Fulbright in Portugal

Steve Doig in Lisbon August-December 2010

Lisbon skyline

Boa viagem…

We’re packed. Four duffel suitcases filled with two seasons worth of clothes, plus other essentials. For cooking, two good chef’s knives and two microplanes (Ellyn is a great cook). For work and entertainment, two laptops, Kindle, iPad, European phones, camera and bags of chargers, cables, batteries, etc. For my class and workshops, I sent ahead a box with more than 40 pounds of books ($450 via UPS — yikes!) For the bureaucracy, our passports, marriage license, birth certificates, and Fulbright documents. For belt-and-suspenders peace of mind, copies of medical prescriptions and the fronts and backs of credit cards and the passports.

Our condo is in lock-and-leave shape, with friends who will cull our mail and stop by occasionally to flush the toilets. We’ve said our goodbyes to our friends and colleagues, and particularly to our children and grandchildren in Colorado and Florida, as well as to our far-flung other relatives. We’ve told them all to make sure Skype is loaded on their computers so we can video-chat regularly.

We leave Phoenix tomorrow morning, flying to Philadelphia. After a layover of a couple of hours, we take off for Lisbon in time to arrive about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. When we touch down, an adventure that started about 16 months ago, when I first considered applying for this Fulbright chair, will really be underway.

2 Responses to “Boa viagem…”

  1. August 16th, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Mariam says:

    Welcome to Portugal ! You could have also brought a cast iron pan along, as they are hard to come by over here … I laughed at the microplanes – once you’ve tried it, nothing else will do, I agree, and so far I have not seen any on sale near where I kive. Hope you find the time to come north too as an invited speaker.

  2. August 17th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Kristi says:

    Hope travels all went well! We enjoyed your Ignite presentation yesterday via video at the Cronkite retreat!

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