Portugal Time

David and Quinland's view from Graca today.

We first discovered Portugal Time back in 1994. We had come to Portugal to visit our friends Ana Paula and Elisa, and had just arrived in Tabua, Ana Paula’s hometown. We had dinner around 10, friends and relatives were still dropping by around midnight, and we were invited to go out dancing after 2 am, because it would be dead before then.

This way of looking at time suits me fine. I love to stay up late and sleep in! After the chaos of the past two travel days, though, I am really looking forward to being on a daily schedule. I’ve made a list of things I want to make time for every day: prayer/meditation, exercise, studying some books I brought with me, blogging, doing schoolwork with Q.

We also need to spend time planning our upcoming weeks. David is doing a great job of keeping in touch with Portuguese gamers, who are amazingly helpful and friendly. One of them is helping us plan a jaunt around the northern part of the country, which we’ve never visited. It’s hard not to make this “The Year We Went to Portugal,” as there is so much I want to see and do.

Daily Check-In:

  • I’m grateful! for all the extra sleep I got today. David and Q went on an amazing uphill hike, as shown above. I decided to give the leg a good rest.
  • I’m lighter! I know that we are not supposed to spend the trip online, but it has been cool to see people at home in real time!

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