These days I’m traveling through Portugal. I really like the country and it surprises me in all kind of ways.
Last year we stayed for a month in Lisbon, in a “character” apartment. In February. Great view, bad building insulation. Worst experience in terms of temperature inside an apartment. I remembered a friend telling me, before leaving, that the coldest she’s ever been was in an apartment in Porto, in winter. I didn’t believe her then. Now I know: the people here don’t really believe in central heating.
On the other hand, lots of highways and good roads. With some of the most agressive drivers in Europe.
And, finally, when you are free from the agressive drivers, the local fauna decides to come into play. Yesterday, while driving through a village looking for a supermarket, a peacock decided to interrupt us. The only thing I’m sorry is I didn’t think of getting him angry so that we could see his tail in all its splendor :)
You’d think I only notice the bad things. But it’s not true. It’s just not as interesting and funny, maybe, to tell you that I like the people here, their café pingado, pasteis, or doce da casa, the beaches (even if the water is cold AF). I love coming in the winter to see the big surfing waves of Nazaré or the sunsets.
So here’s a really, really beautiful October sunset in Nazaré, to show you what you’re missing.