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Summer break report (week 4) – Smashed it!

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    After the unbearable heatwave of last week we finally set off on our road trip adventure in Portugal.   The Road Trip Actually, it was more of a mini road trip. We had intended to cover more geographic areas and to visit family around Portugal but as this was our last week, time was limited. We had intended to …

Summer break report (week 3) – delayed by the heatwave

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    Our third week in Portugal brought with it an infernal heatwave and some of the highest temperatures in Europe on record, which affected our plans for the rest of the holiday… Read on to see how was our third week visiting Portugal. This post includes affiliate links, marked with *. See disclaimer for details. Farewell We had to say farewell …

Summer break report (week 2) – exceeding expectations

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    I can’t believe we’re halfway through our time in Portugal already! In week 2 we’ve been leisurely enjoying life in Lisbon. See what we’ve been up to and how the girls have been getting on in relation to their language learning. Party time  We had a 5th birthday party for Sophia in London before we left and promised …

Happy girl sitting at the teable ready for one of many meals with her cousins

Summer break report (week 1) – great hopes and expectations

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    We’re now in Portugal, where I’m from – though at this point I’ve spent as much time living in the UK as I have in Portugal. As mentioned in this post, I was looking forward to this long summer holiday and had great hopes and expectations for this trip. In that post, I also encouraged any parents raising …

I’m no flag waver but…it’s the World Cup!

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      It’s Football World Cup season and whether you like football or not, it’s a good opportunity to connect with your culture and to get your kids involved. International competitions like this bring national identity and pride out of people. I usually don’t watch football but international competitions bring the aficionada in me. Just yesterday I found myself …

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The joy of popular festivities in Portugal and beyond

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    June is a much-anticipated event across Portugal, especially in Lisbon and Porto, the two largest cities which are taken over by the Popular Saints (Santos Populares) festivities that make them feel like a big, giant neighborhood party. If you ever visited Lisbon or Porto during the month of June, in particular between 13 to 29 June, it’s unlikely …