “Then I have to dismantle it completely, remove all the strings, replace the felt … that will be about 900 euro.”

I also started shaking my head sadly. “Tjee, 900 euros, you can buy a very nice second hand piano,” we said to each other, and shook hands warmly. Thank you for stopping by, and til next time.

I began to orient myself about a replacement.

Such a one with candlesticks in front, and beautiful wood crafted legs

My back started to protest immediately, because we got this bitch moved to this place with an incredible amount of effort, and such a one with candlesticks are even heavier.

And all that, because a family of mice was looking for shelter at the beginning of the winter. Which idiot mammal is eating felt? Why do mice do that? But well, okay, maybe not so strange, we’re in the middle of all this green, there are all kinds of animals here, and in fact they have the oldest rights.

They also want to be warm in the winter.

I went looking for a replacement on the internet. I saw a lot of pictures of you-do-not-want-to-know-what-beautiful-pianos, but what it comes down to is that edge of white and black keys. These are ultimately the most important. The model is less interesting.

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Credits: pianotechniek.nl/bijzonderepianos

and yes – I can dream that I have such a great pig piano, but that will never be reality. Just like the one with those candlesticks.

Time to become, to be, and to stay practical.

And then I stumbled upon a role. A piano roll

This seemed something ideal! An electric piano, but then brought back to the essence: those black and white keys. You can roll it up if you want to sit somewhere else. You can turn the volume up and down. Those are two things that I’m already very excited about.

Reason enough to order it.

He’s now on top of the old piano, where the mice have long since been chased away. I think that’s a good place. So, if you like to play the piano, you can do that if you are celebrating your holiday here.

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And as you can see, we also have a (children’s) violin, a (portuguese) guitar, an (old-fashioned) melodica, a (small) drum and a (used) flute. And the pianoroll.

There are quite a few guests playing the piano. I always find it a balm for the soul to hear. Wonderful.

Oh yes, one more thing: “Für Elise” is forbidden. I just heard that one time too many.

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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.

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