I was sitting in a garden on a very beautiful Algarve Sunday morning. The sun was shining and flowers were still in bloom … bliss! I had just had a bad night’s sleep and woke up feeling a bit groggy, but the beautiful morning made me realise that this was the reason I had moved here five years ago. Also, the friendliness of the Portuguese to me, a foreign resident, the great sense of family and community spirit.
Then, out of the blue, it struck me: a thought so simple that I don’t know why I hadn’t thought about it before. I live in Silves and had started to notice a few local shops closing down. So, I made a New Year’s resolution: I will shop locally, use the local market and buy my fish from the nice, old man on his motorbike. This would be a resolution that if I kept would help the local community and maybe help me improve my Portuguese!
Editor: Although our letters policy states that no anonymous letters will be printed, I thought that this one would have to be a clear exception. Dear Anonymous, thank you for your thoughts which I hope will be shared by many of our readers. Local traders will be thankful!