In the following minutes I will take you on a short trip with me to the south of Portugal, where the sun reigns and the beautiful beaches lay as the waves flirt with the sand.
Concluding our Theater of the Oppressed training, this was a time of reunion and bonding with the group in a different time and space. These were 6 days, with 2 days of travel, that i had to take the most out of while enjoying Faro’s warmth at every chance. From Jaroslawki to Faro, some people are new to me but I was familiar with most. We summed up our learnings throughout the whole process and I used my time off the training to walk through Faro’s streets; streets that I have never been to yet felt so familiar. Locals explained about the Arab influence in Portugal, especially in the south, and the history. Furthermore, I, surprizingly, and with great effort, could understand the language; I felt like home for the most part. The place is cheerful and so were the people.
Attending one Theater of the Oppressed play in „Universidade do Algarve” raised my awareness to social issues in the country. I could barely understand the words and had Laura, one of our wonderful people responsible for this project, translate the play for us. I was jumping before her because I could know exactly how things are, it’s the same in Tunisia, and hopefully changing. I would want to be part of such plays within different countries and cultures, as it is really eye-opening to the deepest structure of the daily life in a society.
Living in Poland, I missed the mediterranean feel, and Portugal gave me that! not only through its sunny weather, but everything from food to small interactions with locals.
To conclude, this trip was delightful to my heart and I look forward to many adventures to come and to many amazing places to visit in this beautiful earth. I believe there’s home wherever we are in the world, and that is mine. Learning about this form of theater in this way has been really interesting and I would hope that many people will have such an opportunity to explore it in the future as well. I see this as a humanitarian work through raising awareness and creating a safe space for discussion and reflection.