Today marks our 42nd day of living in lockdown in Ferragudo, Portugal. And it ain’t bad at all!
Of course, Not everyday includes mimosas like in the photos below which were taken on Easter Sunday, but we have settled into a routine of sorts.
A normal day consists of the following;
8:00 a.m. – Rise and shine. Wander downstairs, make coffee, watch CNN or BBC World News then turn it off when it gets too depressing or there are too many clips of Trump. Check our overnight email.
OR… if it’s Friday or Saturday, we throw on our clothes and rush to the fresh fish market which is only open on these two days of the week between 8-10 a.m. We have gotten delicious tuna steaks and sea bream from here, and we can special order shrimp.
9:00 a.m. – Wander into the the kitchen and enjoy a breakfast of eggs and bacon, or granola topped with choices of fresh fruit, or avocado toast or a frittata or omelette or whatever we can think up to start the day.
10:00 – Shower and try and decide what clothes I hate less to put on and wear today. You’ve got to realize that I have been wearing the same clothes now since I left the States on January 14th. Not only are they winter-weather clothes, but now I truly HATE THEM! With no stores open to buy anything new, I’ve taken to removing the turtle portion of the turtlenecks and cutting off 1/2 of the long sleeves. My tights will soon become capris!
11:00 – Off for our daily walk. We try to walk at least 40-minutes each day and have set routes now that take us up steep hills, across the beach or circle the village via the cobblestone streets, always on the lookout for new murals or tiles, a bougainvillea archway or another view of our neighborhood castle for new photo ops. This time could also include a walk to the closest big grocery store, Lidl, with our pully-cart in tow for a big-shop. And yes, we must queue to enter the store and have hand-sanitizer and our masks with us to use and wear.
12:00pm – Lunch time! Sandwiches of grilled ham and cheese or BLTs with huge, ripe tomatoes, soup (Joyce made homemade tomato/basil yesterday) or leftovers.
1:00 – 5:00pm – Read, write, nap, make calls to the States (as friends and family are now awake ), work in the garden…..
5:00pm – Toddy Time! with a few nibbles to enjoy along with.
6:00 – 8:00 pm. – Dinner time. Time to prepare and enjoy our evening meal. It can be anything from fresh grilled fish to pasta and shrimp, roasted chicken, steak, hamburger and fries, or one of Joyce’s vegetarian specialties all accompanied by fresh vegetables and/or a salad. Joyce loves sweets so a scoop of ice cream for dessert is not unusual.
8:00 – 10:00pm – After we have cleaned up the kitchen and turned on the dishwasher, we put on our jammies and settle down in front of my little 13″ Mac Air to watch a Prime Video, Netflix or Acorn movie or program. So far we have really enjoyed Unorthodox, Bosch, The English Game, Deadwater Fell, Vera, Brokenwood Mysteries and Making the Cut. Being from Chicago, I was thrilled when I found out I could watch ESPN’s The Last Dance on Netflix, all about the last season and 6th NBA Championship of my Chicago Bulls.
10:00 pm – 8:00 a.m. – We both end our days with about 30 minutes of reading before saying good-night to another day in lockdown. The god-awful flocks of seagulls wake us each morning with their horrid screeching and loud squawking! Joyce gets it the worse as they seem to love her balcony where I get the church bells that start toiling and boinging each day at 7:00 a.m.
We really can’t complain about our life here, though it can be a wee bit boring. Portugal is still in lockdown. You can only venture outside to go to the grocery store, pharmacy, hospital, or take a short walk with no more than 2 people. But whatever food and goods we’ve wanted or needed, we’ve found. Wine is plentiful and cheap and the people we do interact with have all been wonderful!
So here we will stay. Right now all of Portugal remains in lockdown until May 2nd when, we have heard that, perhaps some of the smaller stores may reopen. (Clothes!!) Restaurants may get to start reopening May 18th for other than take-out orders. The airports are still closed to incoming flights, and the borders to all but citizens. I talked to American Airlines this week, and they are still thinking maybe mid-May for a return of some international flights. TAP, the Portuguese airline, says it will start flying into NYC on May 8th – maybe.
Joyce has invited me to return to Atlanta and stay with her until we find out how Mexico is surviving the virus and when it would be a good time for me to return. But hers is the moronic governor that opened his state’s tattoo parlors, beauty salons, massage parlors, and gyms plus those much-needed bowling alleys this weekend. We and anyone else with brains believes because of his idiocy there will be a resurgence of the COVID-19 cases in Georgia…so here we will stay. Our Schengen Visas have been extended and are good until June 30th so we have plenty of time to see how this all plays out.
Until next time… please stay home, stay safe and stay well!