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At Serra da Estrela ski resort - continental Portugal!s highest peak

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Inside this issue

Winter 2014

4 Leadership & Administration


IWP Membership Form

6 Letter from the President


Alvito Trip by Flávia Soares

8 A Special Welcome New Members


“Adventures in China”


“I WAS THERE” Women!s fight for equal pay at UK Ford Factory


Meet our new Members

a continuing series by Flávia Soares

by Chris Rola

12 “The Magical Charm of WIGILIA -


Brain teaser by Manuela Lamers

14 “Immortal Love, Romeo and


“The Second Life of Cats”

16 “All About Chanukah-Hanukkah”


Photos: Cats & Hippo trip


“Visit to Cercica” by Jackie Kennard

20 “Exotic Birds in Cascais”


“Two tours in One: Museum & Sao Roque Church” by Chris Rola

22 “Historic Villages of Portugal”


IWP Readers Book Reviews

Polish Christmas Eve”

by Ewa Radecka Mundinger

Juliet in Portugal” by Yeoni Chung by Raizel Rosenfeld

18 “IWP!s Outing to Mira d!Aire Caves & Almoural” by Carole

by Carole Beranek


by Manuela Lamers

Part One by Carmo Loureiro

by Chris Rola

26 “IWP!s guided tour of Hospital


Fala Português?

30 “On the Rota Vicentina Trail”


IWP Activities

32 Photos: IWP Open Day and


Advertise in A Janela

Sant!Ana” by Jackie de Oliveria by Rosemary Mellhan

Breast Cancer Coffee Morning

Proofreading team: Jessie Young, Jackie Kennard, Kay Baker, Yeoni Chung, Jeanine Nazareth, Flávia Soares, Carole Beranek, Louise Ross, Sara Jones, Agnes Bourhis, Manuela Lamers, Sharon Wake Editor: Tricia Marques, ajanela@iwponline.org Advertising team: Yeoni Chung and Jackie Kennard, ajanela@iwponline.org Cover Photos by:Tricia Marques, taken at Portugal’s ski resort, in Serra da Estrela

Articles or advertisements carried in this publication are not necessarily recommended by IWP or its Board. IWP members and their guests attending any event or activity do so entirely at their own risk.

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Leadership and Administration International Women in Portugal Associação de Mulheres Internacionais em Portugal Apartado 6, 2751-901 Cascais - Tel. 915 552 847 www.iwponline.org Email: office@iwponline.org Find us on Facebook: International Women in Portugal (Apartado means PO Box in English, so no more information is required) Hours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 - 14:00 Please note that our board, co-ordinator positions, activities captains, and the A Janela team, are entirely voluntary, and that any office work and phone answering is done by volunteers. IWP, International Women in Portugal, is a social and cultural non profit organisation for women of all ages and nationalities in the Lisbon/Cascais/Sintra area. Whether you have newly arrived in Portugal or are a long time resident, being a member of IWP is a marvellous way to meet people from all over the world, to make new friends and to enhance your life in this wonderful country.

IWP Executive Board President Barbara Flynn president@iwponline.org

Secretary Agnes Bourhis

Treasurer Sharon Wake

Vice-President Rouxlé Stroebel vicepresident@iwponline.org

Member Designate Jeanine Nazareth

Member Representation Board

Financial Review Board

President: Chris Rola Vice-President: Axelle Mercier Vice-President: Marion Holmes

President: Rosemary Adams Vice-President: Jessie Young Vice-President: Sue Lyons


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IWP Co-ordinators

Activities Coordinator Linda Hunter activities@iwponline.org

Advertising Coordinator Yeoni Chung ajanela@iwponline.org

Billing and Invoicing Jackie Kennard iwpinvoicing@gmail.com

Event Coordinator Marsha Turner

Newcomers Melanie Praag newcomers@iwponline.org

Amigas Coordinator Ana Lozar

This position is now open. If you would like to volunteer to organize a monthly coffee morning please contact the email address below. Thanks!

This position is now open. If you would like to volunteer to organize a monthly lunch please contact the email a d d r e s s b e l o w. Thanks!

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Letter from the Welcome, As I start to write what will be my final letter, I reflect back on my time as President. The maxim “time flies when you’re having fun” is certainly true, with such a comprehensive programme of activities there was always something of interest to do and different people to meet. But first to the more recent past, September saw us exploring new ways of showcasing IWP with a new venue and a new name – the IWP Open Day was very successful, we welcomed 110 visitors, signed up 20 new members and forged a working partnership with the Centro de Convivo do Bairro do Rosário. Thanks must go once again, to the team of women who amongst other things, negotiated the venue, prepared the hall to highlight what IWP has on offer, to the multilingual Amigas who greeted visitors at the ‘Let’s Meet Café’, to the members who prepared the refreshments, to the activity captains who manned the sign up area, to the creative groups that displayed their talents, to the mums and tots group which enabled members with young children to attend, to the members collecting membership fees and to the charities we have been involved with, sharing their projects and goals. It was a noisy affair with the sound of enthusiastic women catching up after the holidays and seeing what they could get involved with in the coming months. As always with firsts, some areas need a little tweaking for the future. Thank you for the input from the captains and coordinators, your comments have been heard


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and will be used in next year’s preparation. The September coffee morning was hosted by SOS Bicesse, the recipients of our last charity drive. A group of members were given a tour of the ‘Village’ by the Director, Manuel Salvador, before meeting with one of the summer camp counselors, Luis Amorim, who gave a very insightful and enthusiastic talk about their work over the summer holidays. IWP’s donation had paid for the counselors who

run the summer camp – this is a much needed resource as it gives the young people from the village a change of scene and the opportunity to engage in some emotional and life skill challenges via team building, and it also enables the ‘Mothers’ to have an opportunity for a holiday and to catch up with their own families. Many thanks for your ongoing generosity in supporting these initiatives. Thanks to the much valued, voluntary work of several members, one of the luxuries of my term has been the generous budget. This has allowed the Board to approve subsidies for many events and activities. We have had several great trips and outings, which have enabled members to get together and enjoy things without the effort of organizing them – thanks go to Tricia Marques and Flávia Soares for their boundless enthusiasm in identifying places to visit. Read about some of them later in the magazine. I wasn’t aware, but perhaps should have guessed, that there are no endings in IWP just metamorphosing! Many members who consider standing down, step out of one role and into another. However, we do need to make some thanks to a few longstanding members who are stepping down from some very busy roles. Rosemary Adams has been involved with IWP since her arrival in Portugal, Rosemary Adams fulfilling many different roles on the board, latterly she has been known as the Charity Coffee Morning Coordinator – a title that really falls short of what the role entails. For the last six years she has encouraged members to host coffee mornings, supporting them all along the way with her car boot full of coffee cups and coffee makers which she drops it off and picks it up. In addition, she has indulged her passion for cooking by indulging us with an array of special lunches and brunches, all much appreciated. Cornelia Loureiro, our Lunch Coordinator, is also stepping down after six years of Cornelia Loureiro finding interesting gastronomic venues and, more importantly, negotiating with restaurateurs for special prices. The challenges of the recession have made this much more difficult and the decline in members opting to attend the lunches makes this a natural time to make a break – I have no doubt the new board will find something new to replace this activity. The Sintra Walks, one of IWP’s longstanding and popular activities, is also seeing a change as Kathy Bowen steps down as Activity Captain. In such a thriving group, I am sure we will be announcing a new Captain in due course.

Kathie Bowen

I would also like to comment on a couple of other things that are really the backbone of the club, one is what we euphemistically refer to as the ‘Office’, this is in fact only a virtual office, we do not have a physical office, Sharon Wake ploughs hours of her time at home keeping this going – responding to emails and phone calls. Thanks must go to the significant number of other members who support the club, bringing fresh initiatives for consideration and generously giving their time to ensure we offer a diverse and interesting programme. One only has to read the newsletter to see the number of options members have, which in addition to what is happening within IWP, has become the ‘go to’ place for what is happening in and around our community. Many thanks to Chris Rola and Kay Baker for all your time keeping us up to date. By the time you receive this edition the anticipation of the AGM will be over and we will have a new board in place to lead the club for the next two years. Thank you to those members who have put themselves forward for nomination, it will be fun and the time will fly! I wish you every success.

Barbara Flynn Outgoing IWP President Your Glimpse into the International Women in Portugal



I in IWP is for International...

Here is a special International Welcome for all our new members!

This is the basic text in English that has been translated: Olá, bem vinda a Portugal e à IWP! O meu nome é Helena e eu sou de Lisboa. Sou membro da IWP há mais de dois anos. Tenho participado em várias atividades como um clube do livro, em Lisboa, um encontro mensal numa pastelaria de Lisboa para o café da manhã, algumas visitas a museus e passeios, por vezes de um dia inteiro, de autocarro, a locais muito interessantes. Espero vê-la por lá

Hello, welcome to Portugal and welcome to IWP! My name is Louise and I am from Korumburra (1.5 hours southeast of Melbourne, Australia). I have been a member for 5 months. Thus far, the activities I have participated in are: coffee mornings, lunches, "Let's Meets", excursions, and museum trips. See your there!

!"#$%&'(& ) "*+#& "*,-) % .*#(/0$-)1, ) "*+#& "*,-) % IWP! 2*&(* )3& & .$%-)4$ ) 563 *( 7$#4$. 89 563 :-&4 4$ IWP *( (#) 0*")4). ;&'4*5()(&, % <*)(* /:$5(%$3 5$ <$=&-5/(#)4) ) 0#/>) >* #$90*%*#&4 $40-)'5<). ?& 5& %)")3 ($3! Bonjour, bienvenue au Portugal, et bienvenue a IWP! Je m'appelle Axelle, et je suis de Bruxelles mais née à New York. Je suis membre depuis 9 ans. Je participe dans les activités suivantes: golf, tennis, bridge, cafés mensuels et cafés "Let's Meets", visites de musées, déjeuners..j'espère vous y rencontrer bientôt!


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Hola, bienvenida a Portugal y al Club IWP (International Women in Portugal). Mi nombre es Ana. Soy de Madrid. Soy miembro desde hace 3 años y medio. Las actividades en las que quiero participar son bridge, "Let’s Meets", comidas mensuales, cocina internacional, excursiones, visitas a museos y golf. Espero veros pronto

Hallo, welkom in Portugal, en welkom in IWP! Mijn naam is Christine en ik ben van Hamme,België. Ik ben lid sinds mei 2013. De activiteiten waar ik aan deel neem zijn tennis, golf, Engelse en Portugese conversatie en soms ga ik mee op uitstap om iets te bezoeken in dit mooie land. Hopelijk tot binnenkort!

Hallo en welkom in Portugal, en welkom tot IWP! My naam is Rouxlé en ek is van Pretoria, Suid-Afrika. Ek is 'n lid vir al amper 3 en 'n half jaar. Ek was die redakteur van A Janela, administrateur van die IWP webwerf en het gedien op die IWP raad. Ek het ook al aan 'n mat gewerk in die Arraiolos groep. Wanneer ek kan, gaan ek saam op al die wonderlike uitstappies en toere. Sien jou daar! Hallo mijn naam is Cornelia en ik kom uit Alphen aan den Rijn. Ik ben 7 jaar lid. De aktiviteiten waaraan ik deel neem zijn: de koffieochtenden, de lunches, de excursies, museum bezoeken. Ik zie je daar.

hallo, willkommen in portugal und bei iwp! ich heisse adelheid und komme aus stuttgart. ich bin schon seit 8 jahren mitglied bei iwp. seit beginn bin ich bei der sintra walker gruppe dabei, ab und an gehe ich gerne zu den let's meet cafe treffen, den coffee mornings oder den lunches. jahrelang praktiziere ich portugiesisch, bin aber immer noch nicht perfekt! bei der arraiolos gruppe schaue ich regelmaessig vorbei und habe bald mein kissen fertig.

Witajcie w Portugalii ,witajcie w IWP! Mam na imie Ewa,jestem z Warszawy. Jestem czlonkiem od wrzesnia ubieglego roku. Biore udzial w wycieczkach,porannych spotkaniach przy kawie,grupie malarskiej, konwersacji angielskiej i portugalskiej a takze wedrowkach po gorach Sintra. Do zobaczenia!

Bun venit in Portugalia si in IWP. Eu sunt Mihaela, membra de 9 ani, particip in grupul de conversatie in portugheza, grupul de "mind, body, soul", excursii, pranzuri cu diverse teme organizate la mine acasa, unde te astept, oricand, cu drag si pe tine.

Bonjour, bienvenue au Portugal, et bienvenue à IWP ! Mon nom est Danièle et je suis Française et native d’Amiens (Somme) où j’ai vécu plus de 40 ans. Je suis membre de I.W.P depuis plus de 6 ans. Ma principale activité est la marche tous les vendredis matins… je participe également aux excursions ainsi qu’aux déjeuners. De quelque pays que vous soyez, venez nous rejoindre dans la convivialité et la sympathie ! Cordialement et à bientôt ...

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New Members!


yWelcome to our 33


Alges Anne

Cascais - continued Alcochete


Liz Hi. I’m an American recently relocated to Portugal. Dema I’m looking forward to meeting women from the Paula international Community to explore the Lisbon area with and get to know my new home and Melissa community. Sara Cascais Sarah Taeko I have lived and worked in Portugal for 5 years. I teach Art to secondary aged children. I am Christel currently on Maternity leave with my second son. Sharon Kitty Longtime expat. Retired company manager. Maria Margarida Aspiring Artist, WRVS. Ammi Esther Cheryl I’m from Madrid, I have 3 children and I am Carcavelos interested in Photography. Leanor Deborah

Estoril Newly arrived mum of baby and 5 year old. Like Yoga, golf, walking. Looking forward to meeting Lourdes people and getting involved. I am Spanish. My profession is conservator of Art Treasures. I have two sons who live in Rosete I was born in Mozambique and emigrated to South Spain. Africa in 1976. Where I was very happy and raised Vicki my daughter. I am in Portugal since 1997 and am Portuguese born but have lived in South Africia very happy here too for 45 years and now living 6 months in Portugal and 6 months in SA. Sofia I´m Colombian and have been living in Portugal for Tinna 30 years. Just relocated from 8 years in Malaysia and are really happy to be here already Karen I have joined my husband who is currently working Mafra in Lisbon. I am looking forward to making new friends and renewing old hobbies that have gone Patricia Anne astray whilst working full time in the UK. A native New Yorker I moved to Portugal 2 years Jacqueline Hello! I arrived 2 months ago and I´m living in Cascais. I´m looking forward to learning golf with the IWP.


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ago from Park City Utah. After living near Porto our family relocated to Zambujal in May. I am grateful to Bette for telling me about IWP and look forward to meeting you all soon.

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Maria Fernanda

Emma Oonagh Moved over in August with my young family. Came to portugal in April 2011, a full time mum who My husband is teaching. is also a reflexologist and holistic massage therapist.



Colleen Lesley Hello, my name is Colleen. I´ve been living in Having recently arrived from the Middle East, I am Portugal for 3 years. I recently had my son. I looking forward to exploring the portuguese culture love Art, Reading and meeting new people. and sampling the cuisine.


Paco D’Arcos Sabra I just moved to Portugal with my husband and three children at the end of July from Naples, Florida. I look forward to exploring the region, language and culture.

Nicki I have a Portuguese husband, Joe and we have 3 girls, Zara, Ruby and Darcy and though we´re not in Portugal yet IWP has already been invaluable for info and getting to know people.

Welcome to IWP! Now that you are a member of IWP, please enroll for events you wish to attend or contact the activity captain of any activity you would like to join. For help regarding IWP or settling in your new area, please contact newcomers@iwponline.org. If any member would like to contact one of our new members, please email Chris Rola, our IWP Amiga Co-ordinator, at newcomers@iwponline.org

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by Ewa Radecka-Mundinger


he night of the 24th to 25th December was

celebrated long before Christ in many civilizations of the solar cult. Christmas Eve night in Poland is called WIGILIA. It opens a new period and announces the birth of the "sun": the son of God, Jesus Christ. In Poland WIGILIA is an especially solemn celebration - concerning all aspects: time, food and peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s behavior. The signal to start the supper is not dictated by the clock, but by the appearance of the first star in the sky, which reminds us of the comet that appeared over Bethlehem to announce the birth of Christ and guide the shepherds and three kings to the stable. (Well, it is problematic when the evening is cloudy...). The celebration takes place at home where all the family members gather for the WIGILIA supper.

Oplatek-Christmas wafers The ceremony starts with OPLATEK, a thin white wafer, the symbol of the bread which Christ shared with the apostles during the last supper. Each member of the family takes a wafer and they offer it to each other, one by one, each breaking off a small piece and exchanging special best wishes for the coming year. Breaking and sharing the oplatek is so important that they even mail them to each other, even overseas, if they have loved ones afar.


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The breaking of the symbolic bread is meant to bring peace to the whole house and provide the family with enough bread for the next year. The wafer was even given to the animals on the farms, as they were present at Christâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birth. There is an old belief that the pets are able to speak at midnight with a human voice - during this one very special night, only once a year. Then the supper can begin. The table is covered with a white tablecloth under which we put some hay to remind us that Christ was born in the stable in poverty. There must always be one spare place at the table for an unexpected guest (maybe even Jesus Christ himself). This custom is connected with the old belief that the souls of dead family The empty plate...Who might members might show up for supper? come back to (Still from the film visit home on "Diabelskie szcz!"cie") this evening. The traditional menu varies according to the region, but there should be 13 kinds of dishes on the table, as there were 12 apostles and Christ. The supper is meatless! For the starters, usually there is herring prepared in several ways (cold) and other cold fish (carp). Then a soup is served, mushroom soup or red borscht (BARSZCZ) with USZKA, traditional small "pierogi"(kind of tortellini), always home made with a mushroom stuffing.

For the second course there is usually fried or baked fish (usually carp) and a dish of cabbage with mushrooms (BIGOS). There are 2 traditional Christmas cakes: MAKOWIEC (a strudel with poppy seeds) and

Although the Christmas Eve supper is meatless it must be very rich. The abundance of food on the table should bring the family prosperity for the coming year (especially dishes made from poppy seeds which symbolize wealth). After the dessert it is time for singing carols and receiving Christmas presents. If there are children, they await the arrival of St. Nicolas, bearing presents. If there are no small children in the family the presents are put under the Christmas tree (beautifully decorated with lights, colorful glass balls and chains). The ceremony lasts until midnight, when the family goes to the church to attend the special Midnight Mass.

Makowiec (above) and Piernik (right) PIERNIK (a cake made from honey, with cinnamon, ginger and other spices). There is also a dessert made out of poppy seeds with raisins and almonds, with cookies. At the end a drink called KOMPOT made from sun-dried fruits (mostly plums and apples) should be served.

The next 2 days of Christmas are also special, but cannot be compared with the magic, charm and joyful climate of the holy night of Wigilia, the Polish Christmas Eve. !

Merry Christmas

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Immortal Love ~ Romeo and Juliet in Portugal

by Yeoni Chung Meu nome é Pedro. E fui teu rei Teu nome Inês. E fôste minha. Como Inês sobre a pedra estavas nua E o meu punhal eu o enterrei No coracão da lua. Como Inês só depois foste rainha. Poem by Manuel Alegre

My name is Peter. And I was your king Your name Ines. And you were mine. As Ines on the stone you were bare And my dagger I buried it In the heart of the moon. And like Ines, only afterwards you were queen. Poem by Manuel Alegre

Two hundred and thirty-two kilometers away from Lisbon, there is a city called Coimbra, better known to us as a university city. In Coimbra you can easily find students in black attire like the ones you see in Harry Porter. Apart from Coimbra University, there are lots of sites you should check out and one of the most interesting places is “Quinta das Lágrimas” Quinta das Lágrimas (Photo from Wikipedia) Inês’s brothers became Pedro I’s friends and trusted advisors. Pedro I’s father Afonso IV disliked Inês’s influence on Pedro I and waited for their relationship to break up.

University students gathered to take a graduation photo in Coimbra In ‘Quinta das Lágrimas’, you will be able to hear about the sad and tragic love story of Pedro I and Inês. This story goes way back to the 14th century. Pedro I was betrothed to Princess Constança from Castilla (neighbouring country of Portugal, Spain), but after the marriage Pedro I fell in love with Inês, one of the ladies in waiting of Constança had brought with her, and he started to neglect his wife. This inappropriate relationship between Pedro I and Inês had endangered Portugal as


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Princess Constança died in 1345, and Afonso IV tried several times to arrange his son’s remarriage but Pedro I refused to take any others as his wife, only Inês. After the death of Princess Constança, Pedro I married Inês and lived in Quinta das Lágrimas in Coimbra. Once married, Inês’s influence over Pedro I got stronger, and Portuguese nobles were fearful of the Castillian influence over Pedro I and this created discomfort amongst them. After several failures to keep them apart, Afonso IV ordered Inês’s death while Pedro I was away hunting. Inês was killed in Quinta das Lágrimas and her blood smeared on the stone, which didn’t come off and it is still there.

If you go to the “Fonte das Lágrimas” you can see the red stones, which are believed to be the blood of Inês. When Pedro I heard of Inês’s death, he captured all the killers who were involved and executed them in public in the cruellest way. (He ripped their hearts out so that he could make them “feel” how his heart was broken)

Blood smeared rocks are shown under stream “Fonte das Lagrimas” After Afonso IV’s death in 1357, Pedro I became the King and officially declared Inês as the Queen. It is said that Pedro I exhumed Inês’s body from her grave and forced the entire court to swear allegiance to the new queen by kissing the corpse’s hand. Later she was buried in the Monastery of Alcobaça and opposite to Inês’s coffin you can see Pedro I’s coffin as well (feet-to-feet). Pedro I believed in the Last Judgment and he made their coffins face each other because Pedro I wanted them to look at each other when they rise from their graves. Both of their coffins are beautifully sculpted with scenes from their lives and engraved “até ao fim do mundo (until the end of the world)” which means their love should last forever. !

Peter allegedly had Inês de Castro's body exhumed and crowned Queen of Portugal, forcing the clergy and nobility to kiss the bones of her hands. Pierre-Charles Comte (1823-1895) Couronnement d'Inés de Castro en 1361 Date circa 1849. Current location: Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon, France

Beautifully sculptured coffins of Pedro I and Inês Your Glimpse into the International Women in Portugal


All About Chanukah-Hanukkah: By Raizel Rosenfeld, Chabad House, Lisbon, Cascais The silence of the white snow falling, the smell of delicious fried foods, the sight of the flames flickering; that is Chanukah (Hannukah) of my childhood. The view of the Menorah lit in the city center, the smell of delicious fried foods, the warm feeling of friends and acquaintances gathering around; that is Chanukah of my adulthood. What is Chanukah? What is a Menorah? And why the fried food? Chanukah is an eight day festival of light that begins on the eve of the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev (this year it corresponds to December 17-24) that celebrates the triumph of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, of spirituality over materialism. More than twenty-one centuries ago, the Holy Land was ruled by the Seleucids (Syrian-Greeks), who sought to forcefully Hellenize the people of Israel. Against all odds, a small band of faithful Jews defeated one of the mightiest armies on earth, drove the Greeks from the land, reclaimed the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and rededicated it to the service of G-d. When they sought to light the Temple's Menorah (the seven branched candelabrum), they found only a single jug of olive oil that had not been unsealed by the Greeks, and thereby disqualified for holy use. Miraculously, that one day supply burned for eight days and nights, until new oil could be prepared under conditions of ritual purity. To commemorate and publicize these miracles, the sages instituted the Festival of Chanukah. The heart of the festival is the nightly Menorah (candelabrum) lighting: a single flame on the first night, two on the second evening, and so on, until the eighth night of Chanukah, when all eight lights are kindled. One of the Chanukah customs include eating foods fried in oil -- latkes/levivot (potato pancakes) and sufganiot (doughnuts) to commemorate the miracle of the oil.


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Growing up as the rabbi's daughter in the New England region of the United States, Chanukah was a highlight of our year. I also came to recognize that Chanukah is not only a Jewish holiday celebrating religious freedom, but it represents ideas that are meaningful to people of all faiths. One way of publicizing Chanukah is lighting a giant Menorah in a central outdoor place in town, so all those passing can see the lights and be inspired by their message. Yes, even in the early darkness of a New England winter, through snow storms and blizzards, the Menorah always stood as a beacon of light and spiritual triumph on Chanukah. And even as a child, I knew that I wanted to live an inspired life like my parents, and to spread G-d's light in this world. My husband and I, together with our children, are so blessed to have the opportunity to fulfill this mission in this special country of Portugal. Of course, we don't have to brave freezing temperatures and snowstorms to do so! We are privileged to light a public Menorah in the center of Lisbon and Cascais together with all our friends and acquaintances. ! To obtain a Menorah and candles for home use, please contact info@chabadportugal.com (Some of this article's content is from www.chabad.org)

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IWP’s Outing to the Mira d’Aire Caves and Almourol Castle

by Carole Beranek On a fine Saturday morning at the beginning of October 2014, a large group of IWP ladies, their husbands and guests, embarked on a coach trip to the famous Grutas de Mira de Aire, followed by a visit to the recently re-opened Castelo de Almourol in the Municipality of Vila Nova de Barquinha. The weather looked slightly unpredictable to start, but it brightened up as the day progressed, and we enjoyed a pleasant twohour trip with a welcome coffee break at halftime. We arrived at our first destination in good time for our guided tour, which began with a short presentation film explaining how these largest and most spectacular caves in Portugal were first discovered back in 1947, although not officially opened to the public until August 1974. The formation of the caves dates back more than 150 million years to the Middle Jurassic Period, when dinosaurs inhabited the region. Some of us were somewhat daunted to learn that we would have to descend 110 metres via 683 steps, but it wasn’t as bad as it sounded, fascinated as we were by this beautiful underground world. We were led through tunnels and walkways, around subterranean lakes and through caverns with amazing formations of stalagmites and stalagtites with strange names like Jewelry, Jelly Fish, The Martian, Church Organ and Octopus Gallery. There are also unusual geological features that have been christened Red Room, Stone Waterfall and Old Lady’s Face, to name but a few.


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Photos by Carole Beranek and Selwyn Kennard

The caverns are lit with around 3000 coloured lights that emphasise the beauty of the stalagmites, stalagtites and other rock formations, culminating in a walk alongside a subterranean river with water cascading into it from above. The last cavern, 100 metres below the surface, contains the Great Lake with artificial waterfalls and luminous fountains. A fast elevator brought us all safely back to the surface, where there was a room displaying fossils as well as semi-precious minerals and crystals from all over the world. When we emerged into the bright sunlight, some of us made for a picnic area with stone benches and tables, where we had a pleasant half hour sitting in the sun enjoying our lunch. The rest of the group

tried their luck at a nearby eatery, which didn’t quite come up to expectations. Back in the coach we headed for our next destination, the Castelo de Almourol. Dramatically set on a tiny island in the River Tagus, this enchanting castle was built over a Roman fortress in 1171 by Gualdim Pais, the first Grand Master of the Order of the Templars in Portugal. This famous historical figure also founded the Convento de Cristo (Convent of Christ) in Tomar. After the extinction of the Knights Templar in 1311 by Pope Clement V, the castle passed to the Order of Christ. Eventually, however, losing its strategic significance, it was abandoned and fell into ruin. Then in the 19th century it was restored by idealistic romantics, and has recently undergone further restoration work. Almourol Castle was classified as a National Monument of Portugal in 1910 and is one of the most iconic monuments to the period of the Reconquista. There are many legends surrounding this magical place. A 16th century verse romance called Palmeirim de Inglaterra tells the tale of giants and knights and the fight of the crusader Palmeirim for the lovely Princess Polinarda. Some say that the castle is haunted by the ghost of a princess, sighing for the love of her Moorish slave. The small island 310 m long by 75 m wide on which the castle is located, is accessed by boat, this providing an ideal vantage point for taking photos. The boat ride only took a few minutes and

we were soon making our way to the castle interior. After going through the main entrance, we found ourselves on the first of two levels. The steps leading up to the towers and battlements were steep and narrow with no rails, so only suitable for the sure-footed. But those of us that went up were rewarded with spectacular views of the river and surrounding countryside. The castle keep, an innovation appearing in the 12th century, is three stories high and also worth going up to see the Templar Cross above the window and enjoy the views all around. Over the centuries the castle, surrounded by ramparts and nine towers, has never been taken by invading forces. Our visit soon came to an end and we returned to the pier, where a boat was waiting to take us back to the mainland. Some of us enjoyed an ice-cream or drink at a kiosk before boarding our coach for the journey home, the perfect end to a perfect day out, thanks to Tricia’s usual meticulous planning. We look forward to similar events in the future. !

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Exotic Birds in Cascais In Cascais this time of the year, particularly in Avenida Infante D. Henrique (near the intersection with Avenida 25 de Abril), there are large groups of exotic, green, long tailed parakeets about, resting on leafy crowns of trees. They are best seen (and heard – they are a boisterous lot), early in the morning when they leave in search of food or, at sunset, when they return to their trees and jostle for a comfortable perch for the night. They roost in winter in large colonies and where they choose to do this is referred to, naturally, as their dormitories. The birds are feral rose-ringed (or ring-necked) parakeets [Psittacula Krameri (or Periquito Rabijunco)], a gregarious tropical bird species that appeared in and around Lisbon during the seventies. Originally from the forests of Africa and Asia, it is speculated that they came as pets with families returning from the Portuguese territories or were bought in local pet shops and subsequently escaped, or were released. Survival was made easy because of the lack of predators and suburban gardens and with bird feeders providing them with plenty of seeds, nuts, fruits and berries, their preferred diet. Their exposure to the cold winters in the Himalayan foothills, allows them to withstand European winter conditions with ease. Today, flocks are seen all over Lisbon, Oeiras, Cascais and as far afield as Torres Novas. They are strong flyers and are known to forage up to 11Kms away from their dormitories. In 2003, biologist Rafael Matias estimated that Lisbon's Jardim da Estrela was home to over 200 of these birds. As yet, they are not considered pests like their counterparts in Africa and India, but the authorities have taken note of their habitat and are keeping an eye on these estrangeiros.@ Other exotic birds have also made this part of the world their home. These include the monk parakeet [Myiopsitta Monachus (Caturrinha)] and the blue-crowned parakeet [Thectocercus Acuticaudatus (Periquitão de Cabeça Azul)], both from South America (mainly Argentina and Colombia), as well as the crested myna [Acridotheres Cristatellus (Maina de crista)]. The term 'myna' is used for any starling in the Indian


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by Manuela Lamers

The Indian myna bird at Boca do Inferno photo by Hans Lamers Rose-ringed parakeets photo by Robert Harvey

subcontinent, regardless of their grouping. The author has seen a solitary Indian (or common) myna (Acridotheres Tristus), a cousin of the crested myna, scavenging for leftovers at the snack bar at Boca do Inferno. The myna is considered a pest and is a carrier of bird mites, ticks and other parasites. It is listed in the top 100 of the world’s worst invasive alien species. Mynas are extremely aggressive and very protective of their fledglings. In South Africa, the author and her dogs were regularly chased away by fearless attack dives reminiscent of the Stuka in World War II. When a fully grown male Staffordshire bull terrier runs for cover, you know that nobody messes with a myna protecting its young. So next time you are driving or walking around Cascais and you see these lovely birds, remember how far they are from home and how well they have adapted to the Portuguese way of life. All are indeed members of IWP (International Wings in Portugal) ! @) For further reading, in Portuguese, see "Que misteriosas aves verdes e estridentes são estas que invadiram Lisboa" (The mysterious green and raucous birds that have invaded Lisbon) by Helena Geraldes (Público - 25 December 2011) and "As aves exóticas que se converteram em lisboetas de pleno direito" (The exotic birds that have become fully-fledged Lisboetas) by Pedro Sousa Tavares (Diário de Notícias – 11 October 2014).

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Historic Villages of Portugal Part One: Villages 1 through 5

By Carmo Loureiro

The Historic Villages of Portugal are a group of 12 villages classified under a 1991 government program called “The Historic Villages Program”. The aim of the program was to restore and promote a series of ancient villages / human settlements important to the history of Portugal. Starting in 1991 the government included ten villages located in the BEIRA INTERIOR. An additional two villages were added to the program in 2003. (to make it easier for a roadtrip, they are listed by order on the road map below) 1 Piodão 2 Linhares da Beira 3 Trancoso (added in 2003) 4 Marialva 5 Castelo Rodrigo 6 Almeida 7 Castelo Mendo 8 Sortelha 9 Belmonte (added in 2003) 10 Castelo Novo 11 Monsanto 12 Idanha-a-Velha They can be very small dots on the world map, but it is thanks to them that the fate of a country was changed.


Strategically placed next to the Spanish border, Portugal’s Historical Villages are the result of the work of many generations of kings who were concerned about territorial defense and decided to populate and fortify the area.




Castelo Mendo


This mission was carried out mainly by Dom Afonso Henriques (the first king), who created the country of Portugal and by Dom Dinis, the king who signed the treaty which would establish the final border with Spain. Nowadays this is the oldest border in Europe and there were many rulers who built castles and walls, granted charters, and gave privileges to those who would establish themselves in these areas. Because if


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Castelo Rodrigo


Monsanto Piodão Castelo Novo Idanha-a-Velha

no one lived in a place where so many battles were fought, it would have been easier for the enemy to conquer it.

and traditions and they are remarkable for their landscape, breathtaking views, heritages and for the friendliness of people who lived there.

People saw each victory as a miracle, so they quickly built chapels or churches. For each event a legend was created and this gave a magical feeling to the Portuguese Beira (border).

Each village has its own distinctive character and is worthy of a day trip.

And so, century after century heritage was built, destroyed and then built again. The Historical Villages, built from granite and schist, preserve memories of ancient conquests

Visit one, or visit all, either way, I’m confident the old-world charm and relaxed atmosphere of these historic villages will make for a memorable experience. To discover them I would like to start with the first one on the list, and uniquely, the only one which doesn't have a castle:

1. PIODÃO Sits on a slope hidden in the wilds of the Serra do The visit involves a long walk because there is no Açor, (close to Serra da Estrela) perhaps this was other way to pass through these narrow streets why it was not necessary to fortify it. that wind between the houses of schist.

2. LINHARES da BEIRA This centuries old medieval village was officially granted a charter by King D. Afonso Henriques in 1169. The castle at the center of the village is strategically placed along the defensive border to

watch over the Mondego River. Granite houses line the village streets. At a Romanesque church one can see paintings on wood attributed to Grão Vasco, the great Portuguese master painter.

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3. TRANCOSO Another fortress in the line of defence on the border with Spain. It is an idyllic village of narrow stone streets. A distinctive feature is the Porta d’ El Rei at the entrance, honoring Dom Dinis who, in 1282, married Isabel of Aragon at the local São

Bartolomeu chapel. Over the centuries, Trancoso was contested by the Moors and Christians. In the 15th century, much like Belmonte, the village received Jewish immigrants contributing to the unique diversity of the village.

4. MARIALVA A beautifully restored medieval village. In the Middle Ages it was an important military post. A small square features a 15th century pillory. Its imposing castle still stands to tell stories of its

past as a defensive fortress for the region. Old houses and shops of gothic architecture line the cobblestone streets.

5. CASTELO RODRIGO A perfectly restored hilltop village. Stone walls surround homes, shops, cafés and guests houses. At the highest point in the centre of the village

stand the ruins of the Castle itself. Explore the former fortress and see the extraordinary views across Portugal, and all the way to Spain.

Sources: Gregório/February 1, 2014, Wikipédia, Aldeias Históricas de Portugal website, and Turismo de Portugal

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By Jackie de Oliveira

with our guide Suzy (far left)

“Avant-garde” and “beautiful” - you would be forgiven for thinking these are words used to describe some contemporary, glass and steel modern establishment built recently. Not so – this is a description of the Hospital Sant'Ana, which when it finally opened its doors in 1904, was one of the world's most advanced medical facilities of its time and was, and still is, amongst the most enduringly attractive buildings on the Lisbon coast. Tricia Marques organised a guided visit to the Hospital on 18th September in order for us to find out what was hidden inside the imposing building we see from the Marginal road. First a potted history: in the late 19th century, philanthropists Amelia and Frederico Biester had a dream of opening a hospital to do something to help children from poor families cure themselves of the prevalent killer infection of the time – bone tuberculosis (TB for short). The location was chosen for its ideal position for hours of sun and the amount of iodine in the sea (the highest on the stretch between Oeiras and Guincho). With the specialist advice and vision of the famous Dr Sousa Martins, they decided their pioneering treatment should consist of combining the curative qualities of the sea, the sun and decent nutrition in order to help the small bodies of these children heal themselves. The couple's philosophy centered around putting the human body back into communion with nature. Ironically, however, both of the Biesters succumbed to TB themselves and it was their feisty, strong-willed aunt, 89-year old Dona Claudina Chamiço who took up the gauntlet


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for getting this hospital built. Here was a lady who put up with no nonsense – almost running out of time for the building permit, she had the foundation stone laid just in time, and opened the Hospital on 31st July 1904. Upon the death of Dona Claudina, the hospital was left to the Santa Casa da Misericórdia in 1913 and has been under their administration ever since. Our guide told us that the hospital would welcome 60 children (carefully selected to make sure they came from an underprivileged background and that their illness was not too far advanced), 20 adult men and 20 adult women. The length of the stay was 100 days. Some suffered from lung TB, but for the majority their battle was with bone TB. Their treatment started immediately: exposure to sun – to kill bacteria and to stimulate vitamin D production – vastly-improved diets and exposure to iodine (erroneously thought to treat the TB bacterium, but nonetheless good for their general health). In the outdoor solarium, their exposure to sun was very gradual – first the feet, then the feet and ankles, and then the feet, ankles and legs, and so on up to the neck for short periods of time, thereby avoiding adding the misery of sunburn to the children's woes! The little patients were surrounded by the most superbly conceived interiors ever seen in a sanitorium of its kind. Our guide showed us the revolutionary air circulation system. No stuffiness or darkness here - using cleverly-placed vents, extraction chimneys and windows which open inwards at the top (instead of outwards), the air moves in a circular fashion. Fresh air in, stale air

out. One notices immediately that there is no smell of sickness or medicines and we were assured it was always the case. Where the walls join the ceilings, the edges are rounded (easier to clean). In the basement, a little “trolley railway” was installed, whereby the dirty laundry fell through trapdoors into waiting trollies and thus dirty sheets and clothes never coming into contact with the clean. In the midst of all this ingenuity, however, aesthetics were never forgotten. Even in a prosaic area such as the basement, artisans were brought in from the Algarve and the Alentejo to copy the Arab and Visigoth styles in the archways. In fact, everywhere one turns in this unique building, one is surrounded by harmony and beauty. Some decorative details represent a tacit alliance between Christianity, the free masons and the lay ideals that brought about the Republic. All in the same building there are pagan gargoyles in the corners protecting from evil, above the entrance, small stone statues of swallows and their nests, (depicting the notion of loving care) and inside, the gorgeous little chapel containing stained glass windows and a particularly beautiful statue of Our Lady the Virgin Mary.


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Even the colour scheme in the hospital as a whole – dark green shutters and chimneys and pale green and white walls – is clean and cheerful. However, we were all astounded by the “jewel in the crown”, which is the winter garden, at the seafacing side of the building. Brightly-coloured floorto-ceiling Art Nouveau tiles depict many plants and flowers used in medicine (then as today) and then there is the spectacular view of the sea which seems within touching distance. We have to

remember that when the hospital was built, there was no Marginal road and no other buildings around! The winter garden was intended as a airy space for the patients to be on days when it was too cold or rainy to take the sun outside. Lovely tiles depicting sea creatures adorn the outside walls. Today, the Sant'Ana Orthopaedic Hospital is a highlyrespected modern clinic and work on a new annex is underway. However, if you are in any way interested in medical history or just want to inspect one of the prettiest buildings on the Lisbon coast, Hospital Sant'Ana is an absolute must-see! !

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Proverbios / Proverbs



Quem não arrisca não petisca. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Quem vai ao ar, perde o lugar. If you snooze, you lose. Águas paradas são profundas. Still waters run deep. Cão que ladra não morde. His bark is worse that his bite. Nem tudo na vida são flores. Life is not a bed of roses. O barato sai caro. You get what you pay for. Nem tudo o que reluz é ouro. Not all that glitters is gold. É uma faca de dois gumes. It's a double-edged sword. A gota que faltava. It was the last drop. Onde há fumo, há fogo. Where there's smoke, there's fire O amor é cego. Love is blind. Fazer tempestade em copo d'água. Make a mountain out of a mole hill. Águas passadas não movem moinhos. " Let bygones be bygones. "

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On !e Rota Vicen"na Trai# By Rosemary Mellahn Fishermen’s Trail. Always running along the coastline, it follows the trails used by locals to get to the beaches and hot fishing spots. It is a single track along the cliffs which can only be travelled by foot, and is more demanding from a physical point of view. A challenge to a permanent contact with the ocean winds, the harsh coastal scenery and the wild and powerful natural landscape. We did two legs of the Fishermen’s Trail; from Porto Covo – Vila Nova de Milfontes – Almograve (35 km). Even though it was physically quite strenuous, and you can’t be scared of heights either, it was well worth it! We are definitely planning to do more legs of this trail at a later stage. !

Rosemary - above, Irmgard - right

I first read about the Rota Vicentina in a German newspaper. I mentioned my interest about this trail to a local friend and fellow IWP member, Irmgard McNeal, and she passed the link on to me. After checking out all the information, we decided to do some part of it. Rota Vicentina is a long distance path along the south western coast of Portugal, comprising t h e H i s t o r i c a l Wa y ( 2 3 0 k m ) a n d t h e Fishermen’s Trail (120 km). (see map opposite) Historical Way. It runs through the main towns and villages in a rural itinerary with several centuries of history. Comprised mainly of rural trails, this is a classic grand route, fully accessible to hikers and mountain bikers, with stretches of cork tree forests, mountain ranges, valleys, rivers and creeks, in a true journey through time, local culture and nature trails.


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The Road Not Taken Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair And having perhaps the be er claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the rst for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the di erenc Rota Vicentina Trails

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Visit to the Historic town of Alvito, with Flรกvia Soares On Saturday, 1 November, 41 IWP members and guests made the trip to visit the lovely town of Alvito in the Alentejo. We were met by our host for the day, Carmen Conde, a middle school English teacher and volunteer firefighter whom I met on the IWP cruise to the Alqueva dam. After our reception at the local cultural center where we were presented with a traditional local sweet, we proceeded to a guided tour of the Castle/Pousada de Alvito with the very knowledgeable archeologist and historian, Jorge Feio. After lunch, Jorge took us to visit the centuries old main church where we were able to see some old frescos. We came away with the realization that this small town is rich in history and culture dating back to the 13th century. Many of us left Alvito with the desire to return to explore more of the town and surrounding area.

Lisbon Descobridoras: tour of the Palรกcio Foz, stunning!, and we had a wonderful guide. Thanks to Jenny for organizing this interesting tour.



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INTERIOR DESIGN WORKSHOP If you love those before & after shows then you will love this intense two-days Interior Design workshop! “Introduction to Interior Design” is for non-professionals with a strong interest in interior design. For all levels, it covers all the important steps to create harmonious interiors. From mood boards, colors, materials, lighting and layout to final decoration. Held in English by interior designer Virginia Azevedo, founder of CREATIVS – an award-nominated Swiss design company. A workshop certificate will be given at the end. 31st Jan & 1st Feb (weekend)


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595 ! including lunch, from 10:00 to 17:00 At “House of Wonders”, Largo da Misericordia 53, Cascais virginia@creativs.com




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This is a continuing series on Flávia#s recent trip to China.

Part One: Finally in Beijing!

by Flávia Soares

After getting our rooms it was time for a quick shower and change of clothes to get ready for the activity of our first day in Beijing: shopping! I found out that a majority of the people in the group (I only knew 3 people prior to the trip) just love to shop, shop, shop. It is evident that China is becoming a consumer society despite its political system. Shops, malls (vertical malls), western brand stores, everything is here. On our first day here we were taken to the Yashow Clothing Market which has 5 floors of everything you could ever need and more! I found it

Pequim in portuguese, Beijing in english Monday, August 25: Beijing Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China has a population of nearly 20 million people or twice the population of Portugal. It is a city teeming with people, shops, bicycles, motorbikes, and the latest model of cars: Mercedes, BMW, Ford, just to name a few. New York is referred to as the city that never sleeps but Beijing must be a close second. Our journey to Beijing took many hours. The taxi came to pick us up (my cousin Ugolina and I) at 5:00 to take us to the Lisbon airport for our 7:00 o'clock flight to Amsterdam. The flight from Amsterdam to Beijing took nine and a half hours. We arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport at 5:00 local time (7 hours ahead of Lisbon). It felt like we had been up for 24 hours. It took us almost 2+ hours to leave the airport as some in the group had the unpleasant surprise of learning that their suitcases had not made the flight. Then a 1 hour bus ride in early morning Beijing rush hour traffic to our hotel in a “hutong”(traditional Chinese neighborhood). The hotel is located on a typical hutong narrow street, not wide enough for a bus. We were dropped off at the corner of the main street and walked with our suitcases to the hotel. It was a curious sight, 24 western tourists with suitcases in the midst of pedestrians, bicycles, scooters, and cars.


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very claustrophobic as the stalls are packed next to one another. As you pass by each, the seller approaches and tries to persuade you to buy whatever he/she is selling. I used my Mandarin phrases "xie xie" (thanks) and "wo bu yiao" (I don't want) repeatedly. This mall reminded me of the market at Martim Moniz in Lisbon but the sellers here are much more aggressive. I could not wait to get out of there. But first I had to buy what I came for.

"tái guile" (too expensive)

With fellow traveler & IWP member Pat Westheimer I don’t like to wear hats. I was looking for an umbrella/sunbrella to protect me from the sun during our outdoor sightseeing visits in sunny 36ºC weather. I bargained for mine and then Pat and Ugolina decided they also wanted one, so we went back to the same seller, but since I had already done the bargaining, they paid the same price as me. In China you bargain for just about everything and our guide had told us to offer 1/3 of the price asked. I used my Mandarin: first I start with "duo shao qián" (how much), then "tài guìle" (too expensive) and followed by “pianyi” (less, cheaper). Then the calculator game starts: the seller enters a number on the calculator. If you're not happy with it, you clear that number and enter what you want to pay. The game goes on until the seller accepts or you walk away at which time, he or /she generally comes after you and says, ok, ok. The deal is done. I got my sunbrella and looked like just a local. Chinese women use sunbrellas instead of hats to protect them from the sun.

Chinese lessons from the locals

The indispensible calculator Next we went to the Silk Market, a more upscale market. Here there are shops with glass dividers, more light, and more space. I didn't come here to shop but one thing I wanted to buy in China was prescription sunglasses. I had heard they were much cheaper here. I found an optical shop at this mall and the young girl who works there got to work on me. I told her what I wanted: prescription sunglasses with progressive lenses. She showed me the price on her calculator. Then we played the bargaining game: I put what I was willing to pay, and she wrote a higher amount. I said “tài guìle” and walked away and then she called me back and said ok, ok. I paid 180$US and my glasses were ready in 90 minutes. What a bargain! They are really great. While I waited for the glasses I got a Chinese lesson from the three young people who work at the store. To be continued.....

New sunglasses, ready for the next adventure

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“I WAS THERE” How the actions of a small group of women changed women#s employment laws forever By Chris Rola

Chris Rola 1964

Ford!s Dagenham Car Factory 1968 I completed my training as a Registered Nurse in August 1967, and in January 1968 I landed a plum job as an Occupational Nurse working in the Medical Centre of the Press and Body Shop in Ford’s Plant in Dagenham, East London, where men injured at work and with minor illnesses were treated. The Dagenham flagship factory employed 54,813 men, and only 187 women (I don’t think the nurses were counted.) The women were sewing machinists who worked in the Trim shop and made the seat covers, and their work place was an asbestos aircraft hanger with holes in the roof, whilst the Medical Centre where I worked was large, modern and well equipped.

“We Want Sex Equality.” The media was unsupportive..a reporter took a picture of a banner, that partially unfurled, read “We Want Sex” and published it, making it the image of the movement in the eyes of many in England.


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As part of a pay regrading exercise, the women were informed that their jobs were graded in Category B (less skilled production jobs), instead of Category C (more skilled production jobs), and that they would be paid 15% less than the full B rate received by men. At the time it was common practice for companies to pay women less than men, irrespective of the skills involved. They were deeply upset, and even more enraged when they discovered that teenage boy floor-sweepers were paid higher wages than they were. Five women leaders organised a strike to demand equal pay for women performing the same level of job as men. On 7 June 1968, all 187 women employees working in the factory laid down their tools and began a strike to earn equality. The Nursing staff were not involved in this action as we belonged to a nursing professional body and our pay was based on the nursing pay scale. We were paid very generously but we had one male nurse and I now wonder what he earned. The sewing machinists were responsible for making the car seat covers in the majority of Ford cars and without the car seat covers, cars could not be produced. Rapidly, the effects of the strike were seen, as car production ceased within the first week. Parts of the factory were forced to come to a complete standstill, eventually costing the company over $8 million, and risking 40,000 Ford jobs throughout the nation. Still, Ford refused to negotiate with the women. Superiors informed the managing director, Sir William Batty, to “do his worst,” in response to the protesters.

The strike is still considered a landmark case in the fight for women’s equality in the UK leading to the Equal Pay act in 1970 which made it “illegal to have different pay scales for men and women.” The women continued their strike, and vowed not to stop until they received equal pay. They marched multiple times to Westminster as they waved banners outside of Parliament that screamed “We Want Sex Equality.” The media did not support the women. At one point a reporter took a picture of this banner, partially unfurled, reading “We Want Sex” and published it, making this the image of the movement in the eyes of many in England. Despite their negative image in the media, the women received support from many industrial unions across the country, as well as 195 women at Ford’s Halewood plant in Liverpool who walked off their jobs to show their unity. Some of the husbands of the women, who also worked in the Dagenham factory, gave their support but others spoke out in opposition of their wives’ actions. Two union representatives at the Ford Factory supported the women, but it was Barbara Castle—Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for Harold Wilson’s Socialist Government —who worked out an agreement that Ford would accept. Barbara Castle was a strong figure and had been given the very difficult task of sorting out the industrial strife at a time when Unions were very powerful. She was seen as a possible first future Woman Prime Minister for the UK, a place later filled by Margaret Thatcher, a Conservative.

Barbara Castle— Secretary of State for Trade and Industry for Harold Wilson!s Government

On 29 June 1968, Barbara Castle met with a group of eight women participating in the strike, representatives of the collective whole, to discuss their demands. She did not allow any male union officers or male Ford executives to attend the meeting. At the end of the meeting the women agreed to return to work if their wages were raised to 92% of what the men were paid. Some women were unhappy that their exact demands were not met, but returned to work anyway. The strike is still considered a landmark case in the fight for women’s equality in the UK leading to the Equal Pay act in 1970 which made it “illegal to have different pay scales for men and women.” Ironically, the Ford women were not able to use the Equal Pay Act that they helped to win, as they could not compare themselves to men, as no men worked as machinists. They could only claim that their skill level matched some men. The women in the Ford Factory did not receive full equality until 1984, when their wages were raised to 100% of what male employees earned on the same grade. This strike tested the patience of all involved in a grinding labour and political struggle that ultimately would advance the cause of women's rights around the world, and it forced Ford to look at its employment practices. Now Ford is used as an example of a good practice employer. But as of 2010, women still earned approximately 16.4 % less than men in the working community as a whole. continued...

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Four of the strike leaders 40 years on The women continued their strike, and vowed not to stop until they received equal pay. They marched multiple times to Westminster as they waved banners outside of Parliament that screamed “We Want Sex Equality.” The media did not support the women. At one point a reporter took a picture of this banner, partially unfurled, reading “We Want Sex” and published

“How important it is to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she~ roes.” Maya Angelou Puzzle Time

by Manuela Lamers

Three houses and three gates puzzle Friendly neighbours they are not. Each house has its own gate - A (green), B (orange) and C (purple). Everybody wants a path to their own gate and the paths should not cross. What is the solution? (Solution on page 51)


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The Second Life of Cats - The Musical In October 2014, Lisbon hosted Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats for the second time in 10 years. This new Cats production is at present on European tour with the current West End cast. One hundred and twenty IWP members, their partners and guests were lucky enough to see a special matinée performance of the show, together with a few hundred school children. The last time I saw this musical was about 25 years ago, and it hasn’t lost any of its magical charm; in fact, “the second life of Cats” – as Webber calls it – is better than it ever was. The musical Cats is based on Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, a collection of whimsical poems about feline psychology and sociology written by T.S. Elliot in the ‘thirties for his godchildren. Andrew Lloyd Webber had been familiar with these poems since he was a child, but only later realised how special they were. In an interview, Webber explained that the whole Cats project started in 1978 as a personal experiment to discover if he could set existing words to music. Up until then, he used to compose the music first and his lyricist would then put the words to music. In fact, most of the poems comprising Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats were set to music in their originally published form with only minor revision. In addition, Eliot’s widow gave Webber some of her husband’s unpublished drafts, including the story of the cat called Grizabella, who was to become an important part of the plot, and resulted in the enchanting song Memory. Premiered in London’s West End in 1981 and Broadway in 1982, this was the longest running Broadway show in history, until beaten by The Phantom of the Opera, by the same composer. According to Andrew Lloyd Webber, the new Cats production is much more to his liking, having undergone a lot of musical revision with certain changes he long wanted, like the reinstatement of a tune he wrote to an unpublished T.S. Eliot poem, The Ballad of Billy McCaw. This had been replaced for Broadway with a pastiche opera number that Webber had never liked. For the first ten minutes of the show, the youngsters in the stalls made such a racket that it was to be feared that the noise would drown


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By Carole Beranek the music. Luckily, this was only partly the case; it seemed they had been briefed on the storyline and the accompanying music, because they reacted with clapping and cheering whenever the opening bars of a particular song were played. Basically, the musical is the story of a tribe of Jellicle Cats and their annual Jellicle Ball, when they reunite to celebrate who they are. They explain that cats have three different names; the one the family uses, a more dignified name and a secret one only the cat knows. Their leader is the wise Old Deuteronomy, who eventually decides which Jellicle Cat will journey to the Heaviside Layer to be reborn into a new Jellicle life. When Old Deuteronomy is captured, the cats have to rescue him before they can hold the Jellicle Ball. The unusual cats’ names used in the musical are all original and as published by T.S. Eliot. To name but a few, we have the Old Gumbie Cat (Jennyanydots), Growltiger, Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity the Mystery Cat, Gus the Theatre Cat, Bustopher Jones the Cat about Town, Skimbleshanks the Railway Cat, and Grizabella the Glamour Cat. There were some magical moments at the end of the show, when Grisabella again sings Memory just before she ascends to the Heaviside Layer. Suddenly, all over the auditorium lights started twinkling as people waved their mobile ‘phones in time to the music. Unfortunately, the last plaintive strains of this beautiful song were drowned in the cheering and whistling of the excited school kids, who were obviously captivated by this purrrfect production of the second life of Cats, as I’m sure we all were. ! Editors’ note: As the former events coordinator, I would like to thank Paolo Dias - UAU Productions www.UAU.pt for having given us the opportunity to have 120 of our IWP members and guests attend this special school day showing! It was quite an experience seeing it in such an exciting atmosphere! TM

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Barbara Flynn, Mark Hanmer, Rosa Neto, Angela French, Selwyn Kennard After the success of the Combined Midsummer Charity Ball held on 28th June 2014, Barbara Flynn (President, International Women in Portugal), Angela French (Chairperson, Women’s Royal Voluntary Service), Mark Hanmer (representing the Royal British Legion), Selwyn Kennard (representing the Royal British Club), together with members of the IWP and WRVS visited CERCICA Tuesday, 4TH November, 2014 to officially present the “cheque” of A6,300, to the Director of CERCICA, Rosa Neto.

by Jackie Kennard

They were also welcomed by Paulo RosárBo, Consultor Comercial and Dr. Ana Santos Flores. The Director thanked the joint committee and all the organisations, individuals, companies and guests who had kindly donated items and services for the auction and those who gave generously on the night. Rosa assured everyone that all monies raised had been wisely spent on vital equipment for the benefit of the children and young adults supported by CERCICA.

Pictured left to right: Mark Hanmer, Alexandra Barahona de Brito, Rosa Neto, Majella Wilson, Angela French, Jackie Kenard, Barbara Flynn, Dr. Ana Flores, Sharon Wake, Selwyn Kennard


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The following is a list of items that were purchased with the money raised: A hoist for the swimming pool

and facilities, these young people can have an acceptable quality of life. Following this visit, all agreed that the funds raised had been well spent on a very worthy cause. !

A Sling chair for the Hoist A Bath chair. Twenty one mattresses with covers, pillows with covers and pillowcases. At the pool they were given a demonstration of how the hoist, rattan sling, and bath chair operated to lift the less-abled children and young adults in and out of the water. Clearly, this additional facility will not only allow more children to use the pool facilities, but it makes the very difficult job of the staff much less stressful.


They were also shown around part of the extensive premises and they were all very impressed with the care and services/facilities which were in place to meet all kinds of needs. In particular, they were taken to the art room, where one of the students showed us his cartoon paintings with their creators, i.e. “Top Cat” with William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, “Yogi Bear”, again created by Hanna and Barbera, , “Woody Woodpecker”, created by Lanatz, plus “Bugs Bunny” and “Daffy Duck”. The Student had also painted pictures of some of the “voices” behind these characters. It just served to demonstrate how, with the right care



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TWO TOURS IN ONE By Chris Rola At the end of August a group of IWP members visited the Museu São Roque for a guided tour including the temporary exhibition entitled “Visitation, The Archive: Memory and Promise”. This was followed by a tour of the church. The Misericórdia of Lisbon was founded in 1498 by Queen Leonar and by the time she died in 1525, there were many branches spread over the country and overseas. The aim was to accomplish the 14 works of mercy The 7 spiritual: • 1. Teach the humble 2. Give good advice to those that seek it 3. Punish with charity those who make mistakes 4. Comfort the sad and unsatisfied 5. Forgive those that trespass against you 6. Suffer injuries with patience 7. Implore God for the living and the deceased.

Exhibition entitled “Visitation” Many parents left their babies with Misericórdia as they were unable to care for them and the baby was placed in a revolving cupboard to be passed into the orphanage. The parents left half an item with their baby in order to identify them, if they were ever able to return and collect their baby, matching up their half with the baby's half. Photographer Blaufuks presented a new series of photographs for the exhibition entitled "Cut", which resulted from a visit to the Archives and there was an exhibition of some of these small items including half photos, one sock of a pair, a cut playing card, etc., that revealed the origin of

The 7 corporal: (which we may recognise easier) • 1. Redeem the captives and visit prisoners, 2. Cure the sick 3. Cover the naked 4. Feed the hungry 5. Give drink to those who are thirsty 6. Give home to pilgrims 7 Bury the dead.

Some examples of the items cut in half, and notes left on the children.

The Misericórdias soon focused their help on the poor, orphans, the sick, widows, pilgrims and captives. They opened Institutions for the poor and orphans, hospitals to nurse the sick and they worked in prisons and organised the burying of the poor. Their work continues today, funded by the Lottery; you will see a famous statue of a man selling lottery tickets in the square outside the museum. During our tour we saw documents and paintings illustrating how Misericórdia was founded and its aims were achieved. There were also many wonderful gifts of works of arts, relics, church ornaments and clothing plus statues of past leaders of the church that our excellent guide used to explain the history of Misericórdia.


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newborns delivered into what was hoped would be temporary care. The parents also left a note with the child’s name and birth date, and whether the child had been christened. This was a very moving exhibition and we spent a lot of time pouring over the exhibits.

The Church of São Roque The Igreja de São Roque was one of the few buildings in Lisbon to survive the Earthquake relatively unscathed. When built in the 16th century it was the first Jesuit church designed in the “auditorium-church” style specifically for preaching. It contains a number of chapels, most in the Baroque style of the early 17th century. The most notable chapel is the 18th-century Chapel of St. John the Baptist (Capela de São João Baptista), a project by Nicola Salvi and Luigi Vanvitelli constructed in Rome of many precious stones and disassembled, shipped, and reconstructed in São Roque. At the time it was reportedly the most expensive chapel in Europe. In every direction we look there is something new to see. As we finished our tour the guide announced there was something for the English to see, and she took us to the grave of an Englishman Francis Tregian the Elder (1548–1608) buried standing up. Francis was a rich noble man and a staunch Catholic from Cornwall in the very South West of England and he lived in the reign of Elizabeth I, a Protestant queen. In 1576 Tregian harboured a Catholic seminary priest, Cuthbert Mayne, who passed as his steward. On 8 June 1577, the Sheriff of Cornwall, Sir Richard Grenville surrounded the house with some hundred men and arrested both Tregian and Mayne, who was executed later that year. Tregian was also condemned to death, but this sentence was remitted to imprisonment. He was incarcerated at Windsor and then in various London prisons for 28 years. During his time in prison Tregian continued to work against the Queen and as he was allowed visitors he wrote manuscripts and messages that circulated in the outside world.

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After he was pardoned by King James I, Tregian retired to Madrid, where he enjoyed a pension from King Philip III of Spain. He died at the Jesuit hospice at St Roque, Lisbon, where he was buried upright under the west pulpit, symbolic of his stand against Queen Elizabeth I. So a traitor in one country was a hero in another. !

Editor’s note: A big thanks to Suzy, from Santa Casa do Misericordia, who was our tour guide for both the São Roque tours and the Hospital Sant'ana tour. We all learned so much! TM


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Three old guys!are out walking.! First one says, “Windy, isn't it?” Second one says, “No, it's Thursday!”! Third one says, “So am I. Let's go get a beer...”! An Australian entered a bar and stood beside a Scotsman. After chatting for a while, the Scotsman asked “Where are you from, pal?” “I’m from the finest country in the whole wide world” said the Australian. “Are you?” said the other, “you sure have a darn funny accent for a Scotsman.”


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Inner Peace If you can always be cheerful, ignoring aches and pains,! If you can resist complaining and!boring people with your troubles,! If you can eat the same food every day and be grateful for it,! If you can understand when your loved ones are too busy to give you any time,! If you can take criticism and blame without resentment, If you can conquer tension without medical help, If you can relax without alcohol, If you can sleep without the aid of drugs,! Then you are probably the family dog!



Book reviews from Book Group 2 Driving over Lemons

by Chris Rola

The Light Between Oceans

by Chris Stuart

by M. L. Steadman.

Chris, eternal optimist and itinerant sheep shearer, moves with his wife Ana to a mountain farm in Las Alpujarras, an oddball region in the south of Spain. Misadventures gleefully unfold as Chris discovers that the owner has no intention of leaving and meets their neighbours, an engaging mix of peasant farmers and shepherds, New Age travellers and ex-pats. Their daughter ChloĂŤ is born, linking them irrevocably to their new life. The hero of the piece, however, is the farm itself - a patch of mountain studded with olive, almond and lemon groves, sited on the wrong side of a river, with no access road, water supply or electricity. My first reaction to this book was how someone could write something so unbelievable as this, until I discovered Chris Stuart was writing about his life in Spain. Chris is an ex English public schoolboy, a founder member of Genesis (a pop group) who become a sheep shearer and farmer and then, age 40, moved to Spain. The 2 Spanish members of the book group were unconvinced by his portrayal of Spain especially his daughterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s informal christening despite our reassurance about English customs. The group felt this book was more of a travel log than a novel and scored it rather low. Chris has written 4 books about his life in Spain.!

A boat washes up on the shore of a remote lighthouse keeper's island off the coast of Australia. It holds a dead man - and a crying baby. The only two islanders, Tom and his wife Izzy, are about to make a devastating decision. A background thread running through the book is the effect the First World War had on Australian families and soldiers. The reader is constantly trying to decide who has right on their side, and becoming involved in the dilemma of the couple and the b a b y. Most members of the group admitted to a few tears. At the end of our discussions members of the group scored the book out of 10 and for this book there was a wide range from a 10 to 6.5 with an average of 8. !

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Fala Português? by Angie Inglis Don’t let the Grinch spoil your Christmas preparations…Here are a few phrases from the A Janela Team to help you get you to grips with your holiday plans.

At the Shops – Nas lojas If I have the wrong size, can I change it? Se este for o tamanho errado, posso trocar?

Do you sell / have gift vouchers? Têm vales de presente?

Do you have this in a bigger / smaller size? Tem isto num tamanho maior / mais pequeno?

Certainly. What value would you like? Com certeza. Qual é o valor que a Senhora deseja?

Could you gift wrap it for me please? Pode embrulhar por favor?

Do you have any….? Têm…...? brussel sprouts – couves de bruxelas parsnips -pastinagas celery - aipo cranberry sauce – molho de arandos whipping cream - nata para bater / chantilly / natas batidas


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I’d like to buy a turkey Queria comprar um peru How much is that per kilo please? Quanto é o quilo, por favor?


Do you take credit cards? Aceita cartôes de crédito?

At the Post Office Good Morning / Good Afternoon, Bom Dia / Boa Tarde. Please - Por favor

- No Correio

I'd like to send this parcel to England. Gostava de mandar este embrulho para a Inglaterra. I’d like to send these cards to …… Gostava de enviar estes postais para… I’d like to send this by registered post please. Gostava de enviar isto por correio registado, por favor. Or, you can simply say: Queria mandar .........por favor Certainly. Is it of high value? Com certeza. É valioso?

To be sure of your cards and gifts arriving on time visit your local post office now! I need 10 stamps for Europe please. Pode-me dar dez selos para a Europa, por favor

Accepting gifts Thank you very much – muito obrigado (man), muito obridgada (woman) It wasn’t necessary And of course... Não era necessário You shouldn’t have gone to so much trouble Não precisava de se incomodar Happy Holidays! - Boas Festas! We’re very grateful Estamos muito gratos / agradecidos. Happy New Year! - Feliz Ano Novo! And for the children…. Quick…go to sleep! Father Christmas is coming! Rápido ... vai dormir! O Pai Natal está a chegar!

Merry Christmas! - Feliz Natal! Happy Hanukkah! -Feliz Chanucá / Hanucá! Solution to puzzle (page


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Please note that IWP Members and their guests attending any event or activity do so entirely at their own risk. All participants should be aware of the safety issues.

Arts & Crafts Arraiolos Tuesdays, 10:00 - 12:00. The art of Arraiolos is unique to Portugal. Learn the craftsmanship of making handmade carpets. We meet in St. Paul's Church in Estoril every week. There is a small fee to cover the cost of the church hall and refreshments. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Art for Enjoyment Thursdays, 14:00 - 17:00. The sessions are facilitated by Heather Taylor and held in her rooftop studio in Monte Estoril with room for five members. These afternoons are not for formal teaching but for everyone to experiment with ideas and painting materials. Books and other inspirational resources are available. Members are asked to bring their own materials. Please contact Heather to book your place and receive information about what to bring. A suggestion list can be emailed to you on request. There is a charge of A5 for studio use and refreshments. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Drawing Group As we have writer's and reader' groups, I thought a drawing group might be a welcome addition for those of us with itchy fingers. We could meet monthly at each other's homes to have an informal drawing session. It would not be a class, but an opportunity to draw in a relaxed atmosphere and support each other in our work. The sessions could include still life, landscape and life drawing if we are able to find willing models. If anyone is interested in drawing or modeling please email activities@iwponline.org

Knit and 'natter

New! Tuesdays, 10:00 - 12:00. Come knit with us at St. Paul's Church in Estoril every week! There is a small fee to cover the cost of the church hall and refreshments. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Patchwork and Crafts Fridays, 11:00 - 15:00. Join a fun group of people who cut beautiful fabrics into little pieces and sew them back together again! Whether you do this already, or you want to learn how to make stunning quilts, you are invited to join us. Tea and cakes are served with tips from experienced quilters in our Quilt Bar. Cost is A5 per session if working on own projects. Taught workshops are charged extra depending on the topic. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org


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Books & Writing A Janela Get more involved in IWP by joining the A Janela Team. This all-volunteer group meets once a month at a member´s house to discuss and piece together this magazine. It´s great fun! All nationalities are welcome. Email us at ajanela@iwponline.org if you want to join the team or just attend a meeting, write an article, or give suggestions.Also, if you are creative, have some computer skills, have freetime, and enjoy deadlines, why not consider trying your hand as editor! Find out more. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Cascais Book Enthusiasts Avid readers and new members are welcome to join us one evening a month for a stimulating discussion on a book chosen by the group. For Group 1: For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org For Group 2: For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Lisbon Book Club Join us one weekday per month for an easy going afternoon of book chat and catching up. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Library Wednesday, 11:00 - 13:00. There are over 8000 books: paper, hardback, large print, a good supply of audio tapes, videos and books for children of all ages. The library is at ‘Vila Olivia”, Rua de Areia 154, Birre. On Library mornings there is a large sign on the fence showing exactly where it is. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

New! Cascais Writers' Group For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Lisbon Writers' Group The Lisbon Writers' Group meets every third Tuesday of the month at 10:30 alternating in members houses. All writerly contributions, great or small, are very welcome! For more information contact activities@iwponline.org

Business Business Owners' Network Are you a business owner? Are you thinking of starting a business here in Portugal? Would you like to meet with IWP members who are going through what you are going through? For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Culture Lisbon Descobridoras (Discoverers) Join us for monthly excursions in the Lisbon area including museums, walks, and tours. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

São Carlos Opera Theatre Group If you are interested in promotional tickets for open rehearsals and other activities at São Carlos opera theatre, please send an email to Your Glimpse into the International Women in Portugal


Games & Card Games Bowling Night Come join us on the second Saturday evening of each month for a Bowling Night! This is a true friends and family event, so everyone is welcome. If you have some serious bowling skills, come show them off. If you do not really know how to bowl, come learn with the rest of us. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Bridge Group We meet every Monday afternoon from 14:00 until 16:30 to play and improve our bridge. Several members of the group have recently learned to play the game but new members of all levels are welcome to join us. We meet in the homes of members of the group and the cost is A1 per session, except when we have a lesson when the cost is A5. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org If you have never played and are interested in learning bridge we can put you in touch with a teacher who runs reasonably priced and fun group lessons with a 50% discount exclusively for IWP members.

Quiz Nights We are looking for Quizzers and Quizzes! A few IWP members and associate members (family members) have been taking part in organised quizzes (for charity and fun). It is great fun and a good way to meet new people! We would also be interested in anyone wanting to organise a Quiz for IWP and information about upcoming Quizzes. To join the group or to let us know of an upcoming quiz, please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Health & Fitness Enjoying Golf Mondays, 9:30 at Beloura Golf Club. If you want to play golf and have fun, this is your group. Our handicaps are between 36 and 28, but we are sure to improve! For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Golf - Beginners and Improvers Thursdays, 11:00 at Estoril Golf Club. If you are interested in learning golf or if you already play but want to improve your game then this friendly group is for you. Complete beginners are very welcome. We meet every week and work with a professional who teaches a group lesson for one hour. The fee is A100 for ten lessons and each week a bucket of golf balls costs A4. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Mind Body Spirit We meet once a fortnight, Mondays at 15:00 at one of the members´ houses and inform everyone by email. We discuss issues regarding the mind, body and spirit. Each session will have a theme and we discover and rediscover old and new ways of dealing with life. These may include inspirations from a book, personal experiences, or the topic of the moment. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org


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Sailing Lisbon International Sailing Club www.lisbonisc.org offers racing and cruising opportunities for sailors of all nationalities. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Sintra walks Friday, 10:30. Over hill, over dale, rain or shine we hit the trail! Come and join us for stimulating walks through the Sintra mountains and along the coast. Meet new friends and enjoy spectacular scenery while exercising. You should be fit enough to walk for 2-3 hours at a reasonable pace, mostly off road, along trails that can include steep slopes and slippery and uneven terrain. Suitable footwear and clothing is recommended. Walks are done at your own risk. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Tennis Intermediate Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00. We play ladies doubles tennis at the Estoril tennis club every week for two hours. It is a friendly, welcoming group and new members are always welcome. The fee is A7 for two hours. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Language English Conversation - Advanced Mondays, 10:00 - 12:00. This lively conversation group will give you an opportunity to practice your English as well as involve you in some great discussions. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

English Conversation - Improvers (Group 1) Wednesdays, 10:30 - 12:15. An opportunity to improve your English through general and fun conversation and discussion with guidance on grammar and vocabulary. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

English Conversation - Improvers (Group 2) Tuesdays, 11:00 - 12:30. Meet new friends and have fun with Jackie for general conversation, new vocabulary, and a few grammar tips. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

French Conversation Wednesdays, 14:00 - 15:30. Come and join a friendly group trying to remember the French they once knew. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll get a medley of information (in French) on various topics, lots of media gossip, bits on current affairs, and occasional grammar tips. Come and meet the challenge! For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

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Beginner´s French Wednesdays, 11:30 - 13:00. If you had French classes a long time ago or if you never had any but would like to know the basics...this class is for you. Don´t worry, I will not cram grammar rules down your throat. I will teach you how to order in a restaurant (and know what you are ordering). I will help you make hotel reservation, find your way into a French city etc. Above all, we will do this with a lot of laughter and good humour. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Italian Practice for Beginners Every Wednesday, 10:15 - 12:00 in São Pedro do Estoril. If you like Italy, the food, the language and culture but you never studied Italian before, come and practice Italian in an informal atmosphere and have some fun! You'll learn to use the language to communicate at a beginner and elementary level. Reading and conversation about various topics will be included! For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Portuguese Beginner Conversation in Cascais Tuesdays, 14:00 - 15:00. These are not lessons. The sessions will help you to understand basic conversational Portuguese and how to get by in common situations. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Portuguese Conversation Intermediate Thursdays, 11:00 - 12:30 at the Opíparo restaurant at Praia da Poça. This is an Intermediate Portuguese conversation group for those who want to practice and improve their Portuguese. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Portuguese Conversation in Lisbon Thursdays, 15:30. Informal sessions (not lessons) to help you understand Portuguese and make yourself understood at a basic level. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Spanish Conversation Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays 14:30 - 16:30 (times and days are flexible). Spanish conversation in any subject from fashion, television and films to politics, current affairs and more, at any convenient location or at a home in Lisbon. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org

Mothers & Children Playgroup - Tuesday Tuesdays 10:00 - 12:00. We also organise other activities throughout the week such as softplay, walks, visits to the park or just a get together at each other's houses. It's a great way to build a network of other international mums and let your little ones have fun and play together. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org


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Wining & Dining Cook, Eat 'n Chat Italian Wednesdays, from 11:00 IWP members can cook and eat delicious Italian recipes like homemade pasta dishes, Gnocchi, Risotto, Pizza, Lasagna, Scaloppine and more in Lisa's kitchen in Cascais. For more information please send an email to activities@iwponline.org and she will send you back all the details of what everyone is cooking, when and where. Buon Appetito!

IWP Associate Activities There are groups that are attended by IWP members but are also open to non members. These groups sometimes make a commercial charge for the services of the group leader. Though IWP does not necessarily endorse these activities, in the interests of enriching the lives of IWP members, these groups are listed on the IWP Website at www.iwponline.org. If you know of any other activities that could be shared with our members, please email the details to activities@iwponline.org Choir? Does anyone know of a choir or singing group in the Lisbon area, or know of a choirmaster who would be able to lead an English speaking group? We have some interest among our members. Please contact activities@iwponline.org if you can help with this request, or are interested in joining a choir.

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