I want to return to Portugal. There was a lot I didn’t see or experience. It’s a beautiful country with wonderful people. This trip was fantastic, yet weird in a way. It’s hard to say I was traveling for nine days when three of those were throwing a party. However, that multi-day party was terrific. I am so grateful we have the means to have friends from all over the globe meet and enjoy each other. As I get older, I realize how much my memory is fading, but the things that stick with me are shared meals with friends, the grateful and kind toasts, and the conversations you only make time for when traveling. It’s sharing time and space with the people you love that make a permanent imprint on my mind, and though I enjoy many other things in this world, all of that seems ephemeral compared to those moments.
Oh, we finally did try a bifana. We had it near the beach house at a cafe called Lusos Magoito in Parque de Merendas do Magoito. It’s nothing special. Our cheesesteak has nothing to worry about.