Wednesday, 26 August 2015
Monday, 17 August 2015
Getting back into the whirly gig
Back into the beast’s lair
The value of literary fiction
Tuesday, 11 August 2015
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
When in doubt, follow your dog.
We, on the other hand, have to conform to social norms that change from place to place, but I suppose it’s true for dogs, too. Back in Canada, the dogs sniffed each other’s faces first. Poor Baxter; she’s had to sit tight and snarl to dissuade some of these Lisbon hounds.
You are nothing without a NIF
Without the Número de Indentificação Fiscal, all that is magnificent about this place would shudder and collapse again. It is a government issued number that allows the good people in whatever taxation department to keep in touch with every single resident in their day-to-day lives, but you can win a car.
Eu não falo Portugues
Tuesday, 30 June 2015
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
The hillsides are dotted with spectacular mansions that date back centuries, growing more spectacular as they rise up the sides of the mountain to where an old castle dominates.
Beyond that, we also visited Cabo da Roca which is the most westerly point on the European mainland. The 16th-century Portuguese poet Luís de Camões described Cabo da Roca as “Onde a terra se acaba e o mar começa” --"where the land ends and the sea begins."
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Saying goodbye to all that and learning to walk in clown shoes.