It all started when I was admiring the illustration Luis Moreira had made for our meeting in Oporto; another amazing work to join the ones he had so generously made for Évora, Lisbon and Baião.
I commented on Facebook, at the time, that an illustration of the monuments of Sintra would look amazing! As soon as I made the comment I got a private message from Helena, challenging me! It did not take much to convince me and in two minutes it was decided: the next meeting would take place in the beautiful town of Sintra!
So, the 5th meeting took place on September 20th, 2014. We met in front of the Town Palace (which served as inspiration for the beautiful illustration Luis made for this meeting) and, while we waited (and waited and waited, and waited some more) for some members of the group who were “slightly” delayed, we relished in typical Sintra queijadas and the famous travesseiros.
When the whole group finally gathered, we headed to Quinta da Regaleira. This is one of the many “gems” that can be found in the beautiful village of Sintra which, along with all the scenic surroundings and rich heritage, created the conditions for Sintra to be considered a World Heritage Site in 1992.
Once in Quinta da Regaleira we followed a path in which, in the midst of lush greenery, we enjoyed the architecture of the buildings and discovered nooks, caves and secret passages, many of which lead to the esoteric Initiation Well.
At the end of the tour, and well into the afternnon, we all headed to the village of Fontanelas, where the festivities continued in a small house in the middle of the pine forest.
Faithful followers that we are, we must fulfill the sacred teachings of DMB so, if Dave says “Eat, drink and be merry,” that is what we must do!! And thus the ceremony began!
Food was in abundance, as Helena had gone all in and prepared a Mexican-themed feast for us – even cornbread was included!
And if dinner is Mexican, we have to dress accordingly! In this case a mustache was all that we needed to create the ambience! Relax! We didn’t ONLY wear the mustache! We were fully dressed. 😉
Behind the counter we had the barmaid Verónica, who prepared delicious, especially named cocktails, all through the night. And guess what the soundtrack that accompanied us throughout the night was? 😉
Among lively conversation and fun games, there was still time to see who had enough coordination left to hit a piñata – which turned out not to be as easy as we had thought!
The night continued into the early hours with an improvised “discoteque” session, where we danced until each of us gave in to fatigue.
In the end, there was one single casualty: the Galo de Barcelos … but you know what? It seems that the legend is true, and this time the rooster also came back to life!
DMB connecting people <3
Text by: Dulce Pedroso
Translation by: Helena Barbas