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Nos ultimos fins de semana a preguica apoderou-se de nos. No inicio do mes fui a Coimbra passar o fim de semana. Sai daqui sexta feira, depois do trabalho e voltei domingo ao fim da tarde. A agenda estava cheissima para esses dias, entre estar com familia, amigos, ir as compras, arranjar coisas etc etc. Grande coincidencia, no mesmo fim de semana chegou o Nuno dos States para passar uns dias em terras Lusas. Ja’ nao o via ha’ anos, literalmente. A foto prova que estive com ele!
  
Depois desse fim de semana em que a minha agenda mais parecia o metro em hora de ponta de tao cheia que estava foi altura para descansar. No fim de semana seguinte fomos ate’ Greenwich almocar e aproveitamos para ir ao meridiano e ao observatorio. Tenho de la’ voltar porque nao conseguimos ver tudo o que ha daquele lado do rio… museus, parques e um ambiente que nao parece Londres mas sim algures no mediterraneo. Nao sei explicar mas tenho colegas que tem a mesma sensacao relativamente ‘aquele lado. Talvez os bares, esplanadas e restaurantes cheios, as ruas estreitas viradas para o rio que dao a sensacao de haver um porto ao virar da esquina, os parques ou o museu maritimo… Tenho de la voltar para descobrir.
  
Entretanto o Sunith conseguiu um emprego para quando acabar o mestrado portanto tivemos de celebrar. Fizemos uma almocarada la’ em casa, desta feita comida “continental” para uma maioria de indianos! Para preparar o almoco e por querer cortar o cabelo fui ate’ Upton Park, onde esta’ o estadio do Westham. Upton Park e’ uma zona 100% indiana onde se consegue arranjar tudo a precos quase orientais. Ha’ uns tempos tinhamos la’ ido e por dois “rasgullah” (doces indianos) e uma coca cola pagamos 1libra! Como tal, para cortar o cabelo nada melhor que um sitio desses. Pequenos pormenres que me esqueci: As indianas nao tem, em geral, cabelo curto portano acertar o meu corte e cabelo e’ para estas cabeleireiras uma tarefa arriscada. Segundo pormenor, e ‘a semelhanca do que se passa com o Canico quando vai ao barbeiro, eu nao falo uma palavra de hindi e as cabeleireiras quase nao falam ingles. No fim o cabelo ate’ ficou bem cortado mas gracas ‘a linguagem por gestos e ‘a ajuda da Sashya para traduzir.
  
No fim de semana passado foi a moleza total. Saimos sexta ‘a noite para ver o concerto fabuloso dos Tinariwen e sabado fomos ao cinema ver mais um filme, desta feita “Factory Girl”. Para este fim de semana ja’ ha’ mais umas estreias que incluem Bollywood portanto deve ser mais um fim de semana de descanso, sem passeios nem visitas.
Sexta ‘a tarde tive a oportunidade de assistir a parte do jogo India – Sri Lanka para o mundial de cricket. Decididamente nao percebo nada daquele desporto mas felizmente so vi durante meia hora porque acho que tentar ver um jogo inteiro e’ impossivel… dura oito (OITO, 8, VIII) horas!!! Foi divertido especialmente ver a animacao da malta, com tambores e afins. Inclusivamente havia uns quantos alguns gajos a dancar bhangra de cada vez que a India marcava pontos.

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The last weekends have been lazy. On the start of the month I went to Coimbra for a weeked. left London on a Friday after work and came back Sunday evening. My agenda was overbooked between meeting famil, friends, do some shopping etc. By coincidence, my ex-flatmate and good friend Nuno came from the US for a short holiday and I managed to meet him after some years. the photo is a proof that I met him!
 
The weekend after that we went to Greenwich for lunch. since we arrived earlier we decided to go to The meridian and to the Royal Observatory. We’ll have to go back as we didn’t have time to see everything on that side… museums, parks and an ambiance that seems like a small seaside town rather than London. I tought it was just my impression but some people here has the same feeling. Maybe it’s the bars, the narrow streets, the outdoor cafes and the small restaurants always packed or the maritime museum. It feels like just around the corner is a big mechants port!
 
Sunith also was offered a great job to start after his master so we had to celebrate. This time we prepared a “continental” meal of mutton for a majority of indians! To get all the ingredients and a cheap hair cut I went  to Upton Park, an indian neighbourhood where the prices are closer to the eastern ones. Some time ago we went there and had 2 “rasgullah” and a coke for £1! So this seemed like the best place to get an affordable hair cut. I just forgot some important details. One is that Indian women tend to have longer hairs so for this hairdresser my hair was already cut and it was a risky task to trim it. The other detail is that I don’t speak a word of Hindi and they barely speak English so thats to gestures and Sashya’s help I managed it.
 
Last weekend was mainly spent at home. Friday night we went for the fabulous concert of Tinariwen and Saturday to the cinema to see “Factory Girl”. Next week new movies are comming and some of the are Bollywood so I think this time I’ll finally see it. Here they have english subtitles.
The rest of the time was relaxing, without visitors nor “touristy” trips. Friday evening I watched a bit of the world cup of cricket, India vs Sri Lanka. I don’t undestand that sport and I think it’s impossible to watch a full match… it lasts eight (EIGHT, 8) hours!!! Still, the half hour I watched it was funny, specially when some indian guys started to dace some bhangra, acompained by drums, when India scored.
 
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