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A Walk with Dad

May 22, 2011
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“We sure like it here.” “It’s very beautiful, Dad. You’re really lucky.” Dad and I step onto the seawall just outside my parent’s apartment block…

Getting to Know My New Friend

May 18, 2011
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So, I’ve had my shiny new MacBook for about two weeks now and I confess that the relationship is developing with far more ease and…

West Coast Rain

May 18, 2011
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I have lived on the west coast of Canada all my life and so I know rain. I mean I really know it. I can…

Gym Get Going

May 14, 2011
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What is a one syllable word that is a synonym for virtuous? That’s right. Gym. G.Y.M. When you go to the gym, you feel virtuous.…

Ferry Adultery

May 9, 2011
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I feel like I’m committing adultery. My palms are sweaty. I feel palpitations in my heart. I cast furtive glances over my shoulder. Any minute…

I Do the Unthinkable

May 3, 2011
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I did the unthinkable today. I strode through the double doors into Future Shop, quickened my pace past the ranks of PCs and veered left…

Estremoz – October 18

Oct 19, 2010
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I sit in the bar of a fabulous restaurant converted from a 16th Century jail in Estremoz and sip the remainder of my wine. I…

Evora – October 17 and 18

Oct 19, 2010
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Now here’s a town that invented charming! Evora is a walled town dating back to Roman times that just reeks with stylish and historical beauty.…

Sintra – October 16

Oct 17, 2010
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We devoted the whole of today for an outing to Sintra, which is about a 30-minute train ride from Lisbon. So many people have told…

Lisbon Museums

Oct 16, 2010
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Apparently there are about 40 museums in Lisbon but so far I’ve just been to three! First, I took myself off by myself to visit…

Lisbon Fado

Oct 16, 2010
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Fado is the Portuguese blues — hurtin’ songs that are unlike anything I’ve ever heard. Apparently they were originally sung by the women waiting for…

Chilling Out in Lisbon – October 13 to 15

Oct 16, 2010
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Since arriving at our lovely apartment on Tuesday, October 12, we’ve just been enjoying being temporary residents of the Alfama district in Lisbon. Inside, our…