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Portugal sits on the Western edge of Europe, and has had humans living in its valleys and shores for 400,000 years. From the prehistoric to Art Deco, Portugal has all kinds of monuments to explore. The Roman and Moors both ruled ancient Portugal for centuries – their touch is unmistaken. But what about other ancient people who came, and saw, and conquered? Their presence is a bit harder to find, but excavations and discoveries in recent decades have cast more light on the ancient invaders of Portugal. Read more →


Eça de Queiroz was the master of social cirticism, painting the weakness and failure of society with a vivid brush.  In his 1880 dark comedy, O Mandarim, he offers an allegory of a greedy society, exploring the balance between wealth and the value of a human life. It is a story that remains relevant. Read more →


For Portugal, 1958 was a year that would finally see the last remnants of democracy crumble. The “Estado Novo” had held regular elections since coming to power in the 1920s, but the 58 Presidential elections where the first were the opposition was able to really challenge the power of Prime Minister António de Oliveira Salazar. Read more →


Portugal has no entrance exam.  But it is sneaking up on 900 years of existence.  Like a good glass of wine there are many flavors, and hues Last year we offered our tongue-in-cheek Portuguese citizenship exam. It gained a few comments, and stumped a few people. As a result, here is the 2nd round of “So you think you know Portugal.” And the questions just got a tad harder. Read more →


This happened with other European nations as well. But, in Portugal – once the dark night of fascism ended, the dictatorship was gone – but its propaganda remains. In fact, I often have to pause and explain to colleagues that calling Portugal’s golden age an “Age of Discovery” can come off as colonialism and racist. Read more →