PORTUGAL BUCKET LIST
OBVIOUSLY MOST OF THESE WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL OUR CURRENT SITUATION AND STATE OF EMERGENCY (LOCK DOWN) HAS CEASED BUT IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE A DREAM. I HAVE HIGHLIGHTED IN BOLD THE ONES I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED.
IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:
Become proficient in the Portuguese language.
Join Portuguese face to face lessons at a local school.
The Dão valley and complete The Caminho do Dão nature pilgrimage trail.
Bee keeping course and become a beekeeper.
Renewable energy source – explore solar power panels.
Renovate the old tiny garden ruin into a chicken coop and build a run so we can get Helen’s happy hens.
Keep Chickens so we can have fresh eggs daily.
Attend a local Portuguese church ceremony.
Complete weekly 5km jog without having to walk the 2 hills – jog the whole route – this is NEVER gonna happen (ha ha). So I have amended it to: Increase weekly jog to X5 weekly jogs per week, stopping when needed to rest on old ruins and taking in the scenery and looking at Portuguese farmers huge vegetables and walking a couple of steep hills especially when it’s over 30 in heat.
Build a stone BBQ outdoors.
Surfing in Nazaré.
Visit Serra da Estrela natural park – hiking up mountains, visit the Torre and Covão dos Conchos.
Visit Peneda-Gerês National Park.
Lisbon city self walking tour.
Coimbra city self walking tour.
Porto city self walking tour.
Visit Aveiro (the Venice of Portugal).
Visit Sintra and the famous palaces because I am a princess disguised as a middle aged housewife!
Visit a salt water pool.
Cross the boarder into Spain for a day trip/long weekend.
Grow melons from seed – if the slugs don’t get them first!
Foster or adopt a dog.
Transport Milo the bunny safely from UK to Portugal.
Experience our first Christmas in Portugal with the children.
Skiing in the Serra da Estrela mountains at Christmas.
Buy and plant a lemon tree in my garden.
Buy and plant a cherry tree in my garden.
Make fig jam with all the figs from our tree (if they don’t all drop off onto the ground and the birds don’t eat them all).
Make other jams, marmalades, preserves and curds. I made orange marmalade, lemon marmalade and lemon curd – bloody delicious!
Cook and sample a traditional Bacalhau (salted cod fish) recipe from home and a Portuguese dessert. This is game on as it is our anniversary soon and we cannot go out to a restaurant so I have purchased all the ingredients needed to make a traditional home cooked Portuguese main meal with balcalhau followed by Arroz Doce (Portuguese rice pudding) which is made with multiple egg yolks. I will use the egg whites to make coconut macaroons if I have the energy. If it turns out a disaster we can always go to the bar – the bar in the corner of our lounge! White wine anyone?
A day trip to local attractions: Piódão and Fraga da Pena (waterfall).
Visit Tomar to include Castle and convent.
Visit Braga and Guimarães.
Loriga river beach.
Poço da Broca river beach & waterfall.
Visit as many of the 200 river beaches that I can.
Spend my daughter’s 18th birthday with her in Portugal.
Quinta do Pôpa, Douro Valley wine tasting & private picnic, Casal de Loivos viewpoint & village of Pinhão.
Visit Figueira da Foz.
Attend a festival and dance with the locals.
Get a part time job once I’ve mastered the language.
Not to scream at snakes.
Learn to drive here and become a more confident driver so I can venture out on my own.
Fully stock the bar in the lounge – still haven’t done this yet!
Buy a dehydrator and dehydrate seasonal fruit, veg and petals.
Buy his and her walking boots.
Get back to my target weight of 9 stone 8 lbs.
Buy free weights and add regular short weighted strength workouts to my life.
Visit my new Facebook friends when it is safe.
A visit from my son Josh to show him our new house/life here in Portugal.
Re visit Douro Valley and stay overnight in a converted wine barrel overlooking a vineyard.
Watch a sunset on a beach.
Go wild swimming.
Make our Portuguese Wills with Notary.
Go on a really long hike wearing new walking boots.
Visit the Chapel of Bones (Évora).
Visit the Paiva river boardwalk pathway in Arouca and walk both ways.