Dear grandmother, how are you?
How has your stay in Ericeira been? Tens seen as news? Things around the airports have been chaotic.
Lots of people who came on vacation, in Portugal, and who are now at the airport for their return trips. Some because flights are canceled (due to lack of staff), others because it’s time to test for Covid-19… it’s been quite complicated.
Speaking of airports: I miss traveling!
As you know, we have been very requested to hold meetings in Mainland Portugal and Islands. In these gatherings through ours, we take students to a book about the memory of the oldest, oldest, active and many more participants.
In addition to carrying out this mission, these trips will also serve to get to know our country better, our traditions and the differences between the regions. Now remind me of Mário Gil’s song, Along the paths of Portugal.
In that, like a generation, Mário Gil took the listeners on a trip to Portugal, where he mentioned several times «Through the paths of Portugal / I saw so many beautiful things / I saw a world without many times».
Go by reference to the Greater Lisbon region, then take us to cities from all the starting points of mainland Portugal and islands, of course.
Indeed, despite being so small, it is a country with a lot to discover and with abysmal differences between regions.
A little that he intends to do this year with the gatherings. Going to less places! Not that we don’t have, and will, but we haven’t just kept all the sites that are one year old.
I’m here thinking that it will be interesting to share these trips in our ‘Diary’. In this way, we share places of interest, traditions and much more.
What do you think? Are you coming to Lisbon before the elections?
Dear grandson, Well, there are many who travel, some stay at home, as my grandmother used to say, everyone is like everyone else. Before the pandemic I didn’t stop at home. Now, the farthest I’ve been to Torres Novas, where my son lives. And just once. Ericeira-Lisbon and that’s enough.
As a child I also traveled a lot: my uncle who raised me loved to visit different countries – and always by car, because he was terribly afraid of planes. Of course, sometimes travel was a little too fast. Remind me that we arrived in Turin, that he would ask – as he always did – where the center of the city was, get there, get out of the car, look around and say “it is seen”. And then we went straight to another city, which couldn’t be wasted.
But one of the trips I liked the most was to Mondariz, in Galicia. My uncle had a great friend, Galician, who lived there and, from time to time, we went there. We stayed in a hotel, where we dug D.Clara on piano at. That was a complete out of tune but we all clapped our hands together.
It was since then that I always wanted to do the Camino de Santiago (and we will, you’ll see!). There were female walkers arriving at our hotel, and it was only at a whim, I listened to them fascinated. They told everything they had seen. And what was yet to be seen. Remind me to think ‘I’ll go with them!’.
But then my friend Lalo would play, play with an older man who, to my great envy, always lived there. Lalo was also raised by an uncle – this Galician gentleman who was a very good friend of mine.
The other years passed, our lives took rumors, Mondaamriz is just a map. Only Lalo remains my friend.
He started working on television. In short and in conclusion: it’s our friend Eládio Clímaco, whom you know. And that, for me, is and will always be Lalo. Even if you go for work, make the most of travel. Along the paths of Portugal you will find unique things!
It is fine. kisses