Portugal: A Retreat, A Reveal


For such a small country, Portugal has a wealth of beautiful beaches.
Much of the country is rugged coastline, waterlogged and accessible only by small boat, if at all. Low tide, however, each day does its reveal. When the tide retreats you can walk on miles of white sand that spends most of its time under water. You are walking on what is normally part of the sea, under several feet of water.
This beautiful stretch of sand in Lagos is such a place, which I recently explored with a Portuguese friend. It is safe to say most tourists don’t know about this place. How would they? It takes a bit of trekking across rural trails to get here. And around bends, there are caverns and caves carved by wind, sea and time.
These coastal walks are so invigorating and life-affirming.

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Plenty Of Juice, Where’s The Gin?

It’s citrus season in Portugal, and for that matter across the rest of Southern Europe. And many people have fruit trees that yield a bounty this time if year – more than they can consume.
At the fruit and vegetable market I noticed that a very large bag of oranges – containing about 25 oranges or more – goes for 1€, maybe 2€ tops. That’s a good price.
But consider that people keep giving me bags of oranges, lemons, tangerines, picked from their trees, free. No need to buy. Tourists buy :)
So what’s a guy to do? Break out the makeshift juicer – a wooden fork and a strainer – and go nuts.
Now, to find the vodka and gin giveaway :)


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A Street Performer Gets Ready

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In Seville, Spain, I sat just across the street and watched this street performer get ready in plain view for her act: becoming a water fountain sculpture.

This woman who parks herself near the Triana Bridge, grabs a lot of attention because of how elaborate her costume appears to be. Water is pumped from under her garment as she sits still for hours, moving only when someone gives her money.

There are dozens of street performers around the world and I have noticed a trend to make their get up more complex, more involved and more interesting and attention-grabbing as the public grows more accustomed to seeing people who turn themselves into human sculptures. It is safe to say the trend has lost some of its appeal. So these human sculptures have to give the public something more to get attention and get more in the way of loose change. Simply sitting or standing motionless does not seem to cut it any more.



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