This is a cou­ple who likes to col­lect, to pick up pieces that make a phys­i­cal me­mory al­bum of the places they’ve seen and the ex­pe­ri­ences they’ve been through

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in hon­our of some of their best-loved ex­otic des­ti­na­tions: Si­trana in Ti­mor, Za­mur in Tu­nisia, Man­ga­lor in In­dia, Xauen in Morocco.

Out­side, na­ture rules. In keep­ing with the sim­ple, laid-back spirit of the place, the gar­den runs wild. It’s a meadow, per­fect for an al fresco lunch, fol­lowed by a nap in the ham­mock in the fresh af­ter­noon breeze.

Sur­pris­ingly, per­haps, life is never lonely at Mux­ima. The re­mote house in the coun­try is of­ten filled with old friends from the har­ried Lis­bon days, who come for a few days to un­wind. Those friends bring their friends. The home that Jorge and Sofia built with love and sweat has earned a name for it­self among their cir­cle as the place to go for a peace­ful break.

Then there are the full-time res­i­dents. The cou­ple’s son, Vin­cent, who started this whole ad­ven­ture rolling, is now five. Kaiser, a “re­tired” dog they in­her­ited, who thinks he owns the place. Manga, the Boxer who came with them from Lis­bon. And the black pig, Eight, who made their lives hell at first, Sofia re­mem­bers, laugh­ing. Half wild boar, in­her­ited from the pre­vi­ous own­ers (per­haps as a po­ten­tial smoked ham), Eight is now a beloved fam­ily pet. Fi­nally, there’s the baby don­key, Ris­cas, which means “stripes” in Por­tuguese, who at one-year-old al­ready helps Jorge in the farm.

These refugees from the ur­ban jun­gle re­built an old house and their lives in their own im­age, and it brought them to the heart of things, home, and fam­ily.

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