Playing the lottery is exciting for me but more about that later when I know the exact amount I have won. Now who would guess that the above picture was taken right here in Portugal ? When people think of Portugal they think of the sunniest part of Europe with great beaches, great food, great wine and great people. But not so far northeast of here lies an area called Serra da Estrela, an area of mountains, forests and lakes. It seems like Portugal has everything for everybody. But what we do have right now is a severe drought and the government is asking its citizens to use as little water as possible. We’ve had some showers in the past couple of days but that’s just a drop in the ocean and we need a lot of rainfall this winter to get those reservoirs topped up again.
I’ve just checked online and seen that my three winning numbers will pay me €4.08 so it’s hardly going to change my life but it does make playing a bit exciting. Maybe one day I will get a big prize.
Yesterday afternoon a friend, Rocha, came to pick me up to view a two bedroomed apartment close to the ferry port of Cacilhas. Well I already live in Cacilhas and I wasn’t thinking of buying a new apartment but a friend of mine from Ghent in Belgium does want to buy an apartment here so I thought I’d take a look around to see what was on offer. It turned out that the apartment was €120,000 and more than Vincent is willing to pay but it was interesting to see this apartment for sale. After viewing the place we dropped into a place next door, an old Portuguese grocery store complete with tables, chairs and locals drinking coffee and chatting. It was very much how I imagined a general store in the wild west, 150 years ago. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience because I’ve never seen anything like it before.