Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lisbon, Portugal

Our first Christmas tree
Dana inside the castle
Overlooking Lisbon from Castello de Sao Jorge
2m waves off the coast
The pier
Beautiful garden in Sintra
Castle in Sintra
On the stairs in Sintra
Castello San de Jorge
Regieira Castle
We took an overnight train from Madrid to Lisbon, needless to say we did not get a goodnights rest! We arrived at 7:30am, and slowly made our way to a suburb of Lisbon where our couch surfing host lives. We walked, then took a train, then a bus (which dropped us off too early), to finally arrive at our meeting place outside the Blockbuster! (yes the same chain as in Canada). Sofia was not there, so we called and she came shortly after. That afternoon she took us to see the town of Sintra. Steve drove her BMW there because Sofia had a sore foot, he thouroughly enjoyed driving! Sofia gave us a guided tour of the national castle even with her being on crutches. We also peeked around the grounds of the Regieira castle. We hung out, ate some tasty Portugese desserts, and sampled Ginja (Portugese liqueur) in a chocolate cup! Sofia made us an amazing Portugese supper with cod and potatoes. The next day Sofia dropped us off in Lisbon and we ventured out on our own. We went inside Castello de Sao Jorge and a church called Se de Lisboa, and enjoyed exploring and taking in the view of the city. Later that night Dana and I cooked for Sofia and Nuno. We really enjoyed hanging out and getting to know them. The next morning we checked out the central market which is a giant flea market, but pretty much a big garage sale. We then caught the train to our help exchange by Pedrogao Grande, central Portugal.

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