Friday to Friday

15 thoughts on “Friday to Friday”

  1. I am so glad I found your blog! I’m now more inspired than ever to pack it all up and move to Portugal! Thank you!

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    1. Bwa ha ha ha!!! My plan is working! All kidding aside, I hope you will come check it out (when it is safe to do so) and let me know when you plan to come. Would love to meet you. In the interim, let me know if you have any questions. I’ll do my best to answer them.

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  2. Beth, I enjoyed this post. Your description of your Friday night dinner made me want to get on a plane and go try that restaurant!

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    1. I am reading your comment while sitting here in that same restaurant. We are having another wonderful time! I took the liberty of sharing your comment with Paulo, the owner. He was delighted! I hope you can join us for dinner one night! ❤️

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  3. So interesting! I’m going to guess that you don’t often long for your days back at J&J and corporate life? What a great experience and adventure you guys are enjoying!

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    1. Good guess…the only thing I miss from J&J are the great people I had the chance to work with. We are having a wonderful time here and long to share it with friends and family. Hopefully, the US will get the virus under control and you and Maria can come for a visit. It would be loads of fun to see you both.

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  4. Beth – love this vicarious travel experience. Thank you. Curious about healthcare over there? May not be a compelling blog post, but of interest to me. Cheers, Jim and Dole.

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    1. Hi Jim! I’m so happy you are enjoying my blog. I’m having a great time writing it. You may have missed the two blog posts I’ve published on the subject of healthcare in Portugal which I believe you would find very interesting. The first is called “The Cost and Quality of Healthcare” and more recently “€1,25 for an EKG?!” (Be sure to read the comments at the bottom of that post.) You can find links to both these posts by scrolling down to the bottom of the home page of my blog. All my past posts are linked there. Let me know if there is something specific you are interested in learning about that I may not have covered. I’d be happy to answer any question you have. Give my best to Dole!

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  5. Hi Beth, Won and Sweat Pea. I’ve just checked in your blog because we are also recent customers of Alegria Vadia, the amazing restaurant near Jardim dos Passarinhos. In the late 80’s we lived in your neighbourhood at Praceta Marquesa do Cadaval, but now we are 350km away near Porto. We have a daughter living there and in one of our last visits we also met Paulo ( not Paolo, that may be Italian 😊).I think you don’t mind we follow your adventures reading your blog.
    I hope you enjoy living in Monte Estoril and wish you all the best.
    Carlos and Lena (yes we are portuguese)

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    1. It’s so nice to meet you both!! And, THANK YOU for letting me know how to spell Paulo’s name (my mother is Sicilian so I have a tendency to use Italian spelling). I will correct that error in my blog immediately. You know what is funny? Paulo misunderstood Won’s name when he called to make a reservation the first time and spelled it Johan. 🙂 I think all the name confusion might now be cleared up. LOL! When you come to see your daughter, you must let us know so we can have dinner together at Alegria Vadia. We really enjoyed Porto when we visited in June and would love to learn more about your experiences living there. My blog post “A Peak at Porto” describes our visit. I’m delighted and humbled that you are interested in my blog. We have fallen in love with Portugal and feel very blessed to live here. Thank you for your kind note and please stay in touch.

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      1. Hi Beth , thank you for having the time to reply. For sure we will we will meet at Paulo’s restaurant. Talk to you soon.

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  6. I think I have a crush on Sweet Pea; I feel protective of her when I was reading about the dog encounter. Glad that she’s okay. So the same unobservant dog owners exist all over the globe it seems. I laughed at the term dog “nose art”. We have double the window nose marks with our 2 Gordon Setters. Our setters also get the zoomies and with 150 pounds of dogs whipping around, tables are often overturned. I love that Sweet Pea has a personal stylist, not a groomer; what a cute name Rua na Patas.

    The shrimp dishes, dining out or in, both look delicious. Won does an amazing job, so he need not feel pressure for your blog. Enjoyable to read (& again the lovely tiles that seems to be everywhere) about your everyday life – that health club looks amazing.

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    1. From one dog lover to another, a heartfelt thank you for your concern. Sweet Pea is a tough cookie, but she’s still pretty little so we let her do her thing until we think she could be injured and then we step in to protect her. And, by the way, Gordon Setters are beautiful! Aren’t dogs the most amazing creatures? They bring such joy and happiness to our lives. Oh…the painted tiles you mentioned are called Azulejo (a-zhool-ay-zhoo) and the “a” is pronounced like the “a” in hat. And, yes, they are everywhere here and really lovely to see. Stay safe and healthy!

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  7. Beth,
    I also wanted to acknowledge your info about the espionage/exile history of Lisbon. There is a great reference to this “spy connection” in John La Carre’s “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”, released in 1979 with the great Alec Guinness. Episode 2 centers on Lisbon so you might appreciate some window back in the day.
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn5Ccp4G_eg). I wonder if you recognize the cemetary at 21:28 & 29:12?

    The whole 7 episode arc is very good but NOT like a Bond film at all – very subtle but with still the tension of the Cold War period. The Lisbon scenes and the music (@ 5:06) seem to really capture a time.
    Leslie

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