The first days after the fires in Central Portugal, the focus was on investigating the damage, and that of family and friends, and letting everyone know that you were safe and sound. It’s only now, two weeks later, that I feel we can pick up our daily routines again.
I was always intrigued by the North American snowbirds portrayed in the Louis Theroux documentary, but I didn’t know that Europe has such a big population of travelling pensioners.
I wondered if there was any point to taking part in marches to highlight climate change, or doing – or not doing – anything. But the fact is – everything we do has an effect on ourselves, others and the environment. Maybe we should be careful we don’t do anything too extreme.
There is a lot about Portugal that could tempt any nomad into becoming a local. The food is certainly a great attraction.
I don’t want to play down the seriousness and complexity of terrorism and the impact it can have on our lives and our feeling of security. But even so, I am amazed and feel worried to see how a gradual change in response seems to go almost unnoticed.