Last August the stars aligned and I went back to southern Portugal. Although slightly reluctant about returning and without knowing what to expect, I felt very comfortable the minute I stepped out of the plane. It was great to see what had changed in my nearly 8 year-long absence, and what hadn’t (some things just never do…). All my old friendships turned out to be well alive, people have kept me in their hearts (as I have kept them in mine) and it almost felt as if I’d never left. I had an absolute blast of a time among all these good people in this beautiful place, at the edge of Europe.