On a warm winter’s day.
In anticipation of my trip to Portugal in November, here are 5 fun facts about Portugal that you might not know:
- Marmalade is the Portuguese word for quince jam. The word for quince in Portuguese is Marmelo and the jam you make with it is Marmelada.
- The Ukulele is a Portuguese instrument in its origins. Portuguese emigrants introduced this Instrument to the Hawaiian culture in 1880s, influenced by the Cavaquinho a similar instrument popular in Madeira (one of the Portuguese islands).
- In some Arab countries, Persia and Greece the word for Orange is very similar to the word Portugal – this is because it is believed that the Portuguese were the ones who introduced Oranges (originally from China) to these Mediterranean countries.
- It was a Portuguese queen (Catarina de Bragança) who married the English king Charles II that introduced the habit of drinking tea to the English Royal Court.
- The Portuguese eat more fish and shell fish per capita than any other country in the world – not sure if this is 100% true but, yeah, the Portuguese like their fish a lot 🙂
This is a challenge I could not resist.
I also leave you with a poem by Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen – O Mar – The Sea (Only in Portuguese. I will not attempt to translate it…sorry! if you can’t understand Portuguese, trust me its beautiful :))
Mar, metade da minha alma é feita de maresiaPois é pela mesma inquietação e nostalgia,Que há no vasto clamor da maré cheia,Que nunca nenhum bem me satisfez.E é porque as tuas ondas desfeitas pela areiaMais fortes se levantam outra vez,Que após cada queda caminho para a vida,Por uma nova ilusão entontecida.E se vou dizendo aos astros o meu malÉ porque também tu revoltado e teatralFazes soar a tua dor pelas alturas.E se antes de tudo odeio e fujoO que é impuro, profano e sujo,É só porque as tuas ondas são puras.
It makes me happy to look back at these pictures.
Happy week everyone!!!!
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