Tuxedo Junction… Won was reorganizing his closet and asked me if he should keep his tuxedo. It was expensive at the time we purchased it and it still fits, although it might be a bit big now. It’s a strange dilemma. I couldn’t make a strong argument to keep it, but I also coulnd’t make … Continue reading Random Musings – 5th Edition
…blog posts. What were you thinking? Waaaaay back in 2018, pre-retirement, pre-move to Portugal, and pre-pandemic, Won and my son Matthew began to ask me what I was going to do after I retired. Retired!!?? In my mind, I still had another five years to go (at least that was my plan). Besides, I was … Continue reading I’ve Reached 100!!
…there is an exhibit or museum for everyone. Portugal has more than 300 museums. In Lisbon, for example, you will find museums dedicated to ancient art, decorative arts, modern art, and natural history. But, you will also find museums devoted to tiles, money, and even water! Many of these exhibits are permanent and some come … Continue reading From the Serious and Inspiring to the Lighthearted and Fun
Exciting adventures, new friends, continued learning, and a few disappointments (blasted COVID!!!)… We are just about to reach the two year mark of being in Portugal (January 13). Holey moley. I can hardly believe it. Two years?! It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been that long. I marvel at how things can seem both familiar … Continue reading Another Weird, Yet Wonderful Year
Catch a wave and you’re sitting on top of the world… We finally got to see the Big Wave Tow-In Surfing Competition in Nazaré. I’m going to try my best to not over-sell this experience, but be forewarned, I’m going to fail miserably. It was AMAZING!!!! Ever since I learned about it, I have wanted … Continue reading The Moving Mountains of Nazaré
Could it get any more charming? This is our second Christmas in Portugal. [Excuse me while I take a moment to do a personal happy dance…wheeeeeeee!!!! OK, I’m done. 😅] It’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that on January 13, we will have been in the country – as residents – for … Continue reading Christmas in Cascais
Pandemic = supply chain mess = delay in shipping = problems with said furniture = delay in sharing… Back in June of this year (it feels like it was years ago, not just a few months), Won and I found a new place to live and signed a lease. This new apartment was unfurnished, unlike … Continue reading Pictures of Our New Home…Finally!
If you like pretty pictures, you’re in for a treat… I ended last week’s post just as Won and I were about to enter the Monte Palace Tropical Gardens. There are two large, well-known gardens on Madeira. One is the 7 hectare Jardim Tropicais Monte Palace (the one we visited) and the 5 hectare Jardim … Continue reading Madeira (Part 2) – Stunning Gardens, Coastlines, and Mountains
Stunning views, average food, and heart-stopping experiences… Ever since moving to Portugal, Won and I have wanted to visit the Madeira Islands. My birthday was a perfect excuse to make this happen. It’s super easy and fast to get there from Lisbon. The flight only takes an hour and a half. We planned to spend … Continue reading Madeira (Part 1) – Surprises and Disappointments
…which is entirely new to me. Before all you cheery-dispositioned, wide-awake, conquer-the-world-the-minute-you-get-out-of-bed types give me a hard time, let me say that I have never been a morning person. Even the day I was born I chose to enter the world at 9AM; a reasonable and very civil time of day. That auspicious beginning established … Continue reading Discovering the Peace and Tranquility of Early Morning