So my hashtag for this 35th year of life has been #evolveexploreexperience.

My goal was to blog my way through Portugal and share as I went along with the journey. But I was too busy enjoying moments and being present (in both good and bad moments) to even think about a blog.

I’ve been trying to think how I’m going to share about this trip. I JUST got back, I’m jet-lagged, my feet are still swollen and my joints achy from the flights and layovers, and I’m super tired… but I had to share just a little bit.

So here are my SEVEN Portugal takeaways that I’ll share now. Then I’ll come back with a post or two with photos and details in the next week, ok maybe month.

  1. One week just isn’t enough time. There is so much to see. I tackled Porto, Amarante, Pinhão, Lisbon, Sintra, and Cascais in a week. I could have spent a week alone wandering through Lisbon.
  2. No matter what photo I post it won’t do any justice to the beauty I saw with my eyes.
  3. If you don’t like hills, steps, or walking just don’t bother to visit Lisbon, or Porto either.
  4. I didn’t have a bad meal in the country. I had a few odd ones but none were bad. Also I ate cheap and a 4euro bottle of sparkling wine was some of the best I had.
  5. Travel with like-minded people. I’ve learned this year that all friends aren’t made to travel with. I lucked out on this trip to be with great people both legs.
  6. Pastel de nata. They are SO good. I ate them in every place I visited and had no guilt because on average I was walking 9 miles a day. But seriously try them. Also the travesseiros (pillow pastry) in Sintra, equally amazing, but different.
  7. Be open. Be open to traveling to new places,Portugal was never on my list but I got a great deal). Be open to engaging with new people, most of the people I was with on the trip I met through a travel group and I had a great time with them all. Be open to change, my trip started out with everything that could go wrong going wrong. But I kept going.

The trip was amazing. But I’m tired. So I’ll be back to share more…

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