The Azores – A Subtropical Paradise in Europe

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…

Why You Need a Good Poker Face …

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…

A Sailor’s Guide to Terceira

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Cloud Islands: Volcanoes in the Ocean

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…

A Return to Terceira – Sailing Home

I feel like I haven’t been away. The painted shutters on windows, the low stone walls, the dairy cows, the sparrows. She stands where I left her. I left her.…

The Sun also Sets: Dancing with Bulls …

[This is an excerpt from my travel memoir, In Bed with the Atlantic…] I’d been excited about seeing the famous tourada à corda (literally bull on rope) because, unlike Portuguese…