There’s a famous proverb that says “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
It couldn’t be more accurate!
We have been working hard on our Fragile project, making can art and light installations for the exhibition that will occur on the 27th of June. But for one day we put our work to the side and gathered in the space of Teatro Metaphora to celebrate the birthday of our boss – José António.
The night began as we led him out of the office on the pretenses to just have a drink in a nearby bar. Little did he know that a couple of people stayed behind and set up the space for the celebration to come.
After two rounds of drinks and many shared laughs we all gathered in front of the bar and sung him a round of birthday songs. It started with the locals singing the Portuguese version and continued with the Spanish version. But that was just the beginning! The Georgians sung their version, followed by the Turks singing their own, I of course sang in Slovenian and to finish it all of myself and a fellow Georgian volunteer sang in German as well.
Needles to say, our boss was delighted and, as I have noticed, stunned to a degree to be surrounded by so many people in his honour. We thanked him and proceeded to return to the office, this time on the pretenses to get our personal items and go home.
You can imagine the shock that he experienced when he opened the door, and turned on the lights, when the people who stayed behind jumped out of hiding to cheer him on! They have made a big spread of all kinds of snacks and drinks and of course the centerpiece of the evening – the cake.
For the next couple of hours we mingled, we sung, we danced, we drank, we talked and we laughed. It was a great night full of positive energy and joy. Parabéns António!
Volunteer at Teatro Metaphora – Associação de Amigos das Artes
European Voluntary Service – Erasmus+
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