Just like many a thousand Scot did 53 years ago when Celtic’s Lisbon Lions became the first British club to win the European Cup.
Scots have long had a special relationship with Portugal with it truly being for many back in the day their first foray off this isle.
So amid all the gloom Portugal’s return to the UK exempt list where we don’t have to self-isolate on our return is truly welcome.
And it is good to see that my new local, Edinburgh Airport is reaching out.
Where a lie-in in Fatima is disturbed by the Church bells beckoning you to give praise to Our Lady.
Make ski and mend
And a shout-out here to my old pal and contributor and multi award-winning ski writer Catherine ‘Murphski’ Murphy.
For whom lockdown has been torture because she had to spend half the year down here in the valleys with the rest of us.
Catherine has though flagged up some skiing in Ireland.
No, she wasn’t hallucinating.
Rather it is sand skiing in the west of Ireland in Co. Mayo.
And if you thought that was mad then in outdoorsy Colorado I only looked out the coach window to find a woman skiing along the road.
On the lay-by in the heart of summer.
Skiheads will grab their pleasures where they fond them.
And in Ireland, that means the Ski Club of Ireland in Kilternan in Co. Wicklow. And you can always ski home down the road.
A day at my Turkish barber’s
The conversation turns at the barber’s, as it always will, to where you’ve been, or are planning to go, on holiday.
Only in these COVID days even the most intrepid traveller is mostly confined to barracks.
But while we wait around to get back on the road we can reminisce.
Which is what I’ve been doing with my new Turkish pals at the barber’s shop in North Berwick, south of Edinburgh.
Mohammed flagged up the virtues of the capital, Ankara.
Which I’ve long known about from my old buddy Ireland’s Mr Turkish Airlines himself, and fellow Ankara native Onur.
All of which reminisces are well and fine but we must look to the future and researching a trip I’ll keep on the lowdown for now I came across…
My friends at Intrepid Travel are offering £1 deposits for holidays for 2021.
Which includes 15 days Turkey Encompassed from £1186 (down from £1475) starting and finishing in incredible Istanbul.
And taking in Cappadocia, the islands off Kepova, the ancient ruins of Ephesus, the hot springs of Pammukale and the war memorial at Gallipoli.