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Friday, January 24, 2020

Portugal: The Northern Part

View from up in the mountains of Northern Portugal
We headed north to a national park called Peneda-Gerês.  A windy mountain road led to the house we stayed in, which was a renovated basement with the owners living above. A steep driveway led to the entrance. The owner advised us not to leave the car parked at the bottom of the drive, as morning frost would make it difficult to get out in the morning. After unloading our suitcases and touring the house, Justin revved the little standard transmission car up the driveway.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Portugal: Óbidos

Foz do Arelho Beach in Óbidos
This is a continuation of our Portugal travels during Christmas and New Years. 

We left our basement apartment in Lisbon for an airy house in the countryside of Óbidos. It was a beautiful setting, complete with farmlands, a lagoon in the distance, and a little café/market up the street. Soon after arriving, I walked up the street to buy some food for the next day or so. The little one room shop had everything we needed, and I couldn’t believe how cheap it all was. Fruits and vegetables, bread, some meat, beans, and nuts were under 12 euro.

Monday, January 6, 2020

Portugal: Lisbon

Christmas day sunrise
Our family excitedly packed up on Christmas Eve and headed to the train station. We were going to Portugal! What an adventure. We would pretend to be Santa, traveling over night to bring Christmas cheer! We took the train to Málaga, where we walked to the nearby bus station. Our bus to Portugal was scheduled to leave at 9:35 pm. We waited in anticipation.