“Bem-vindos” to Portugal

Three flights (one of which departed without us) and two pieces of lost luggage later, we arrived in Lisbon, where Carson had his passport ready for inspection.

We filed a claim for the baggage and drove two hours–halfway to our new home in Cruz–to the university city of Coimbra, and spent the night, arriving at our final destination the following afternoon (as did our suitcases). We made use of the lovely setting to recuperate.

The transition has been fairly smooth; we’ve stayed current on news via both the Internet and television.

While we miss Whole Foods, there are plenty of grocery shopping choices, and we’ve had deliveries of organic produce and farm fresh eggs from the people who own the property on which our stone cottage sits. Local restaurants offer inexpensive meals, and wonderful wines sell for the equivalent of four dollars a bottle. I’ve discovered some other important shopping is available in the nearby city of Braga.

All in all, we’ve been made to feel quite welcome here. As the saying goes, life is good.

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About Tricia Pimental

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tricia Pimental's second memoir, A Movable Marriage, has received 5 Star reviews from both Epic Book Quest and Readers' Favorite. It's available on Amazon in both Kindle (amzn.to/1RtRBwp) and print (amzn.to/1OiGlUU) versions. She is also the author of two Royal Palm Literary Award Competition-honored books: Rabbit Trail: How a Former Playboy Bunny Found Her Way, and Slippery Slopes. Other work has appeared in International Living Magazine; A Janela, the quarterly magazine of International Women in Portugal; and anthologies compiled by the Florida Writers Association and the National League of American Pen Women. A member of the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and a former Toastmaster, Ms. Pimental resides in Portugal. She can be reached at www.triciapimental.com and on Twitter @Tricialafille.
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7 Responses to “Bem-vindos” to Portugal

  1. Ant Knee..... says:

    Sue and Vic are leaving on a cruise from london to Portugal next wk ….will try to find out some more info …..have fun …….

  2. Ninette Bravo says:

    So happy to know you all arrived safely. You got me thinking if I need to get Zeus a passport 🙂

  3. But, but, but . . . you haven’t told us what drew you so far away from us; whether you’re ever coming back; what new income-producing, adventurous endeavor you have chosen (wine production? ~ another book? ~ creating a retirement home/assisted living quarters for former Playboy bunnies?).

    I’ve been invited as a featured author to give a reading at the Marin Historical Museum’s “Behind the Badge” series in a couple of months. Whoopee!

    Enjoy, rejoice!

    Weldon (and Irene)

    • Well, well, well…looking to stretch our budget and at the same time see more of Europe; visiting L.A. in December, and only have a six-month lease here; have two more books lined up (Keith still has his job); it’s enough to provide living quarters for a Maltese.

      Yes, I did read and reply about your reading, and forwarded it to a friend who lives in the area. That is SO exciting. XO to you and Irene.

  4. Rr says:

    Never heard of a pet passport. Is it necessary? Too cute!!!

    Lynne Buckie Baker

    • We got it last year when we arrived in Nice. It’s not required if you’re staying within one country (and perhaps even more), but it supposedly helps when traveling through Schengen countries. Since we were covering 11 countries on that trip, we didn’t want any glitches.

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