Carnival and Valentine in one week. Even better: right after each other. If you went completely crazy during Carnival, you have to go romantic the next day – perhaps with a huge hangover. Oops. In Lazarim they celebrate a special kind of carnival In Lazarim – in the north between Vila Real and Viseu – […]
I once worked for a portuguese estate agency. That was in the Dreamtime, when we were still dreaming of a better future in Portugal. Working for the agency was an excellent introduction to the portuguese culture. What I found striking then, and what has changed a lot in the 20 years that we now live
We suddenly find ourselves without a Prime Minister since Tuesday! And perhaps with a CC, a Caretaker Cabinet, starting next week! (Does that sound familiar?) António Costa resigns after being accused of corruption over a lithium mine My son, who I texted about it, found it no surprise: “Portugal scores well on the corruption index”
“Senhora … bom dia ….” the man is dressed in camouflage clothing, and puts out his cigarette as he steps out of his Volkswagen station. “Is the senhora going for a walk with the dog?” I nod yes, and walk back a bit because it’s just a little too far to have a normal chat.
I didn’t know it at all. But yes, maybe not that surprising, because I come from the big city in the western part of the country, and there of course you have large expensive houses, but there is never anything written on them except perhaps “Pondview” or “Home Sweet Home” (names for houses are a
When I want to load the groceries, a small Portuguese woman comes to me. Well, not to me, to Mira. She’s always the one that gets the most attention everywhere. Maybe because most people don’t dare say to another human being: “Hey, honey, come here!” to say. That used to happen, but those times are
I drove back especially for it. I just came out of the supermarket parking lot, and my eye caught a text on the bike parking, but someone was behind me so I couldn’t stop for a photo. Very occasionally I’m happy with graffiti This one seems very appropriate: “Podia ser pior – it could be
I have discovered a beautiful area, not far away at all. That is a blessing, especially early on a Sunday morning. “Come on Mira, in the car girl!” I urge my darling-of-a-dog to jump into the back of the car. We are going to discover a new hiking trail, a “terra-batida” near the church of
I don’t remember where I picked up the folder, but anyway, I went because it was close by on a Sunday afternoon at 3.30 pm, in the Associação de Vinha da Rainha. Theater is always fun, actually Frankly, I have no idea what to expect. It is clear that it concerns a local amateur group.
“Espere, espere …” Dário mysteriously disappears into the kitchen to grab something, apparently. “Oh Dona Helena! Olhe aqui … tente isso … Look, try this … “ He looks at me expectantly as I take a small sip from the small glass. “This is a typical Portuguese drink,” he says proudly “O Dário … tão