We drove to Jorge’s sister’s house in Salvaterra dos Magos. about an hour east-ish of here. There was the 5 of us, Tia Lisa, her sons Pedro and Miguel, Jorge’s and Lisa’s mother Leonor, and Miguel’s fiancee Isabel. Kale’a, being the only grandchild so far, was spoiled with some presents and lots of play time with Isabel–more puppies, even! There was no shortage of food, including I think 6 desserts (unfortunately my belly was not feeling well, but I was able to enjoy and partake). After lunch Bruno took his drum out to the old praca dos toros that is part of the land; I hung out with him and said hi to the horse, who tried to nip me. A bit later, the horse and the various dogs started a chasing ‘game’, where they would take turns going after one another, in seeming seriousness.
After lunch and meeting the horse, Teresa and I went for a walk through town. There is a falconry there, which was not open, but we sat in front of it for a while and chatted, enjoying the sunshine. I took some pictures of little houses and azulejos (Portuguese painted titles) that I liked along the way.
The Monday after Easter Teresa, Kale’a and I crossed the Rio Tejo in Lisboa to go to the beach in Caparica. As you can see in the pictures, Lisboa has a sister bridge to the Golden Gate in San Francisco, the Ponte 25 de Abril! The waves are much gentler in Caparica, so Kale’a and I got our wetsuits on and got in! If you want to see utter happiness, you have to see Kale’a’s face when she gets in the water. Pure water baby. She caught some little waves, and got caught on the head by the waves. She looked a bit confused but that didn’t stop her. I went for a run–which is my favorite because I get all hot and sweaty and get to jump in the water.
The Tuesday after that, we went further south into the Alentejo. We took a ferry in Setubal–it was Kale’a’s second time on a ferry, but the first time she remembered (the 1st time was in Seattle with Molly when she was 1.5). The coast is beautiful, green and full of wildflowers speckling the fields with color. We stopped at two different beaches; the second one we had all to ourselves!
A few weeks ago we met the lovely folks from Maternar:
We immediately hit it off, and ended up inviting them to spend an afternoon with us (most of them live in Lisboa). We had a lot of fun hanging out in the sunshine, eating yummy food and playing with the babies.
Happy Spring everyone!