I've just returned from Escandinavia, where I went on a trip with my mother... It was a guided trip so it was not possible to sketch the moments or landscapes that I wanted, only when I had some free time, which was very, very scarce... anyway, it was a very good trip, we saw a lot and these are beautiful and very interesting countries, specially Norway... It was quite clear for everyone that Norway does not belong to EU...  ;) ... Here are some sketches... maybe I will go through the photos and make some pos-trip sketches, but of course, this is not the same that sketching in situs...

In the plane I sketch my mother's hands and bag...

The view from the bedroom of the hotel in Copenhague (incomplete sketch... we had to go)...

Hotel bar with very interesting lamps and chairs... we were waiting to go to catch the boat to Oslo...

On the bus... in the superior left corner I sketch my mother... I also sketch the lady in front...

In Stockholm...


In the end we all decided to write a card to the wonderful guide that we had "Claudio Ottonello", a man of the world (he is an Italian that has lived in Uruguay, then he moved to Copenhagen, where he has lived for more than 20 years)... in the superior left corner of the enveloppe, the flags correspond to the nationalities of the persons of our group, and below the flags correspond to the languages that our guide speaks... French flag is the smallest because our guide told us that he has forgotten a little the French language since he doesn't practice it anymore... (I download the photo of the envelope from our guide Facebook, because I forgot to make a photo when I draw it on the bus, so the photo of the card is cut... sorry)...

Back at the city where my mother lives (Almada, Portugal), I sketch a view from one of her windows, from which we can see the "Cristo Rei" ...

One of the days, I went with my mother to solve some estate issues, and when we were climbing the stairs I realized that I had problems to maintain my equilibrium (I promise I wasn't drunk)... then I realize that the stairs were all wear out (I hope my sketch is clear about that)... it seems that the government has no money to fix it or move to a modern building (the rooms had no air conditioner, it was a very hot summer day, the rooms were full of people, and there were very few employes (that were doing the best they could) to attend them)... It seems that Crisis is here to stay for a while... :( ... I had to say that in these moments I wish that Portugal had never entered the EU...

End of the trip... more to come... ;)

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