Saturday night in Lisbon

It’s a beautiful November evening in Lisbon. I just had dinner with a few guys that I had never met before. Typical homemade Portuguese food: caldo verde (vegetable and sausage soup), risois (pastries stuffed with meat or shrimp), then a dish made of chicken and vegetables – I don’t know if it’s got a name, fruit for dessert and coffee. Water or juice for drinks, because alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited.

As I’m typing these words on my laptop, getting the internet connection off my phone hotspot while I still have the signal, my dog Cash is watching me as he’s lying on the bed where I’ll sleep for two nights and the guys whom I had the dinner with are dropping the bow and stern lines and the engine of the “Funchalense 5” cargo ship is revving up, sailing away from the docks of Lisbon on the river Tejo (Tagus), heading towards the Atlantic Ocean port of Caniçal on the island of Madeira, north-west off the Canary Islands, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

Hi, I’m still Djape, your favorite puzzle author, and the dog I mentioned above is the same dog that you see on the covers of my puzzle books for adults and kids. I’ve been living in Cascais, Portugal, for the past 3 years and I’m now moving to Funchal, Madeira – also Portugal. I intend to stay there for the next 6 months, if not more, so if you happen to be there, feel free to drop me a note and we can meet and have a glass of some fine Portuguese wine. Or two.

I will write more about my voyage when we disembark in Madeira. This is it for now, as I think my internet connection is about to go off. It’s a 2 day, 520 nautical miles journey (960km or 600 land miles).

Port of origin: Lisbon, Portugal.

Port of call: Caniçal, Madeira, Portugal.

Crew: 11 + 1 in training.

Passengers: 1. And Cash the Dog, of course. Where I go – he goes.

Oh yes, and I’ve published 3 new puzzle books for adults (sudoku, kakuro and picross) in the past month. And there will be more in the next few weeks. A bit later than usual. Sorry. It’s been super busy and hectic the last month or so, moving house and all. Hope you understand. See you soon!

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  1. Showchia
    Posted November 18, 2023 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Wow! What a fun life! On top of solving Killer Sudoku puzzles, I recently picked up growing figs from cuttings as hobby. Madeira Island is famous for its delicious figs! Two of the most desirable figs are from there, Black Madeira figs and White Madeira #1 are considered the best testing in the world! I hope on top of exploring and enjoy your life on the island, you get a chance to try them!
    A long time fan

    • Posted November 18, 2023 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

      Oh, I remember very well that you are a long time follower and participant, Showchia! I’m sorry that I’ve neglected the website for so long and that the old crew has mostly disappeared. So I’m very happy to hear from you.

      Thank you for the tip about the figs. I love the figs and I can’t wait to try them. Will let you know how I like them!

      Best regards

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