Those bone dry winter months and mild temperatures are not what we have been experiencing here in Portugal. When we first arrived it was COLD!
We bundled up and went out adventuring anyway but…….. our house which is kept warm only by small space heaters was always on the ‘chilly’ side. It reminded us of the winter months in Hong Kong where none of the buildings were heated either.
Eventually it warmed up enough so we were able to go hiking and golfing in the sunshine. Then this week the rains came. The Algarve is experiencing unusual amounts of rain.
On Monday Dave and Rudy got pretty much soaked during their golf round. Tuesday night our power went out and we found our way around using the lights from our cell phones and computers as we got ready for bed. We found out later much of the community of Praia da Luz had been without power.
Wednesday morning when our friend Rudy left to go back to Canada it was pouring. After saying good-bye to him in the early morning hours we noticed there was a virtual lake covering half of our diningroom floor. Water had seeped in under the patio doors. We tried putting towels along the door frame but they were soon wringing wet. A repairman came later in the morning to fix the problem and the housekeeper came to mop up and bring us dry towels.
We went out for a little walk when the sun reappeared briefly. The ocean had big waves and it wasn’t long before thunder was cracking and it started to rain again.
Those are the chances you take when you travel and we have been traveling enough that we know we can still have a good time despite the weather. But the warm sunshine and bone dry conditions the travel guide brags about sure would be nice!