August 10, 2009
Sonia's (a Pam Demmer appointed contact) tour of Lisbon, Sintra, Copa Roca, and Caiscais could not be matched. We never would have made it around this city on our own. It is a very cool city, but we are staying pretty far from things in Pammy's sweet donation set-up. So aside from Sonia's tour and a night full of Buenos Aires reminiscent Disco action, we've mostly just hung out at the hotel. It's been a nice time to relax and swim in the pool, but as always when traveling, I get anxious to go go go before I get too relaxed. So, I'm glad to be headed out today. Lisbon is awesome and unique, but it may be a place where traveling Pammy style has the advantage. The intense heat and my extreme head cold are also making me tired yet anxious to get moving. I think about illness less when I'm on the go.
I really dig the history of Portugal: exploration, which makes me so grateful to have come here. It is the furthest western point of continental Europe, and therefore, was the initial departure of many historical, eastern or American bound, journeys. Exploration in any sense is the most captivating action in the world to me. Here, its remnants are represented by a vast amount of diverse art and architecture. Even though I've been tired, sick, and lounging here, I've tried to "explore" by taking in the language, the people, and the variety of cultures intermingling. Lisbon is, relative to all cities that I've been to, the most definitive collaboration of the old and new. With towering modern structures as well as churches and castles that date back centuries, there is much to explore.