Walking and more walking…our ship is docked about a mile from the action so we got very good at estimating how long it took to get the train/bus/bica. Stopped in the post office today (post coffee) – cool do regular daily things in a new city. There was a ticket system that kept order…the ticket had a number that eventually would correspond tot the number of the clerk station – just had to wait for your number to show up on the display. Then there was a ding-dong sound and an announcement of the next number. There were 6 or so stations – only 2-3 of the stations had a person – but the wait was not too long.
This post office had lots of stuff for sale – books, glass cases of crafts and jewelry, decorative bags and knick knack stuff – all Portugal related so it was nice to look at and interesting to see it all. A similar scene at my home post office but the stuff for sale in the USPS seems to all be mail related…
Lunch, then walk. Snack then walk. There are beautiful tiles on most of the buildings in Lisbon – all different in color and pattern. Most are a square 3 x 3 shape and cover a section of the building front. Taking pictures of the tiles became a bit of an obsession – I love them! So artistic and historic.
Then the long walk back to the ship. We had to be back a few hours early to be prepared to help with the gangway situation – not a problem…this part of job is not so fun but it is a chance to chat with people when they are coming home…We waited in a restaurant right next to our ship – nice to get a last snack before getting back on the ship. There was a large student group there too – glad to know they are close to home. A few things happened in this port but overall the great news is everyone returned home to our ship safely…sigh of relief!
Have a Nothing New Day ~Kristin