Termas da Azenha

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Juggling is good for your brain

“Hi, bom dia”,  I say with a big smile because it’s a glorious sunny day after a few days of rain, “How are you doing? I saw Molly go to the other side already … I’m sorry but I forgot your name …”

“River, my name is River. River sticks.”

“Ah, yes, that’s certainly true”, I understand his remark completely wrong, “River is quite a special name, it sticks all right.”

“No, my name is Styx, like the river Styx, of the Greek mythology”, he explains patiently. He probably had to explain that already so many times.

It is a name like thriller writer Karin Slaughter, glazier Harry Fragment or google SEO Larry Page

Why, you ask? River is a master on the sticks. He can do magic with 3 sticks. He learned that when he was young, and wanted to go clubbing but didn’t have the means to do so. So he taught himself this, and was the star of the evening, earned some money with it and had what he wanted: a vibrant night.

I wish I had a name like that. Ellen Hospitality. Or could do tricks like that


But wishing for it doesn’t do the trick. It’s about passion, practice and patience. And of course talent, motivation and perseverance. The latter he showed after having suffered a stroke on quite a young age. Afterwards, he had to learn a lot all over again. Also the tricks with the sticks.

I seems that juggling is very good for your brain. (This is categorized as juggling.) As so many things, scientists have studied that. If you practice juggling after such a dramatic event as a stroke, you’ll recover faster and better.

So that you know, in case … (hopefully this advice will never be necessary!)

In the mean time, his significant other Molly floats over the fields, takes the sun in with every cell of her body, writes stories early in the morning when the whole world is still asleep, and on one of her walks she came across a choir of crickets. They were not afraid of her, apparently, they loved her as their conductor which task she performed with a feather instead of a stick. Maybe they just recognized her as a fairy …

Molly and River posing for the reception of Termas-da-Azenha

Husband River does tricks with sticks; she does it with feathers, and both have a grateful audience!

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We moved here in 2000 from Rotterdam, Holland to the Termas-da-Azenha, Portugal. A big step, especially with two small children. We are busy to rebuild one of portugals cultural heirlooms: Termas-da-Azenha, an old spa which has been turned into several holiday homes, rooms and a small campsite, with a swimming pool, games like pingpong, foossball, pool, boardgames, and a FancyDressingRoom. You’ll find mosaics and paintings everywhere.

The old bathhouse is going to be a museum, where you can see how things have changed. The healing mineral water still runs through the baths, and is still of an excellent quality. Since 2018 we call ourselves the first B&B&B in the world – Bed & Breakfast & Bathrobes. You can buy a unique bathrobe or kimono in our webshop, or order one tailor-made, completely to your wishes.

Each week a little blog about what is happening around us. An easy read. A few minutes in another world. A little about what it going on in Portugal. If you plan your holiday to Portugal, it might be a nice preparation. We have some nice special offers on our site.

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