Happy November! For those Yankee Doodle Dandies – Happy Thanksgiving!
Everything you need to know about registering for activities can be found either in this Newsletter or on our website www.iwpportugal.org
Our 30th Anniversary Party is a definite highlight this month. We have easily reached our capacity of 70 members and look forward to welcoming each of you to the charming Cultural Centre in Cascais. No tickets will be available at the door – this event is SOLD OUT. More details below.
Good news for our coffee lovers …. another Coffee Morning is starting this month! Details below and also on the website! THANK YOU SO MUCH Jaqueline and Risa!
A few of this month’s highlights in date order are:
COFFEE MORNINGS IN LISBON ARE HERE!– Wednesdays, starting Nov. 3rd. 10:30am Members Jacqueline Chia and Risa Heywood have offered to co-captain a gathering at the La Villa Ristorante e Pizzeria, Campo dos Mártires da Pátria, 1150-317 Lisboa
Take any of these buses from Praça Commercio – 732, 736, 760 or you can also take the subway from Rossio to Intendente and walk 7 mins / 700 m.
The restaurant is in a beautiful garden with a pond, ducks, chickens etc and a memorial. It has both a large indoor and outdoor space. It is located on the hill of Santana, one of Lisbon’s seven hills close to Avenida Liberdade. email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions, otherwise, just turn up!
30TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION – Friday, Nov. 5th 5:30 – 7pm Meet Founders, past IWP Presidents and current members at the Cascais Cultural Centre as we reflect on 30 years of IWP and how it continues to impact and serve a wide purpose in our community of international women.
TEA and a TALK – Wednesday, Nov. 10th. 3pm – 5pm Great news! We have a new venue for this activity which will allow more attendees than in our IWP office space. We will gather upstairs at the Duke Pub Restaurant in the centre of Cascais. The owner, Duarte, will offer refreshments for you to purchase. This month is a double-header on health and nutrition. You won’t want to miss Dorothy Byres’ story of a challenging cancer diagnosis and Taliaden Dulk will be speaking about how diet and genetics influence our longevity, energy and overall quality of life. Limit 30 attendees. email: email@example.com to reserve a spot.
BODYMINDSPIRIT is BACK! – Thursday, Nov. 11th – 2pm – 3.45pm Member Ceu Carvalho is once again scheduling her small discussion group with space for just six ladies. She will facilitate a monthly discussion using inspiration from books, films and personal experiences. The group will consider best ways to deal with life using the body, mind and spirit as a whole. Meeting venue is pending but email Ceu for details. email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
IWP DRINKS at the Baia Hotel – Friday, Nov. 12th. 6 – 8pm Again, we will be downstairs in the bar area of the hotel. Let Heather Dennis know if you have a guest and when we close registration on Wed. Nov. 10th, we will let you know if there is space available. Limit 50 attendees. email: email@example.com to reserve a spot.
LUNCH OUT! – Thursday, Nov. 25th – 1pm Atira-te ao Rio Restaurant atirateaorio.com is their website. R. do Ginjal 69, 2800-284 Almada, Lisbon email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
and in other news …
SAVE THE DATE! Our trivia guru, Heather Evans, has offered to run another fun quiz night on Sunday, Dec. 5th, upstairs at the Duke Pub in Cascais. Final details will be in December’s Newsletter but sign up as a group or a single and we’ll team you up. There is a limit on numbers so that we feel COVID-comfortable in the space. There will be prizes as usual! email: email@example.com to reserve a spot
SAVE ANOTHER DATE! Our fabulous friendly flower arranger at the Cascais Market has agreed to hold a Wreath Making Workshop on December 10th at 10am. The cost is €28 and space is limited to 15 people. Tickets will go on sale on December 1st via the website. No prior reservations will be taken.
REMEMBER THE SHOEBOXES WE FILLED LAST DECEMBER?
IWP has an on going collaboration with Junta de Freguesia de Cascais e Estoril (villages) who currently support more than 150 families who are not benefiting from food banks and cannot feed themselves or provide for their families..around Christmas time.
Last December, we donated gifts for the ‘lady of the house’ and this year we’ll do the same, but we’ll use our IWP tote bags instead of boxes. Anything you think would be appreciated, such as shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, a toothbrush, toothpaste, perhaps a hairbrush, lip balm, nail polish, hand cream, soap. a box of tissues or some packs of sweets are welcome. We will be handing out ready to go bags and ties (see pic below) at our Anniversary Party and other events during November so that we can be ready for a December delivery.
The date and details of where to drop off your bags will be in our December Newsletter.
Here’s an example of how the bag might look ….tuck the handles inside and put a box of tissues or sweeties/candy at the bottom to give it a good ‘base’. Then pop a few other items on top – it doesn’t need a lot to become an appreciated gift from the heart …
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:at SFA Cascais, an Animal Protection Shelter for dogs and cats who are needing affection, socialization, and walking in the nearby rural areas, of Alcabideche, Cascais. The shelter started in 2001 and presently has 300 dogs and 200 cats most of which are looking for a loving and responsible family. SFA has managed to rescue nearly 8.900 within the Cascais area since the started. They have also developed their own Veterinary Clinic which takes care of all the pets they have under their charge. Their main objective is to guarantee stray or abandoned animals a temporary home. Contact Barbara to set up a visit. Barbara Nabo, tel: 918847608 email:firstname.lastname@example.org site:www.sfacascais.pt
This month we are talking with Caroline Brackel – Kool. (by Sandra De Haan) Caroline lived in Holland until she was in her thirties. When her boyfriend Jan was offered a job in Vienna they decided to get married and three days after the wedding, left Holland and have not gone back to live there since. Having no children, no job and a husband who was away a lot, it was a difficult start for Caroline in Austria, until a secretarial job at the Dutch Embassy allowed her to meet and finally make some friends. Three years later, Jan took a job in Surrey, England and happily, Caroline soon found a group called The Dutch Women of Surrey where she made a lifelong friend who introduced her to hiking and helped her find a job at the Dutch School. She loved her new hobby and her work! Four years later, another job took them to Harrogate in North Yorkshire. Caroline became a member of the notorious Harrogate Ramblers, hiking in any and all kinds of weather around the area known for its outstanding natural beauty. 2007 saw a return to Austria – this time, to Styria, in the capital Graz. Although there was an International Women’s Association of Graz, it didn’t offer enough activities of the kind that Caroline wanted – so she advertised in the newsletter for women to join her on weekly hikes and soon ‘The Walkie Talkies’ were born! By the end of 2012 Jan had decided to retire – but where to go? The Netherlands? Somewhere new? They decided to live in the South of France in Provence. Caroline joined the ‘International Women of Provence’ and met many Dutch people who were either there permanently or who had second homes in the area. Jan and Caroline both like adventures, so when somebody mentioned Portugal to them, they decided to take a look at the country and at the end of 2015, rented an apartment for six weeks in Cascais. After just one week walking around they said, WE’D LOVE TO LIVE HERE! In 2016, they sold their house in France and bought an apartment in Guia. Caroline is a happy lady, forever young at heart, loves and appreciates her life and feels like she is still on her honeymoon. At this moment she and Jan have no plans to move again, but never say never!!
Caroline’s quote: ‘The IWP with so many members and nationalities, it might look as though many of us enjoy the life of a nomad. Each choice we made: was it the right one? we don’t know but we only live once!’