I first heard of the Azores around 2010. Yup, that’s true, I’d never heard of them before. I read about them in an edition of the Lonely Planet magazine and the spread was filled with photographs of glistening azure volcanic lakes and forested mountains. I had to look them up on a map, I had no idea where they were. [Read more…] about The Azores – A Subtropical Paradise in Europe
The alarm goes of at 5am and rain is tap dancing on the forehatch above me. The skipper says something to the effect of ‘front passing over – alarm for 6:30’. And I fall back asleep.
I wake up again at 6am and all is calm and quiet. I’m cosy, so cosy but I know that the later I get up, the later we’ll set off and the later we’ll arrive. I don’t like arriving in new places in the dark. I get out of bed. [Read more…] about Video Blog: Day Sailing in the Subtropics
There’s a minute bifana on the menu but we’ve walked a long way – I’m more hungry than that.
I order what I translate to be beef and rice. The Portuguese, after all, don’t eat lunch the same way we do in England.
I relax in the sun, talking with the skipper about the day and squinting at the turns gliding on the sea breeze. Take a sip of my beer. [Read more…] about Why You Need a Good Poker Face When Eating in Portugal
There’s a perpetual cloud over the mountain nearby.
It’s more than a cloud. It’s an immense white-grey pillow of damp.
It gives the vibrant green to this island, the innumerable dairy cows their grass, the people their food. [Read more…] about Cloud Islands: Volcanoes in the Ocean