Another glorious day in our Portuguese paradise. I’ve decided that this blog will be a Covid free zone. I will not mention anything about the subject and will stay away from anything related to it. Simply to say to family and friends up front, we are wearing masks, taking all precautions, feel incredibly safe and our decision to come here was based on fact therefore: having made an “informed decision” we are thrilled to be here and will enjoy every moment.
We are both aware that the jet lag this time around seems to be hanging on a bit longer than we recall from previous visits. Selective memory? Consequently we are keeping a low profile, moving at a pace that is comfortable for both of us, and taking the time to absorb every sun ray, each breathtaking vista, and paying attention to “be in the moment”. We are two happy people, that’s for sure.
I enjoyed a casual poke around town this morning exploring a few of the side roads we did not have the time to venture down yesterday. Marc stayed at home to catch up on a few things and take a couple of videos he was wanting to make.
A few of the locals waved at me and called out a friendly Olá. I love that they recognize me from past visits, it makes me feel welcomed and officially here. As I mentioned yesterday, things haven’t changed a whole lot.
I enjoyed a walk around the cemetary, something I find relaxing and somewhat zen.
The town feels abnormally quiet to me at this time but again, I think it’s simply the time of year and the fact that fewer tourists are about. I’m not complaining, it is very agreeable to wander alone like this.
Marc and I headed to the square after lunch and were delighted to bump into old friends, Susie and Gus. We enjoyed a bica and a visit, how much fun it was to catch up and enjoy a few new laughs.
We had made arrangements to drive into Olhão, about 10 km from us, and meet with Ana and Simão. Hugs were had!!!!! What an enjoyable reconnection after this past 19 months. We sat by the sea on a patio and enjoyed a gin & tonic, wonderful conversation, and within a few minutes it felt as if we had simply seen each other yesterday. The pleasure of great relationships.
And now we’re back home, fire blazing, music entertaining, dinner simmering, the house filled with all the things, those creature comforts we never take for granted that warm our souls and make us pinch ourselves, one more time.