Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Village fetes in Paradise

As I mentioned in earlier posts, August is a busy month in Madeira with all the village fetes around the island - every weekend. The unbelievable turn out amazes me every time. I'm certain at least half the island's population attend these great events.

S. Vicente's  last week started tuesday and ended sunday afternoon, and I, along with the usual crowd of pals, attended thurday, friday and saturday nights. No sleep but who cares?

S.Vicente's do was superb - the best of them all...great sound
 from Vespas Club
this is only a fraction of the crowd...
Claudia, my dearest friend, her brother and husband at the
start of the evening. She is leaving Madeira on a job assignment -
and I'm not happy about it :( 
Sofia is famous for never getting drunk - until this particular night
when she overdid it with  shots and ended up at the
car, head out of the window, spewing up
The gang and I - this weekend is Ponta Delagada - woohoo! 

Last night after a session at Warm Up bar that lasted until 4 am, Lisandra and I  went back to my apartment for more drink and chat, and at 8:30 she decided a swim in the sea would be a good idea. 

And it was! Diving into the coolness of the deep blue with our bellies full of booze was absolutely magical. The best hang-over cure ever!  I now want to make a habit of it - after all, here in Madeira the sea temperature ranges from 25 centigrade in the summer to a "chilling" 20 centigrade in winter - oh yes, and plenty of sunshine all year round.

Lisandra and I swam to that platform and rested a while - before the
crowds arrived

So, very little time to blog at present. Busy busy with work and partying. 

It's tough going...but someone's got  to do it.



  1. Yea you told us how tough your life is already -_- So jealous.

  2. yeah very tough life, but of course it is bestowed upon some to live it...and yes i am extremely jealous....fantstic update!

    1. Has its setbacks also,Dan, like all good things in life :)

  3. No ones going to be unhappy that you are too busy with partying to write your blog..

  4. Thank you for being so understanding Tempo :)

  5. Sounds like life is good at the moment Joe - stuff blogging, get out there and have fun :)

  6. True Dicky - a matter of priorities :)

  7. You definitely seem to have your priorities well and truly balanced, good for you. I can imagine how much you will miss your friend but I'm sure with social media being what it is these days it will be easier to keep in contact than it used to be. I don't think I'll try jumping in the canal as a hangover cure, could end badly!

  8. Haha, the canal. I remember seeing a few prams and beer crates in my section of the Gran Union - not quite a swimming spot. As for my friend Claudia, you're right, Facebook is superb for keeping in touch :)

    1. You're right Joe!! But you are rarelly online =)
      From this Monday on so will I.
      Keep in touch! See you my friend! Miss you...
      (do you wanna play some darts???)

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    3. Claudiaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :) hugs to you dear friend x

  9. One word: Jealous.

    Good for you - glad you are making the most of the sunshine.