(NOTE: I am writing this post on July 11 whilst in Dublin – getting caught up during my duty day…quiet day….I am so OK with that….)
Headed out fairly early after learning A LOT in last night’s Preport…most importantly – Portugal is not Spain and the language is Portuguese not Spanish. Obvious, I know and I speak very little Spanish anyway but I kept wanting to tryout some Spanish…a few things are the same but not enough to converse…learned enough to get by and most everyone was friendly and helpful. Oh and “desculpe” (pronounced dehshkulpay”) means excuse me. So there’s that. I used that a lot!
Key goodies to be had here on Lisboa (Lisbon in Portuguese) – Bica (strong shots – or two – of espresso called a “duple bica” – yes please). I got hooked within 24 hours and had to recommit to decaf once on the ship. Yikes. Bica good…..add a “pateis de nata” and life overall becomes great. Pateis de nata (pronounced “pastesh duh nahta” is a round, flat, flakey pastry with a custard-y tastiness in the middle, topped with crystalized brown sugar – kind of like how a crème brulee is made. Sold single or in packs of 3-6. OK! Duple bica y uma pateis de nata, por favor!
Went walking around the Barrio Alto – an old, quaint part of the town and did some “eye shopping” as one of my new ship/crew friends, Jill calls window shopping…and actual some real shopping.
The vibe here is celebratory because the World Cup is in progress and will be shown live on a HUGE screen in one of the open town square type areas… USA will play Portugal tomorrow – woo hoo!
Some of it is touristy but most of it is really different and intriguing. There is a pedestrian walkway with shops, street vendors, performers and people from all over the world. Had to pay a little more attention here for pick-pocketers. Also, drugs were offered pretty freely here to us as passersby. Hmmm. We are not in Fairport anymore.
Had a late lunch at an Italian-ish restaurant (delicious) after trying to get to a recommended buffet place called Rosa da Rua located on Rua da Rosa – got there at 2:59pm….they closed at 3. Drats! Most place close for a few hours in the afternoon.
Walked back (a lot of walking!) and hung out on Deck 7 on our ship. The pool is up there and the nice snack bar offers hot, cooked food, smoothies, snacks and sodas during the day and into the night…this is some life. 99% of these students appreciate everything that is done for us. I hope that someday the other 1% get it.
Word of the day is Appreciation…and Tiles….more about the tiles here later….
Have a Nothing New Day! ~Kristin