So yeah. 5 months for ESC experience it’s not enough. Especially for Algarve.
Being 2 months in quarantine made my stay look a lil shorter. Such a pity. But it is a part of My own Adventure, I guess. Like, “Something unique” about my experience. haha. (not very funny, actually.)
And I really did had amazing time here. I noticed that for me to feel like a local and to know more than few people of Faro was enough two months before the quarantine. It is unbelievable how people are welcoming and friendly here! I don’t want to think what could have happen if these two months in the lockdown wouldn’t be existed. You know, let’s not think about it. As my colleague Alex would say, “It is, what it is”. haha!
But I guess you may want to know my top places which made my first two months of volunteering the Best. (I hope whenever You will come here, covid will be forgotten. )
So the very Second day my dear colleagues volunteers (Alex and Sarita) invited me to see a night life. It was Thursday! In my point of view, “Who goes out on that day?”.
The first place we went was ARCM bar. It is a part of music association, where musicians come to rehears or record songs, where events happens and etc. To me, that kinda place – Heaven. (because I like singing). I still think that everything happens for the reason, with that I want to say, even though that place had only three guests.. which means, only me and my colleagues – Sarita and Alex, I still fell in love with this bar. You can feel the vibe. Of course, obviously we came too early, because Portuguese do not go out before midnight. Dah.. But I find out that they have Jam sessions every Wednesday, so it became My Day to Go Out. (I know! And I was even surprised about the Thursday.)
Usually they announcing the start of the Jam session at 10 pm, but I recommend You to come around the midnight when all the musicians and singers gathers for a beer and music. (well after covid “who knows” how it will affect the party time. haha) This is the place where I met the most people I know (awesome people) and the place which became my second Home.
For the second place, my dear colleague Alex ensured me, that the place we go I might like even more. (Let’s see!) Because we passed all these bars with tons of people dancing and having fun, where I wanted to enter, but they didn’t even bothered to stop and we rushed to that “Better” place. So I had to trust them. haha.
So we chose this veeery narrow street to reach that “Better” bar. The building seemed very colourful with the name of “Baixaria”. We passed few people smoking outside next to the entrance and when somebody opened the door my ears caught the sound of Live Brazilian music. Yup! It is Brazilian bar of Brazilian family (who are very talented performers), “what else can be better?”. People seemed so happy, dancing and singing – enjoying the life! And at that very moment I realised that I love Faro. haha. (I don’t need much to fall in love, clearly. haha. )
Also in Baixaria you can meet this very awesome music band – The Threw! Three very energetic guys sharing Brazilian and English cover songs. I mean, your body just automatically moving. Sometimes they are performing next to Marina. Go to instagram and hit that “follow” button!
Talking about the bars we passed on the way to Baixaria bar, of course I have been in these and they offers nights with live music and karaoke. Love them too! I never saw such a lil city full of life and that many spaces for performers. For these two months I could’t stop smiling! It was my Honey moon period, for sure!
On the third day of stay I was thinking how to make my organisation to extend my volunteering. Haha. And I did ask them! (Everything is about the feeling. And to stay here longer felt right, even on the third day of stay. haha.)
I can not finish this article without mentioning the best hostel in Faro which is Casa d’Alagoa! For me they are the Best. They trusted my talent and invited me to sing on the day of Love and during the quarantine to sing for their Instagrm live. The people who works there are the golds. And the Hostel itself is super adorable. And without covid they would suggest you series of events on their beautiful terrace. If you ever plan to go to Faro and look for the place to stay, this is my recommendation!
Okey, breathtaking sunsets and unbelievable landscapes of Algarve I mentioned before. What else.. Oh oh! Go to facebook. Here’s the link: Menina estás à Janela. This is very beautiful initiative which was one of my highlights during the quarantine. Since you already know that I like singing and music, on this facebook page you could see new videos posted every day of people of Faro performing through the window! And I had opportunity to show up there too! It made me feel like a local. haha. No, really, loved it! Faro has very talented and creative people and that just proved me that I really like here. I said.. the vibe.
And you know what? I realised, that this experience made me to love myself the way I am much more. I even quit straightening (burning) my hair, because in Lithuania somehow I felt not Ok with my curls. I don’t remember when I felt so confident being without make up for that long. I became more independent. I think clarified what I want to do in my life. (!!)
Kisses and hugs to my Hosting organisation and friends. Tons of care and making me feel cared! Lot’s of spaces for my self growth and creativity! Lovely people! And in Lithuania we are saying, that “there’s no house without smokes”, which means, that we all went through a lot, good and bad. (For me, personally, the worst day was when we had to plan tickets home, haha, but the rest was awesome!) Without you this Adventure wouldn’t be the same.
Soo…”It is, what it is”, (again, haha). The day came. Project ended. Time to move on to seek new Adventures. Coming back home with the hope to come back veeery soon.
So I hope it’s “See you soon”.♡