Day 761: Food in Portugal

The awful thing about food in Portugal is that it’s more expensive than in Estonia. At least in the smaller “supermercados”, from which we mostly got our groceries. We did stay at an apartment hotel with fancy buffet tables and most other people were devouring loads and loads of food both in the morning and in the evening. But staying at an apartment hotel also means that there’s the possibility to cook your own meals, which we did. This also means that we needed to shop. Every. Single. Day. Occasionally, we did buy more than we needed just for the next meal but usually it simply wasn’t enough. Call it bad planning or increased appetite because of the heavy training load. We were always out of food. And always hungry. At one point, the hotel added an ice cream fridge and a fruit bowl (mostly apples, boring) into the lobby. At first, they only had some iced tea down there, up for grabs. The tea was lovely, in fact, especially after a workout when our bodies were dehydrated anyway. Back to the ice cream. I ate too much of it. Clearly. But after a tough workout, yet another caramel (which tasted more like coffee and I loooove coffee ice cream, what a trap!) treat seemed just the right thing.

We had stocked up on some nuts before we left Estonia but these were soon gone. My husband did buy some new packets but the price was simply horrendous. I think the “per kg” price was something like 4 times higher than the price in Estonia. This translates into a small packet of cashews (150 grams) being sold for 3.95 (EUR). I would never touch such a thing but he did. Even the delicious local oranges, sold by the road, (big net of them only for EUR 2) didn’t save our budget. Thanks to this trip (and at least partially, also thanks to my birthday in the beginning of the month), our food expenses in March seem horrendous. Luckily, we did work quite a lot while in Portugal, exhausting ourselves. Survived. Somehow.

My tip? Whenever possible, go to the bigger supermarkets. Aldi and Lidl are great choices. And when around the Acoteias region or maybe even staying at the Alpinus hotel, prefer the nearby Coviran and Intermarche and stay away from the Sol da Falesia. This one’s a killer.

Progress Report

1. Own and live in a house.

As the deadline was approaching, I spent a large portion of the day indoors, working on a translation.

2. Write AND publish a book.

See above. Still no luck here.

3. Win a major race.

The main focus of the day was, of course, running. Morning jog to the ocean (no swimming for me). Aerobic threshold run on the hard cross-country trail (sand, steep hills, etc.) – went fairly well. I can be happy with the 4.55 min/km pace, I really can. On flat surface and with a mild temperature, I could possibly be 10 seconds/per km faster but this is already good enough. Ended the workout with some uphill and downhill sprints on the grass. Another easy run later in the evening, followed by strength exercises on the beach. Daily total? Well, 30 km.

Photo of the Day

Not the right day but this is how the beach workouts looked like. I’m the one wearing the Estonian flag shirt: blue, black, white.

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