Welcome to the IWP Newsletter – August 2022

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Welcome to the IWP Newsletter
August 2022 

Located near the historic Belem Tower and the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos in Belem in the west of Lisbon, the Monument to the Discoveries (Padrão dos Descobrimentos) was built as a memorial to Portugal’s Age of Discoveries, when Portuguese seafarers and explorers were some of the first westerners to sail the globe.
Dear Members – Warm August Greetings … !

IMPORTANT NEWS FOR SINTRA WALKERS:  We are still without rain and dealing with the consequences. Seeing the awful fires that have spread up and down the country has been heartbreaking. The walks had some July cancellations and going forward, the leaders will determine WEEK BY WEEK whether or not a walk can take place.  Please keep tabs on the Sintra Walks webpage and also the Facebook Forum for updates and details.

Speaking of last minute changes – a huge thank you to Flavia Soares who stepped up and gave a wonderful talk about the Camino de Santiago at our July Tea & Talk. The audience was already assembled when we learned that our scheduled speaker had been called away for an emergency.  It was a ‘meant to be’ moment and Flavia won the day! More Camino info can be found at the bottom of this Newsletter. 

Thanks also to our July Board Meeting visitors who came to the office and listened in to ‘IWP Behind the Scenes’! We are in need of a President, Vice President and Secretary to take the reins, starting January 2023. If any of you think you might enjoy a role and have questions – feel free to drop me a private line at executivepresident.iwp@gmail.org or call  912 535 859.

And this month’s final thank yous go to Oonagh Hodges, who has passed the Captain’s baton for the Monday Paredão walk over to Jo Allen

A request: are any of you ladies qualified accountants? If not – might you know someone who is? We would love to find a volunteer to oversee and sign off on our finances at the end of the year. The work is not complicated – if you like numbers – this may be your chance to help us! 

And another request:  please think about a topic that might be of interest for our monthly Tea & Talk. If you personally don’t have anything fascinating or useful to share (although we bet you actually do …. )  maybe you know someone who does!  Please send any suggestions to Linda Teixeira at designatemember.iwp@gmail.com

NO OFFICE HOURS IN AUGUST:  but Heather Dennis will still be available at the Cascais Coffee Mornings on Tuesdays to help with website RSVPs, ticket purchases, membership renewals and any other website questions.
Some dates for your calendar – 
PICNIC IN THE PARK! – Friday, August 5th – 5:30pm onwards.  Parque Marechal Carmona,  Praceta Domingos D’Avilez Av. da República, Cascais
Enter the main gate and immediately turn left. More details on the webpage.
Show us what you’ve got! Finger food from your country of origin (or anywhere else for that matter) will be the focus of a casual get together. Bring enough to feed your specific group (family and houseguests welcome) plus a little more to share. LABEL ANYTHING THAT HAS NUTS IN IT!  (We’re talking food here ladies – not the Exec. Board!) Please provide your own plates, napkins, cups and cutlery, along with drinks that you’ll enjoy. Something to sit on – a blanket or beach chair and you’re set! No dogs please.
Reserve your spot: https://iwpportugal.org/events/iwp-pot-luck-picnic-in-the-park-cascais

DRINKS AT THE BAIA ROOFTOP BLUE BAR – Thursday, August 11th. 6pm – 8pm
Please let us know if you have booked a spot and then find that you cannot attend. We usually have a wait list and can move quickly to accommodate members if we know that spots have opened up. Contact person/email is Heather Dennis at secretary.iwp@gmail.com

Reserve your spot:  https://iwpportugal.org/events/iwp-drinks-at-the-baia-hotel-2

TEA & TALK – Wednesday, August 17th. 3pm – 4:30pm. Cascais Library,  Av. Costa Pinto 27, 2750-431 Cascais

What would lead someone who is disabled to get up on the back of a horse and find the activity therapeutic and enjoyable? Join us as IWP member Penny Vaudoyer tells us about the amazing and rewarding work that she and other volunteers do at AHT – Associação Hipica Terapeútica https://www.aht.org.pt    Limited to 25 seats.
Reserve your spot: https://iwpportugal.org/events/tea-talk

LISBON TILE MUSEUM – Wednesday, August 31st –10:30 am – 2:30pm
Come and visit the wonderful Museo Nacional do Azulejo. Paint a tile, take a self guided tour and learn about the history of Portuguese tiles. Stay for an optional lunch at the museum cafe. 
Reserve your spot: https://iwpportugal.org/events/national-tile-museum-museo-nacional-do-azulejos-lisbon

A new Lisbon activity – Walk ‘n’ Talk – will start sometime in August! Details are still being worked out so look for updates on our Facebook Forum page. The walks will be on a Monday morning in different parts of Lisbon. A great idea from two Lisbon members!

coming up in September … (but always subject to change) – Fado night in Estoril – Ajuda Palace, Crown Jewels and lunch – a Sunset Social and a not to be missed Tea and Talk!

Coffee Mornings – Tuesdays in Cascais, Wednesdays in Lisbon

Come on down and join us at the Cascais Market Café each Tuesday morning at 10:30 am.   We have about two dozen of the most fun people who are there to meet and greet. Don’t be shy – it’s an easy place to start making friends.
OR …. join the Lisbon crowd each Wednesday at 10:30 am at Pastelaria Açucar e Canela, Ave. Duque de Avila 6, Lisbon 1000-029
Want a quick way to increase your social circle? Go to both!

The Camino is a pilgrimage which is a tradition dating back over 1000 years. The most well known and most popular is the Camino Frances.  Many people have only heard of this one but there are others although less known and less travelled.  The Caminho Portugues is the second most popular Way.
There are at least seven different ways that lead to Santiago. The most famous is The French Way – El Camino Francés that starts in Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port/Donibane Garazi, in the French Basque Country, or alternatively in Roncesvalles/Orreaga, located on the Spanish side of the border. Other ways are: The Portuguese Way (El Camino Portugués), The English Way (El Camino Inglés), The Original Way (El Camino Primitivo), The Northern Way (El Camino del Norte), The Silver Way (La Vía de la Plata), The Winter Way (Camino de Invierno) or many others like a Tours route, Vézelay route, Arles route or Madrid route. The natural extension of the pilgrimage to Santiago is the route from Santiago to Fisterra – a small and beautiful village at the seaside known also by its Latin name Finisterre, which literally means “the end of the land/world”.
In times past, The Camino de Santiago was undertaken as a religious pilgrimage. In modern times, it is no longer strictly a religious undertaking. Among the reasons cited are spiritual, cultural, personal challenge. To obtain the Compostela certificate only religious or spiritual reasons are accepted.
As I mentioned I have walked part of the Portuguese Central Camino twice, both times starting at Valenca do Minho on the Portuguese/Spanish border.
The first one in May of 2016 we took a detour from the Central Way in Pontevedra to join the Spiritual Variant and later rejoined the Central Route. Here’s the link  https://mywaytosantiagoblog.wordpress.com/
Unfortunately, the way blogs work is that the first thing you see is the last blog entry.  So please scroll all the way down until you find DAY 1.
In July of 2019, I joined my friends to walk from Santiago to Finisterre.  Scroll until you find the entry Another Camino July 2019. Here’s the link https://ourwaytomuxiafinisterre.blogspot.com/
I hope you enjoy reading!  You were a great audience.  Thank you!
Member Highlight
This month we meet Sharon Wake.
(by Joy Davenport)

Sharon was born in Brisbane, Australia to a British father and Australian mother. She left Australia for the UK when she was 21, (1975) and began her career in accounting. She worked at Grosvenor House Park Lane in London for four years before making a change to an audio/visual company where she met her husband Roger, a recording engineer. They married in 1982, and have three daughters.
In 2002 on a holiday, their cruise landed them in Funchal, Madeira. Sharon and her husband were struck by the affable nature of the Portuguese people, especially in contrast to other places they’d travelled. The natural beauty of Funchal also reminded her a bit of her native Australia. It wasn’t long before they scheduled another holiday, this time to the mainland of Portugal which brought them to Cascais.
They purchased a vacation home in Parede, and several years later retired to the area. Shortly after her move here she began volunteering at Trash and Treasure, a charity organization where she met a group of women who introduced her to the International Women of Portugal organization.
Sharon’s face lights up when she talks about the IWP. From the beginning, she began to form amazing friendships, and when the IWP was seeking board members in September of 2010, she put her name forward for treasurer. She never served as the treasurer, but as fate would have it, Sharon actually became the IWP President.  She figured between her many years in accounting, and her success with running a translation company for eight years, she could do the job.
She loves coffee mornings, Arraiolos rug making and fondly recalls an IWP event that was called “International Day” where women would get together and bring a dish to share from their native countries.
She travels often to the UK to spend time with her daughters, extended family, and to tend her garden. When she is in Portugal, she loves to attend IWP functions and stresses the wonderful friendships that she established since joining.
She is still passionate about the IWP and stated that “Portugal wouldn’t be Portugal without the IWP.”
Sharon is still active in the organization as a member of the Fnancial Review Board, as well as admin of the IWP (public) Facebook page.

Portugal’s state of alert has been extended to the end of August.
Wearing a Mask is no longer compulsory in public spaces such as shopping centres and schools although some restrictions do remain.
Masks are recommended to be worn in health centres and other healthcare facilities, nursing and residential care homes. Also on Public Transport; aeroplanes, buses, taxis and trains and the metro.

Best wishes,

Louise Strasenburgh
Executive President of IWP
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