Getting better slowly. Fish & chips for lunch today.

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NSC and my friend Pia in Lisbon

It was great to have both my friend Pia and NSC here at the same time. Pia’s flight from Zurich was delayed by 3 hours 20 minutes and she finally arrived about 7 pm.  NSC came up from his workplace in the south of Portugal by bus and arrived about 9:15 pm. A Nepalese dinner was waiting and a bottle of great Portuguese ice cold sparkling wine. We ate late, about 10:30 pm, after lots of chat and laughter.

Yesterday I suddenly became ill. I had all the usual flu symptoms but now I’ve realised that  it wasn’t flu because I’m already on the mend after just 24 hours. My skin was burning and my whole body was hurting. I was sweating for many hours and just wanted to sleep all the time yesterday. I’ve been checking for the most likely sickness on the internet and it seems like I had sunstroke or heat exhaustion with dehydration.  Anyway I’m still not recovered but I’m far better than yesterday and actually feel like eating today. Over the past week I know I’ve been pushing my body to its limit in these high temperatures. Climbing up and down these hills in 30c to 36c is sure no fun and at home there is no airconditioning to cool off. I just have to use my table fan to try to keep cool.

About an hour ago I saw NSC take a large red fish from the freezer so it’s defrosting now and I think he will make fish & chips with salad for lunch today.  Red fish is my favourite and I LOVE fish & chips so lunch is going to be great today I think.

Well I  want to go back to bed now because I am getting sweaty again, sitting here. Tomorrow I hope I will be back to normal because I need to go out to several places.


A day in the life of Dai

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Looking across the estuary from Lapa

Greetings from sunny (and hot) Lisbon.  Life is really great recently except that there aren’t enough hours in the day. I was wondering what I’d do after the Olympics on TV  but it is no problem at all. My problem is always how can I get the time to do everything I want.

Many people ask me what I find to do all day long. I’m never really sure how to answer them because of course it’s not just one or two things we do daily but many hundreds of small things which can make our day really busy.

So here are the events which made up my day yesterday. I will omit most of the very small things

5:04 am    Woke up after an intense but not bad dream. My first thought on waking up is tea. I love tea and mostly start my day with a large mug of sweet tea with soya milk.

5:19 am  Online of course. Every morning I have to wade through hundreds of facebook notifications but I delete most of the stuff and watch out for any personal or important things. In the past few weeks I’ve been having problems with my WordPress account and so haven’t been receiving notifications. I think (and hope) I’ve now solved this problem and can be notified of my friends’ blogs again. It took me off and on, eighteen hours of frustration to solve this problem.

7 am     Breakfast of porridge with cinnamon, ground ginger, soya milk and chopped fruit. Washed dishes. Packed the garbage ready to throw in the container. Read some WordPress blogs. Took a bag of fruit down to a neighbour.

8:07 am    Had a shower and shave. made a list of things to do. Without a list I usually forget most things. I’ve entered a supermarket several times without knowing what I wanted to get. That’s old age I guess.

9 am approx    Walked down to the nearest bus top and caught Bus 706 to Cais do Sodre metro station. It was already too hot for me but the bus was airconditioned. Took metro train to Martim Moniz.  Train was packed and very unpleasant inside.

9:25 am    Arrived at the barber shop. The salon is run by local Bangladeshis and they charge only five Euros for a cut. I much prefer that to paying 12 to 14 Euros at a fancy Portuguese salon. The barber knows me well and how I want my hair cut. I felt fantastic after losing all that hair.

10:10 am approx    Walked to a Chinese supermarket in Martim Moniz.  Bought a bunch a celery, some Guangdong chilli sauce, half a kilo of monosodium glutamate and a kilo of cold tofu.

11 am approx    Back to Martim Moniz shopping centre where I got another door key cut for NSC. He was missing one key but finally I remembered to cut one for him. The key was for a rarely used door but just in case. The metro train coming back was ridiculously packed and it was difficult for the doors to close on the crowds of passengers.

Noon approx     It was a big relief to get back home and I drank some glasses of cold water and flopped on my bed in front of the fan. I decided to cancel all plans to walk  up to a nearby supermarket for bread and more chick peas. In case you are wondering what I do with the chick peas,  I make my own hummus. I eat a lot of hummus and have made up my own favourite recipe which includes turmeric and ground pumpkin seeds. I even make the tahini paste myself these days. It’s really easy and saves paying €5 for a small jar every time.

12:30 pm   Made lunch. Mashed potatoes with dal,  canned tuna fish,  tomatoes and raw organic spinach. It may sound disgusting but I love this fast meal.  Watched the news and some other programme on TV. Washed dishes and made a pot of hummus and seven glasses of yogurt.

2:30 pm     It was horribly hot so I decided to have a siesta in front of the fan. I woke up about two and a half hours later, about 5 pm, feeling thirsty again. I made a large mug of tea and also a bowl of yogurt with mango and honey.

5:15 pm     I watched my favourite programme on TV. It is called House Hunters International.  It shows every day from Monday to Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm but there are many adverts. I hate those adverts.

From 8 pm till about 10 pm I was online, reading posts and making comments. I slept about 10 pm and had a terrific sleep until about 4:50 am today.

Tomorrow Kumar will arrive about 10 pm, by train, metro and bus, from the south of Portugal.  I’ll have dinner ready, no doubt helped by Pia.  Pia is from Vienna in Austria and she will arrive in Lisbon Airport tomorrow at 3:35 pm via Zurich.

Well that’s it. All my boring news for today.

Update, 6 pm 24th August 2016.  Pia’s flight was delayed by over three hours so she’ll get here around 8 pm and then we have to wait for Kumar’s arrival at about 9 pm.