Everybody Loves a Parade

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.

Braga Vineyard Float

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.


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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