Portas de Rodão

Sunny Sundays and lots of bikers.   In Portugal there appears to be a large biking community.   One of the region's towns demonstrated their presence during the Carnaval in cowboy costumes.   During today's ride-out we pass some on the road and witness a gathering in the small town that is our intended destination. …

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Little Green Demons

She sighs, hands on hips, as she gazes at a barren pot where once was a jungle of cabbages.  She'd been looking forward to seeing them reach maturity, being a variety with a local name 'Asturian cabbages'. 'All I've managed to do is make a lot of caterpillars and snails fatter.' Then a little lizard …

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In Search of the Soplao

"Where are you going, Alex?" Alex stops to catch his breath. "They call it the Soplao." Astraes, deeply impressed opens his eyes wide.  Hesitating at first, he eventually declares, "I wanna go with you." "Only pirates can go." "I wanna be a pirate.  I can be a pirate, I's Cap'n Khal." "Cap'n Khal's a girl," …

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