How Three Months In Brazil Turned Into One Week In Lisbon

Sometimes things don’t go to plan. And I’ve had a rather strong inkling since September that it just wasn’t going to happen…

Let me re-cap very briefly. In early spring last year, my friend Sofia suggested that we’d spend this winter in Brazil to have fun and to learn Portuguese (she needs it for her travel business).

Now, Sofia is just about the busiest person I’ve ever known, and often we don’t manage to meet up, not even for quick a coffee, for weeks on end, despite living within 10 mins walking distance from each other.

In the end, as I had anticipated, owing to business, family and teaching commitments, plus some wearisome health issues thrown in, Sofia couldn’t extract herself from her life for three whole months. However, she was still very keen to get away over Christmas, as was I, so we’ll be spending a week in Lisbon.

Am I a bit disappointed?

A tad, perhaps, but to be honest, I’m not heartbroken. I’m really excited about Lisbon, as I’ve never even been to (mainland) Portugal before… but that’s only part of the reason.

In fact, I’ve been considering Portugal as the most likely candidate for my next country move, and after my, uhm, mixed experiences in small town Toledo, I would definitely want to be in the capital.

So, this coming week will be a reconnaissance mission for me, pivoted firmly on a list of cafรฉs, patisseries, bakeries and cake shops supplied by my Portuguese teacher, an authentic Lisbon native.

And here’s a lamp picture, taken last Thursday in a bar in Sonseca, a town about 30 mins drive away from Toledo.

Sonseca Lamp

I imagine my brain to look a bit like this …addled to the hilt and none too bright in the middle.


55 thoughts on “How Three Months In Brazil Turned Into One Week In Lisbon

  1. June

    Love the lamp! Try Porto as well as Lisbon before you make your decision about your next move. My judgement might be slightly swayed by the amount of Port I consumed in Porto, but I definitely thought it was nicer than Lisbon while still being a big city. Enjoy!


    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      Yes, I’d love to see Porto. Might get round to that in the spring or over the summer. I’m in no rush to move, not quite done yet in Spain… I’m guessing I’ll be here for another three years at least.


      1. ladyofthecakes Post author

        On that front, I should win hands down. But on the other hand, I eat considerably more, and don’t even think about serving me up tinned stuff. And I certainly won’t share with Gilda.


      2. Pecora Nera

        The garage is actually warmer than our kitchen and bedrooms, some bright spark put the boiler on the back wall. Now if they had put it in the kitchen, it would be toasty warm and I could make a cup of tea without putting a coat and hat on.


      3. Pecora Nera

        mmm that might be a problem.
        Mind you, if you came here Mrs Sensible will turn on her Sicilian hospitality and you will find your self in the best bedroom, complete with hot-water bottle and I will be in the garage with Scooby Doo


    1. ladyofthecakes Post author

      And I’ve only ever been to Madeira, lol. Try go on some organised walks, the countryside is very pretty. They have a special cake there made with local sugar cane… very sweet, but good!


  2. Anna

    Wow, what a crazy change of plans!
    I liked Lisbon – I was there only for a couple of days though – and I loved the south of the country (I vacationed in the Algarve area). The food is amazing, the wine is cheap, the horses for beach rides are plentiful ๐Ÿ˜‰ Cannot wait for the recap of your recon mission, and what I am sure will be hundreds of photos!


      1. Anna

        HAHAHA. Let’s see. Lamps. Windows. Streets. More lamps. Flowers. Sunsets. Sunrises? Cake. Not enough booze. Some more lamps. Dilapidated buildings. Rooftops. People in tacky, bright outfits. Leopard print. Street musicians. Street lamps.


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