Portugal
Agueda Municipality

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  • Day8

    Day of the bug

    October 23, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    I woke this morning to see a big fat bedbug climbing up my sleeping sheet. Yuk! Squashed it between my fingers and sure enough, it had just feasted. So a report to the hospitalero, who was very grateful to be told and reacted exactly as one would hope. He said an albergue between Coimbra and Mealhade has a real infestation and the priest there refuses to get proper eradication or control because it costs too much. Which causes a problem further up the line with pilgrims being inadvertent carriers. He drove me to the big laundromat in town and I did the hot dryer thing with bedding and clothes. Luckily I had kept a sealed dry bag of clothes just for this contingency - so changed into those - rather proud of that - it was a Mr Bean effort in front of a plate glass window beside a busy street. The skills one learns at boarding school! No bites showing up yet but I’m prepared with antihistamine at the ready.
    Then another rather trying walk to Águeda where I have a lovely room in a good hotel.
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    Laurie Reynolds

    You and Clare are the bed bug queens. Always prepared and ready to handle the situation. Did you get any visible bite signs? So sorry it happened, Jill, but it couldn’t happen to a more prepared peregrina!

    10/25/18Reply
    Jill Hill

    Yes, Laurie, sure enough the next day a couple of bites appeared - one between my eyelid and eyebrow (trés jollie!), and a couple of others.

    10/25/18Reply
    Merryn Anderson

    Very impressive preparation Jill!

    10/25/18Reply
     
  • Day9

    Its hot Mama!

    October 24, 2018 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    A short 16km walk today after a delicious hotel buffet breakfast. I was planning to walk another 10km but by the time I got going it was quite late, and the heat pulsating waves. Everyone is commenting on how unseasonably warm it is. The forecast for next week is an average of 10degrees lower, a much better temperature for walking.

    Again, a not very exciting walk - lots on road surface, a suburban linear sprawl, one long road bridge over a ravine and a rather insignificant river, a pleasant coffee stop in a nondescript village, and an easy walk through another eucalyptus forest (they are everywhere). Other than a closed ethnographic museum, and a couple of grand houses, one of which had a magnificent fig tree, on which I feasted, there was nothing very much to show.

    I am assured the walk gets better after Porto. Let’s hope so!
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    Laurie Reynolds

    I should have alerted you to the really lovely shady green park in Agueda up the hill (beyond that house you posted a picture of, I think) — tons of painted pigs for some odd reason but it would have been a great place to spend a hot afternoon. Enjoying your posts a lot! The slog into Porto from Grijo is an urban sidewalk the whole way, not a fun way to end a long day if you start in Sao Joao. I’m sure there are urban buses. If you have free time in Sao Joao, on the way out of town is an old hat factory turned into museum. This is where I learned that “mad as a hatter” came from the fact that many hat makers inhaled too much poison and went crazy.

    10/25/18Reply
    Robyn Smith

    Hi Jill Apparently Indian Summer in UK too. Good for figs. So I assume the Portuguese paint their bridgerails yellow. How is your blister? How are you? And the bedbugs? What bad luck.

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Águeda, Agueda, Agueda Municipality