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DO YOU KNOW THAT FEELING OF ‘SAUDADE?’ It does not have an equivalent word in English. We think Huffington Post captured its best description: “Saudade is a Portuguese expression that is almost untranslatable. The best way to describe it is: the presence of absence. It is a longing for someone or something that you remember fondly but know you can never experience again.”

Now that you’ve read what it might mean (imagine, “the presence of absence” — what in the world…) I trust that you can be sure you’ve encountered this feeling before. I did. I still do. Up until today.

Such is the effect of Fado music to my being. Saudade.

Among the treasures that Wiel brought into my life was Fado music. He has a collection of songs by the late Amalia Rodrigues, Portugal’s iconic queen of Fado music; and the greatest living Fado songbird, Christina Branco.

Yesterday, #SecondWindTravelers went to the Fado Museum in Alfama to immerse in the melancholic, bitter-sweet energy of Portugal’s Fado music and history.

For next post: Tomorrow, we’ll sit among the locals of Alfama, share their wine and listen to the neighborhood’s fado performers. (Kanto-kanto lang, as authentic as it can get.)

(An entry to our travel journal, #LisbonDiaries, September 6, 2017.)

A NIGHT OF FADO MUSIC. In a recent post, we shared our visit of the Fado Museum in Lisboa. We were brought back to the time when Portugal’s streets were energized during the era of this melancholic, haunting Portuguese blues.

As ‘fado’ means “fate or destiny,” last night was our destiny to be touched by such beautiful emotions in music.

Second Wind Travelers went to this Alfama neighborhood fado restaurant called Guitarras de Lisbon and joined the mix Portuguese and tourists crowd in celebrating the evening. And hey, we joined the group-singing, too, and it’s in English: “La-la-la, la-la-la,,,”

We video-taped a few; and with due respect to the performers, they were good in their own right. However, our ears were longing for Amalia. Good God, her music lives on in recording (and in Spotify)! So when we get back home, we will have fado nights with friends!

By the way, would you believe we’ve been eating fish EVERYDAY?! Sardinhas and bacalhau for me brings memories of childhood, growing up with my Spanish grandma Natalia and my Chinese grandpa Hilario in Cavite City.

Next post: Second Wind Travelers will share our discovery of the best-tasting sardines and bacalhau in Lisbon!


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