Sat 31 Oct - Gramacho R&R Day 2
Quiet morning. The morning after the night before. Also it's Halloween but I didn't really notice.
I got up late at 9am and after breakfast, Åsa gave Ulf and me a lift to Carvoeiro. Ulf and I were off to do a cliff top hike east along the Atlantic coast to Benagil.
The path was well indicated with these yellow and red markers.
The very first section off Carvoeiro was on a boardwalk. Some money had been spent here as the boardwalk looked properly maintained and was very nice.
We then had lunch at a restaurant in Benagil. Ulf called Åsa who came with the car and joined us for a feed.
Ulf and Åsa had an appointment to check out an apartment back in Carvoeiro as a potential property investment but it was time enough beforehand for a visit to a supermarket.
Here is Ulf shopping the absolutely essentials as Ulf and I drank the house dry of beer last night.
Dourado in Portuguese means golden.
Later, Åsa prepared dinner for us. Lovely grilled shrimps with chili and parsley as an entree.
For a main, she did something that was called tortilla lasagna (she showed me the recipe) which didn't make sense. Tortilla of course is the Spanish word for omelette and the sheets in this lasagna dish were of a corn.
With pieces of chicken inside, the dish looked like a lasagna but tasted distinctly Mexican. It was very tasty.
Ulf had some problems with his lower back. In Portugal, on a Saturday, you just call your Masseur and ask for a house visit. So Saturday evening at 7.30pm the Masseur arrived and worked on Ulf for an
hour. Try to get that in Australia. Ha!
Later, we watched a Swedish tv-program called "Så mycket bättre", translated into "So much better" in English.
The idea of the tv-program was that you took a famous Swedish musical artist with some back catalogue of songs. You then let a bunch of other Swedish musical artists select one song each, interpret it and sing it in front of the others.
Between the songs, there were interviews with all involved and filmed interactions between them all. A kind of friendlier version of Big Brother.
The program concept was all new to me.
My problem was that I never heard of the main artist Miriam Bryant before. Never have I heard of any of the "interpreters".
I also found that the language of several of the artists was very poor. Lots of swearing and redundant words.
Still, the program was oddly fascinating and I watched it for the full hour or so with Ulf and Åsa who are fans.
By 10.30pm the day had ran its course for all 3 of us and we all retired.