“Saudade,” the famous Portuguese word that has no apt translation, could be described as a profound state of longing for something you love. It has become a thread that runs through all aspects of Portuguese society, the foundation of its mentality, a tune that always plays subtly in the background. It has become a Portuguese way of life.
A view of the municipality of Vila Velha de Rodao, Portugal. Matt McClain/The Washington Post Buy Photo