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In Lisbon
I stayed in Lisbon for the weekend, and both days slept in until late morning. I don’t think I was that tired, but I seem to sleep longer when it’s colder. On the Saturday we went out for a coffee (espresso) at a local viewpoint, and I managed to offend Daniela by putting both my sugar, and hers in my coffee. It’s not that she wanted the sugar, but to her the idea of sugar in coffee, and definitely TWO sugars in one coffee was just ridiculous. It did taste bad and I don’t recommend anyone else puts that much sugar in a single espresso!

After that, Tiago took me out to do a little sightseeing, and more importantly to get my credential. It cost €1-2 and is for anyone who wants to get a certificate for doing the Caminho Santiago. You’re meant to get it stamped as you go along to prove that you’ve been doing it properly. It’s also asked for by places along the way if you want their help. It specifically says it doesn’t entitle you to anything, but I think it helps to have.

On the Sunday, I went out as a tourist, to both Belêm – where they have most of their things to do with the Age of Discoveries (aka when they were busy colonising) – and to the main downtown area. My three highlights from Belêm are definitely the Torre de Belêm (a UNESCO gorgeous fortress sat in the River Tejo) the Padrão dos Decsrobimentos (a monument showing the main Portugese explorers like Vasco da Gama) and Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (a spectacular UNESCO monastery). If you’re up and about early on Sundays you are allowed into those places for free. I wasn’t so I just went in the church at the monastery.

In the evening I was taken up to the small town of Sintra, another UNESCO site in Lisbon, and then on to Tiago’s mums house where I was introduced to the family. His mum, his step-father and his sister were all at home and the six of us had a thoroughly enjoyable dinner, wrapped up with something that confirmed Daniela’s theory that I was crazy – jelly coffee. I’d mentioned my huge error from earlier, and then when desert was brought out there was some jelly. I jokingly said that I wondered how it would go in a coffee. Daniela looked mortified, especially when Tiago’s mum, a cook, said she though it sounded good, tried it and declared that she liked it! What a lady.

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