Go East – fim de semana oriental

Tudo comecou quando o JD decidiu convencer-nos (ao Sunith portanto) a preparar um jantar indiano em troca de um jantar japones que ainda se ha de realizar.
 
Chuntey Verde de Goa, Galinha Tandoori, Galinha Cafreal, Xacuti de Vaca e Cogumelos, Dal (lentilhas) com Arroz de Acafrao e Mousse de Manga acompanhados de cerveja e vinho tinto (como portugueses que somos nao dispensamos o nectar de uva), muita conversa em varias linguas e a noite passou-se bem. Faltou o Feni, o calor e as ventoinhas de tecto para naquela noite termos a perfeita sensacao de estar em Goa…
 
No sabado fomos ate’ ‘as comportas do rio(Thames Barrier), a Este de Londres e e’ de facto uma obra impressionante. Estamos agora a pensar ir visitar aquilo por dentro. Temos de descobrir quando, como e quanto. Aceitam-se informacoes 😉 As imagens valem mil palavras portanto procurem aqui ao lado no album “London”.

No domingo foi o Ano Novo Chines. Entramos no Ano do Porco com toda a populacao de Londres e arredores a tentar chegar a Chinatown para ver a “Danca do Dragao”. Ao fim de algum tempo de apertos e encontroes e de nos apercebermos que a policia tinha fechado Chinatown desistimos e fomos ate’ Leicester Square onde ‘as cinco da tarde havia fogo preso. Como fomos cedo, arranjamos lugares bem posicionados, ja’ na segunda ou terceira fila de gente mas com uma vista ampla do jardim. ‘As cinco da tarde o relogio dos bonecos tocou a sua musica habitual e logo de seguida comecou o fogo. Apesar da brilhante localizacao nao consideramos os factores vento e fumo e portanto, como podem ver nas fotos, pouco mais vi que uma nuvem de fumo acompanhada de muito barulho e um cheiro intenso a polvora. Portanto nao vimos praticamente nada das comemoracoes do Ano Novo. Curiosamente fomos jantar a Chinatown esta semana e, para diversao dos turistas e transeuntes, um restaurante estava a encenar a tal “Danca do Dragao” para atrair clientela. Finalmente vi a danca mas nao tenho fotos a documentar. 

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It all started when JD tried to convince me and Sunith to throw an Indian dinner. In exchange we would get a Japanese dinner afterwards (still to come).
Goan Green Chutney, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Cafreal, Beef and Mushrooms Xacuti, Dal with Saffron Rice and Mango Mouse was the menu, along with beer and red wine (we are Portuguese), long conversations and it was a great evening. We just missed the Feni, the hot weather and the ceiling fans to have the full Goan feeling…
 
Saturday we headed to the eastern side of London to see the Thames barrier. It’s an impressive construction to prevent London to flood. We’re thinking of going inside but we need to find when and how we can do it. An image worth more than 1000 words so look at the photos on the “London” album by the side.

Sunday was the Chinese New Year. We went to Chinatown to try to see the Dragon’s Dance and the party but all the people of London were there. After some minutes being pushed and smashed by the crowd we realized that the police wasn’t allowing people into Chinatown. We gave up and went to Leicester Square as soon there would be some fireworks.
As we reached early we got a great spot with full view of the park and almost anyone in front of us. By five o’clock the Switzerland building dolls announce the time and the fire starts. We just managed to see the first 30 seconds of fire because after that a cloud of thick grey smoke came towards us along with the loud noise and an intense smell of gunpowder… we didn’t realise that the wind was blowing in our direction.
We didn’t see anything of the Pig’s Year celebrations… Luckily, we went to Chinatown for dinner some days ago and we were presented with a dragon dance performed by a restaurant that was trying to get some extra costumers. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me
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