Living Abroad

Following the curve, living with lockdown in Portugal

April 23, 2020 Jack 0

Less than 24 hours later and I wish we’d bought more at the Alentejo supermarket. The madness we’d been reading about in British press reports descends on Portugal. There are queues of shoppers at each till, their trolleys piled high with produce including, of course, multi-packs of toilet paper. […]

Food and drink

Bacon, an essential travel item

February 12, 2020 Jack 0

During the course of a neverending monologue from Marcia, with an “aye, that’s right” thrown in by Preston every now and again, she mentioned their suitcase was half-filled with tins of Spam. It snapped me out of the self-induced coma I’d retreated into. What sort of strange person would pack Spam in their suitcase? […]

Alentejo

The remote lonesome beauty of living in Alentejo

May 15, 2018 Jack 2

The clanging of bells as goats made their way to their daytime pasture was our alarm call in the morning; a mixed chorus of song from golden orioles, bee-eaters and azure-winged magpies serenaded us over breakfast under a grape covered arbour; […]

Europe

Portugal, it feels different

May 31, 2017 Jack 0

In the last year we’ve visited Corsica, Bavaria, various Canary Islands, mainland Spain, Chile and Crete. Yet this trip to Portugal is unlike any of them. […]

El Hierro

A weekend on El Hierro part 2

September 16, 2016 Jack 0

The road from Las Playas passes one of our favourite sculptures in the Canary Islands, a lothario looking out to sea. Usually it’s women searching the horizon for the return of loved ones. Not on El Hierro. […]

El Hierro

A weekend on El Hierro part 1

September 16, 2016 Jack 0

Within an hour of taking off we’re driving along El Hierro’s quiet roads to our first stop at Pozo de la Salud on the western end of the El Golfo Valley. […]