If I feared moving to the countryside might be boring, I was wrong. It seems there is a fair, celebration, or “espectáculo” in the works somewhere on any given weekend (or weekday, for that matter). Most recently we caught an event in Braga, and once again it was all about the colors, sounds, and scents. Whether it was a dance troupe, a band, or a demonstration of wine harvesting, wheat threshing, or wool preparation, it was a feast for the senses.
Unfortunately it was unclear if this was a harvest festival, history lesson (some participants dressed as ancient Celts), a commemoration of the young–Braga was designated the European Youth Capital for 2012–or something else. We’ll ask the reason for the excitement next time, in our fledgling Portuguese. In the meantime, well, frankly…we didn’t care. Sometimes it’s just about being there.