And just like that my trip to Portugal is finished. With the snap of a finger, gone are the bright blue skies of Sintra and Lisboa and replaced with them are rain and clouds, the weather that Pittsburgh is so famous for. I truly had a terrific time in the Portuguese speaking part of the Iberian Peninsula and even though it was blazing hot (especially in Lisbon since it’s at sea level), I got some really bad sunburn (one cannot go to southern Europe and expect the sun to cooperate like it does in Belgium and Ireland), and some mosquitos found my right leg decidedly delicious to feast upon one night when dining outside (I got 10 mosquito bites that by the next morning had turned into painful welts), it was still a really memorable trip. I always felt bad for not visiting in college when I was studying in Spain since Portugal is “so close” and yet I’m somewhat glad I never visited. I think as someone in my late 20s, I could appreciate the sights and culture a lot more than back when I was a 20 year old college student.
I took a TON of photos and today have loads of wash and groceries to contend with, but rest assured that photos and posts galore of Portugal will be coming in the days and weeks ahead. For now, I leave you with some of my favorite photos that I took. (And please come back daily as I’ll be back to my more regular posting schedule 🙂 Adeus!