Lots of fun driving around and looking at nature and all things Portugal. Great area to explore here. We saw a field of beautiful honey-colored sheep being tended by a few shepherds and several large dogs. One shepherd was sitting on the ground with little golden lambs all around him. There is actually a shepherd school in Spain where you learn the trade… this craft, funded by the government, has been leading people back into farming especially in the rural areas of Portugal where people left years ago. And it is essential for their fire abatement and health of the countryside.
I’ve felt my first real frustration at not being able to speak Portuguese when I can’t chat with people whose voices I’d like to hear. Like the farmers and shepherds. Learning the language is coming along, though.
Donny managed to have a great conversation the other day with a man who spoke absolutely no English. We were in a little square with Stella and the guy was admiring Stella and then he got out his phone and showed Donny a photo of his dog. A big dog.
“Labrador,” the man said.
When you hit on a shared word it starts the spark. “Oh, yes,” Donny said. “Labrador.”
Then Donny pointed at Stella and said, “From California.”
Great connection on that word.
“Oh, California,” the man said. “Similar Portugal.”
“Yes,” Donny said.
“Similar para o clima,” the man said spreading his arms.
“Yes, very similar climate.”
And they both pointed to the sky.
And their conversation continued. Donny learned that this man is from Lisbon and is thinking of moving further south. To the Algarve, hasn’t decided yet on what town.
They wished each other well and Donny used our favorite word in Portugal, “Igualmente,” Which means… just that… equally, the same, I agree, likewise.
Nice to meet you…. Prazer em conhece.