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Made it to Cascais!

The first few days

sunny 25 °C

Emirates flight was excellent. The crew were from many different countries, and the pilot was English. He put the Airbus down so gently there was hardly a bump! Food was good, too.
The Airbnb apartment in Cascais is great. Catarina, the owner, is lovely. She met me at the station, and had the apartment ready with essentials such as milk, coffee, fruit and bread.
My first supermarket shop was an eye-opener! Four bananas for 60 cents (Australian), and three yoghurts in reusable glass pots for $2.
On Friday I met Glaucia and Cezar from Brazil. We've been 'internet pen pals' for 14 years, but this was our first face-to-face meeting! They're really lovely - Glaucia laughing and bubbly, and Cezar very charming. We explored Cascais and Estoril together - walked too many kilometres! The Craft Fair in Estoril - the annual Feira do Artesanato - was in full swing, with some traditional Portuguese crafts, as well as modern ones.
Saturday I did a little more shopping, then some work. Yes, really! I read almost a whole Masters thesis.
Sunday I met my new friends in Lisbon. We queued for nearly two hours (in hot sun :-P) to get into the Torre de Belem. I'd never been inside in all the years I'd lived in Portugal, nor on subsequent visits. Apart from climbing the 120 steps to the top of the tower, there was nothing much to see. Save 6 euros and photograph it from the outside!
Monday was a full day in Sintra, which was great. We visited the Palacio da Pena, which is having a lot of work done to it - a good sign during this time of economic crisis. We spent a couple of hours at the nearby Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle). Everyone who's ever been there with me loves it - it's a beautiful spot. Since last year there's been a lot of work done, including a small visitor's centre and cafe; it's all been done really well, not intrusive at all.
Today it's down to work - a few hundred inscriptions to translate!

Posted by suziqed 02:56 Archived in Portugal Comments (0)

Brisbane to Cascais, Portugal

PhD research starts here!

sunny

Leaving tonight for Portugal via Dubai. Flying Emirates - 14.5 hours to Dubai, then another 8.5 hours to Lisbon, after a 1.5 hour stop-over. Reach Lisbon at 12:45, and hopefully get to the apartment in Cascais by 14:30.
Catarina is picking me up from Cascais Station, and taking me to the Airbnb accommodation.
Friday I'll be meeting Cezar and his family from Brazil - on-line friends for 14 years but this is our first meeting!
Saturday will be a research day at Museu Sao Miguel de Odrinhas, an archaeological museum just north of Sintra, which has lots of Latin inscriptions.
This is really just a trial post to make sure the blog is working, and I can keep up with everyone without having to loads heaps of photos on FB
pages :-)

Posted by suziqed 22:01 Archived in Portugal Tagged de museu sao miguel cascais odrinhas Comments (1)

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