Meeting the locals
I love Portugal and the stage from Fornos to Mealhada was no different. Two elderly neighbours were sitting on the edge of the street outside their homes chatting and watching the world go by. We smiled and exchanged greetings. They happily obliged when asked if I could take their photos. And then thanked me!
Friendliness is everywhere
People in the rural areas are friendly, giving of their time and themselves. We passed a small plot where a man wearing a bright red hat was ploughing his land. We heard him call loudly to us above the sound of the tractor. He gave a big wave and a thumbs up wishing us well on our journey. Commonly, the usual “Bom Dia” is followed by “Bom Viaje” (good journey). On answering “Si” when asked if we’re going to Santiago they add a sentence or two in Portuguese which we unfortunately don’t understand.
I love the fact that our path takes us through villages where connection with the land is so evident. People tending their land. Tractors passing us in the street, parked on the side of the road or in garages and of course working the fields.
It is Fiesta time
Last weekend was a day for celebration in many villages. Strings of paper flowers and streamers decorated streets, the local chapel often the focus.
Today I saw not one but a whole row of the biggest pumpkins I have ever seen!
And more pretty tiles at front doors.
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