I do not know how a month has gone by since I last posted. I had a bout with a severe chest cold which laid me up for a while. However, mostly I have been reading, walking and spending time with family.
My grandson celebrated his 13th birthday in Colares, Portugal. Five days with my son and his family sped by with a birthday party, family card games, sushi dinner out in Malveira da Serra for my grandson’s birthday and hours of laughter and tears of nostalgia watching videos of my grandson from the ages of one to five. Included in the videos were videos of him at four years of age on his first visit to see me in Praia da Luz at Easter.
The weather continues to be sunny but has dropped in temperature and when the wind blows it is actually chilly! We had one stormy day which I especially loved as it is my favorite weather for a walk next to the ocean.
I am leaving for Madrid in a week to spend six days volunteering with the Vaughantown English Immersion program. More about that when I return.
And I haven’t forgotten that I owe my readers a list of the contents of my final packet for my SEF interview. I am meeting with an accountant next this month to make certain that I filed all of the necessary paperwork to be exempt from taxes in Portugal. I will let you know what I find out.
In the meantime, may your dreams be fulfilled. They can be, one step at at time.
Strolling along the beachside promenade in Praia da Luz yesterday I was struck again by how the town reclaims its Portuguese village status once the tourist season crowd has mostly departed.
Quiet Sunday Afternoon
On the benches in the square at the end of the promenade, Portuguese couples soak up the sun of a peaceful afternoon.
Walking towards the restaurants at the other end I pass young families joking with each other. The sound of Portuguese is music to my ears. In the busy days of summer and early fall you are much more likely to hear English being spoken (mostly by British and Irish on holiday) than Portuguese near the beach.
While the international vibe during the busier times of the year is energizing and a boon to the local economy, I am happiest gazing out on the near empty beach and listening to the native language of this village that I love.
Nearly Empty Beach at Praia de Luz
View from Balcony
It was hard to believe when I woke up the first day that it was finally the start of my life in Portugal. I filled it with walks along the promenade, breakfast at a beachside cafe and taking walks with my son and grandson who had joined me for my first few days here.
Strolling the promenade in Praia da Luz
Having been in Praia da Luz many times before, I immediately felt at home. My condo, although temporary for two months, was easy to settle in to, and the view from my balcony is the stuff of travel brochures and PR releases!
Thirteen years ago I arrived in Portugal for the first time. I have been dreaming about living in Portugal ever since. Fifteen more days and the dream becomes a reality. Stay tuned…..