• Tereza Kadlecova

COVID-19 vs The Sketching Project & Sketch 35: Portuguese Coffee Break

Updated: Oct 17, 2020

As we find ourselves locked down under a worldwide quarantine, The Sketching Project is back!

We would love to travel and move around, but we can't. Let's use this time to do all the other things we wanted but never had time, cause we prioritised travelling. Let's read and educate ourselves. Do online courses, follow workout calendars and cook fancy dishes. Reflect on our careers and personal life and ask where we are going.

And, importantly: LET'S READ THOSE TRAVEL DIARIES and LOOK AT PHOTOS. For me, these two are so exciting! Now is time to travel in our memories, since we cannot visit places for real. We are 'stuck at home', but our minds and imagination are free to wander.

Not only we cannot travel, but we also can't go outside and spend time in public space. Something we all take for granted is now threatened, but also can be appreciated.

So what will I blog about and sketch?

Seems like, at this time, there is nothing to blog about? On the contrary. NOW is the time to travel back in time and publish sketches I never did, take you to public spaces I never have, add more countries I have visited but have not had time to blog about yet. So, let's begin our journey in the poetic streets of southern Portugal, where I walked just over a month ago, and with a sketchbook in my hand...

Sketch 35: Portuguese Coffee Break

I miss seeing people hanging out. I miss the smell of fresh coffee, the sound on faint noise in the streets, and the feeling that other people surround me. I don't necessarily go to public spaces to talk to people. I go and do my own thing: eat, read or shop, or to sit in a cafe with my laptop. Simple things. What feels good though, is that I am not alone in doing that. That there are other people, doing their things, and we are in this together. I miss that a lot.

The sketch of today takes you to Lagos, southern Portugal. A place of cafes full of people reading newspapers, savouring their espressos and satisfying their sweet tooth. A place of street musicians, colourful frontages of local businesses, with a smell of the sea in the air and streets full of trees. It was a sunny day, with kids eating ice-creams and young women taking out their summer dresses. It felt amazing to walk down the streets and to engage in this collective activity of hanging out outdoors and enjoying the sunshine.

Location (sketch and photos): Lagos, southern Portugal

Date: 11 am, 25th February

And what will be next?

There is so much more of Nepal coming! But why wait? Click here to see published sketches and stories from Nepal. Experience the (for most tourists now irreversibly lost) authenticity of this country through my eyes and in this very moment.

There is a post about where and how to experience authentic sea holidays. I sketched a whole Greek high street at the seaside at my favourite summer vacation spot ever! The whole Sketching Project started at this place. Have a look at what's already published!

There will be the Czech Republic during Christmas time...

...and Vienna in winter.

And of course, there is Oxford (here are my posts from the UK so far) and my neighbourhood during the quarantine. I will talk about a whole new perspective on what public space is, now that for many of us, our homes (combined with the internet) turned into our entire world overnight.

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