Last week I went to visit my family in Portugal after 8 long months without seeing them face to face. The older I get the more I appreciate family time. This time it was no different, I had been really missing the homeland – one of the biggest downsides of living in a different country to your family.
I had been missing the sun, the sand, the sea, the food, the hugs, the laughs, the language, the coffee, my dog.
I took my boyfriend with me as we were both needing a break from work. Tom had already been to Portugal with me once. That time I wanted to show him all of the tourist bits and where I used to spend the summer months. But this time around I wanted to show him more of our “day-to-day” life. From breakfast at the coffee shops, local beaches, to our favourite “cervejaria” and seafood spots.
This time we also didn’t visit Lisbon or went climbing. Instead, we had a surfing lesson with some family friends, drove around the Colares’ beaches and hiked Sintra to visit the Palacio da Pena and Castelo dos Mouros.
We had the most lovely few days with home-cooked food and family. I got to experience all of the things I’d missed and it was hard to say goodbye. Probably one of the hardest goodbyes since the very first.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to be back there in December for Christmas, more hugs, more food and more laughs.