Fast forward fourteen years, and the painfully shy, never-been-out-of-Brazil woman is an International Woman of Substance. She's a worker for Médecins Sans Frontières (Once again for the slow folks in the back: that's Doctors Without Borders), living in Lisbon for the last few years. As part of her job, she's lived/worked in Mozambique, Malawi, Peru, and Ecuador. She who was once incredibly shy and quiet is a force to be reckoned with! I can see another strong young woman doing something similar - one that has my genetic material.
We had a great meal and I hope we can get together again before I leave. Who knows, with Omicron, further travels may be limited. I can think of many, and much, worse places to be "stuck" than here in Lisbon. One thing to note, in order to eat inside some restaurants, diners need the digital EU Certificate of Vaccination. US citizens are not eligible for it, as far as I know, regardless of vaccination status. I have a digital cert, and a photo of my card, and it was only by the grace of the proprietor that I was allowed to remain inside. Something I need to take into account.
Anywhoo, here's what everyone really visits this blog for: photos. BTW, Lisbon lights it up for the holiday.