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.
- 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.
- No matter what photo I post it won’t do any justice to the beauty I saw with my eyes.
- If you don’t like hills, steps, or walking just don’t bother to visit Lisbon, or Porto either.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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…