Six Word Saturday

Open the gates, sketchers are coming!

There were 800 of us climbing the avenue of the Aliados in Porto for the final sketchwalk picture of the urban sketchers symposium. I must say the sentence is not mine, it is from one of the sketchers who was walking in front of me.

I took a picture but I don’t think it captured the multitude of people on the stairs of the town hall.

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Microblog Mondays: will I stay? Will I go?

I keep thinking about what my landlady said to me when she told us she was selling the building and I asked her what would happen to us, because I knew a lot of people who had had their lease terminated because the building they lived in had been sold. She was very surprised, and then she replied: “We cannot put the life of 10 people on hold because of the tenants.” Umm. Tenants are not people? I know she didn’t mean that but that’s how it sounded.

Well, the fact is, several of my neighbors got a letter telling them they had to move out in October. Neither me nor my next door neighbour got one , maybe because our contracts are older, but still we don’t feel safe. The new landlords are a company and they want the building for profit, and that means turning the apartments into Airbnbs.

And this is happening all over town. People being expelled from their homes to make room for the tourists.

Sure, I am glad I don’t have to look for a new place, but I am revolted at what is happening.

Microblog Mondays- a few days in the fervent city

A few months ago I saw by chance a post on Facebook announcing a sketching event in the town of Liège, in Belgium. They had organised a similar event 4 years ago and the best sketches had been published in a book which sold so well ( it is actually sold out) that they decided to do a second meetup.

We didn’t have to pay for registration and the flights weren’t expensive so I registered. Besides, I didn’t know the french part of Belgium at all. Liège for me was a Paris subway station who always seemed to be closed to the public ( I think it was only open a few hours a day, and I have never seen it open).

Liège was a very pleasant surprise. I didn’t expect it to be so lovely. I just wanted to draw everything. And the people were really warm, once I was asking my way to an old lady who was waiting for the bus and she almost accompanied me to my destination.

Since the ultimate goal was to publish a second book, we were given a few suggestions of itineraries so it was a great way to get to know the city. In the evening we all met for a drink and to share our drawings.

What a great way to travel…