Life with the Locals, Portuguese Style

Vendors in their stalls sell pork, salted cod, jam, and pastries arrayed on wooden tables draped with colorful cloths. They pour wine from fat jugs wrapped in white wicker as impromptu karaoke stars grab the microphone, and the pungent aroma of smoke arises from a chestnut cart in the square. This past weekend, the town of Famalicão hosted its annual agricultural fair. We were astonished at the size of the cattle, seemingly all the larger in contrast to other animals. We won’t soon forget the day, because for all its apparent simplicity, there was a tapestry of culture woven around and through the event. It was impossible to miss. A sense of underlying purpose–the shared meals and lives and history–was palpable. What made it all the more moving was the warmhearted and welcoming spirit of the people toward “foreigners”. Sitting at a picnic bench for lunch, we became one of them. It was a marvelous way to enter into autumn, and into this country of many riches.


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 ( and print ( 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 and on Twitter @Tricialafille.
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