Street scene Portugal. © John MacPherson


I’ve often wondered what words passed between these men……..

“Is it that way, to where I need to be?”

“Am I going in the right direction to get to the place I want to see?”

“Is this the quickest way to get to somewhere?”

“Will going this way avoid somewhere else?”

“Have you ever been down there?”

But it didn’t really matter to me. I knew where I was.  In the right place, at the right time.

And just had to press the button.

  • More likely they where saying: Have you been to the pubtoday ? The cook has made some fantastic “pastelinhos de bacalhau” (fried codfish pies).
    But you’re right, it’s not important and you where in the right place 🙂

    • Thanks Mario. Lovely country, and very friendly and welcoming people.

John MacPherson was born and lives in the Scottish Highlands. He trained as a welder in the Glasgow shipyards, before completing an apprenticeship as a carpenter, and then qualified as a Social Worker in Disability Services. Along the way he has cooked on canal barges, trained as an Alpine Ski Leader & worked as an Instructor for Skiers with disabilities, been a canoe instructor, and tutor of night classes in carpentry, stained glass design and manufacture, and archery. He has travelled extensively on various continents, undertaking solo trips by bicycle, or motorcycle. He has had narrow escapes from an ambush by terrorists, been hit by lightning, caught in an erupting volcano, trapped in a mobile home by a tornado, kidnapped by a dog's hairdresser, rammed by a basking shark and was once bitten by a wild otter. He has combined all this with professional photography, which he has practised for over 35 years. He teaches photography and acts as a photography guide & tutor in the UK and abroad. His biggest challenge is keeping his 27 year old Land Rover 110 on the road. He loves telling and hearing stories.

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