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Starting a new year!

Hello from Lisbon!

Well, we're off to a new year - and for me, a new lockdown. The Covid numbers in Portugal have risen, and one of the challenges for a smaller country, is a smaller (and overwhelmed) hospital system. So here we are, with everything closed except essential stores. The lockdown is supposed to last until March 1st, so my fingers are crossed that we'll turn things around. I must say, if I'm going to be locked down, there's no place I'd rather be than in the beautiful country of Portugal. In the meantime, I'm going to try and keep living my best life!

Ocean Vibes

As I've mentioned before, a couple things I love about being in Lisbon is the ocean and nice weather. This makes lockdown much more bearable, and fortunately we are allowed to go outside. This photo was actually taken in Cascais, about 40 minutes from Lisbon by train. I'll share more about this little seaside gem on the Portugese Riviera next month!

New Photos

I had a great time on a photoshoot by Jorge Albuquerque, who in addition to being a great photographer is also a well-known Portugese actor! We found several scenic spots in Lisbon (which is not hard to do) to take some photos. He's a very talented guy and we had so much fun - and I was really happy with the pictures he took!

Castle of the Moors

I did manage to do some exploring in January, and headed to Sintra, Portugal - a 45 minute train ride. Once there, you can hike up a pretty steep hill and see the Castle of the Moors! The hike up takes about an hour and the view at the top is well worth the climb!


Even though we're locked down, the good news is that I am staying here in Lisbon until May! I met with the immigration and borders service and completed all the necessary paperwork to stay longer than my allowed 90 days.

Here's the way I look at it: I had an incredibly wonderful Christmas and New Years. Everything was open (except for the curfew during the afternoon and evenings on the weekends) - and I attended a few holiday dinner parties (Covid-safe) and spent New Years eve and day with some new friends. The streets were beautifully lit and it was a holiday season I'll never forget.

However, things have changed. Almost one year ago, I went through this same thing in Croatia. I found a way to adjust, and best of all, learned more about surrendering and being at peace with whatever is going on. I just have to roll with it and trust that everything is working out for my greater good. And I'll look back on this time at some point and it will make much more sense than it does right now. Isn't that the way life works?

Thanks for following along! Stay safe and healthy everyone!



Bob Tapper


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