movies + cakes

Well theoretically yesterday was my last project day and that’s it. But luckily it’s not the case in the real life. Maybe I should start a new blog for the vegetarian recipes and some environmental/cultural stuff. Nah… I’m to lazy to spend my time on that.

Anyway, yesterday I went to Casa Viva to a “movie&cake” night. First to see the “Grandmother” (1970) by David Lynch. That was already good. But as it was a short movie they put one more after that and it was “Cube” – one of my favourites ever. It was really a nice self-reflection moment, because some 10 years ago I was watching it as a fiction and yesterday I was watching it more as an allegory. And it is still good as such.

And the strawberry-almond cake was delicious.

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last supper

It’s kind of coincidence but on my last official working day in Casa da Horta I will finally cook Latvian dinner.

The menu is here.

But I hope it doesn’t mean the end of my involvement in CDH. I have already a plan for the next stop-motion workshop and for a couple of movie sessions. At this moment I feel quite motivated to keep helping in Casa da Horta when I will be able to, but we’ll see. Maybe I’m still in the “pink glasses” period.

And next Thursday, 29th of March we are screening a Latvian documentary “Seda – people of the marsh” (2004). Welcome!

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finish line and dogs

This night arrived 7 friends from Asturias. And they all managed to fit in my room, I never imagined that it has this capacity. So… tomorrow in Casa da Horta we have Asturian dinner! With a couple of authentic asturians, asturian music, food and 3 boxes of sidra.

And my project seems to come to an end. Unfortunately not a very pleasant end because I already started to work in another place. So last 2 weeks I have been working from 12 to 14 hours every day and am tired like an old dog or used mop or whatever you would like to call this state. But the good part of this is that I have already got my chance to stay longer in Porto.

And next week in Casa da Horta we will start Eastern Europe movie nights. We still don´t have the programme but as soon as we will have it it will be posted in

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Today there is a very important assembly in Es.Col.A. (self-managed collective space). Last Friday they received a letter from the city hall that in March they have to move out, so today they are making a plan how to fight for the place that they have created.

Apart from Musas this is another magic place of Porto. It’s an occupied school where a lot of people voluntarily carry out loads of different activities – yoga and capoeira classes, music instrument construction and theatre workshops, knitting and singing workshops, movie nights, school support for local children and much more… And it’s for anyone and it’s all for free.

My both favourite places in Porto are endangered because of some silly rules and bureaucracy.

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I guess last Saturday was the peak point of my project.

The house was totally full, Beppe was entertaining people, we finished all the food but noone was left without a dish. Perfect – organizing concerts and cooking what I like, and then people enjoying it all.

Tomorrow we are going to edit the stop motion. It’s about the 6th continent aka Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Somehow I feel that the end of my Casa da Horta project is so near… But I’ll stay here around for some time anyway.

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Beppe in da House

The one and only fantastic Beppe will give a concert in Casa da Horta this Saturday!

We met something like a year ago when he was Surfing my Couch in Oviedo and somehow it happens that we meet again and again. And now as my friend he agreed to play music from south of Italy in Casa da Horta. Don´t miss it!

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Jantar de apoio ao Musas

Tonight we have a very special dinner to support the community garden Musas. We all will work in our free day, there will be no fixed price and all the money will go to support Musas in court. I don’t know all the story but one part of it is that people who work there are accused of destroying private property or something like that. While destroying means – cleaning a very big area of unused land with trash and making small pocket-gardens there. It’s a magic place – almost in the heart of Porto where you can water your cabbage while looking to the rooftops of Porto.

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