Praça de São João

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  • Day1


    August 15, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Ihr Lieben, die letzte findpenguins Reise ist nun schon fast 1 Jahr her. Und Madeira möchte ich für mich und für Euch auf jeden Fall festhalten.
    Um 1,5 Jahre verschoben habe ich mich heute auf den Weg auf die Blumeninsel gemacht. 3 Uhr aufstehen und ganz viel Nervosität vorm check-in. Hab ich alles?? Immerhin brauche ich 3 Barcodes. Portugal Einreise, Madeira Einreise und impfcode.
    Hat alles wunderbar geklappt, hab aber auch Leute gesehen, die nix davon vorbereitet hatten. Der arme Mann am Gate in Hamburg hatte morgens um 4 also schon nen mega Start in den Tag.
    Ich hatte nen tollen Sitznachbarn von HH nach Lissabon, ein Deutscher mit Wohnsitz in Miami, der für den IWF (intl. Währungsfond) arbeitet, 6 Sprachen spricht und die ganze Welt bereist hat. Was für ein schöner Auftakt.
    Und plötzlich erinnerte ich mich wieder an das schöne Gefühl, was lange verloren zu sein schien!! Ich bin wieder on the road 😀
    Bis die Tage.
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    Mo Na

    Eine wunderbare Reise für Dich - ich freue mich über die Bilder und den Blog 😃

    World in my eyes

    Danke Du Liebe😘😘😘

    Yvonne Herold

    Oh wie schön! Freue mich für dich 😘

    World in my eyes

    Danke Yvonnsche. Miss you!!!

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  • Day145

    Porto to Lissabon

    November 19, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    Schon wieder neigt sich die Portugalreise dem Ende zu. Viel konnten wir in den letzten 19 Tagen entdecken. Von Städten, über Küsten bis hin zu Stränden - alles war dabei.
    Das Wetter hat uns nie im Stich gelassen, ausser in den ersten beiden Tagen. Ansonsten hatten wir täglich Sonnenschein und blauen Himmel.

    Heute verlassen wir das Airbnb in Porto um 10 Uhr.
    Wir haben eine 5.5 stündige Autofahrt vor uns, denn wir umfahren die Mautstrasse und sparen so 22 Euro. 👀🤭 Kilometermässig fahren wir so lediglich 3km mehr.
    Unterwegs halten wir in Batalha und schauen uns dort eine alte Kirche an. Die Pause nutzen wir auch gerade, um das Steuer zu übergeben. 😊
    Nach zuerst 3 fahern wir dann nochmals 2.5 Stunden, bis wir in Lissabon, in unserer letzten Wohnung, ankommen. Dort kaufen wir fürs letzte Znacht ein, waschen die Kleider und gehen früh schlafen.
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  • Day9

    Romans and the moorslayer

    November 14, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 14 °C

    Weekend trips go fast! Today we decided to head to Miróbriga, site of a Roman town. It isn’t as spectacular as Conímbriga further up north, but we enjoyed walking all around, climbing up and down around the baths, the forum, the rows of shops. No mosaics, but there were a couple of rooms with some paintings.

    Then a stop in Santiago do Cacém, where there is a hilltop castle (much more impressive from the outside, because nothing much other than the local cemetery is located inside) and a church dedicated to Santiago. Not the peaceful loving Santiago the pilgrim, but the Santiago the moorslayer.

    After a lunch in a small local restaurant in the middle of the old town, we headed “home” to the Marriott. Workout done, we will go get some grilled fish in just a few minutes. Not that we have been deprived of grilled fish, by any means! Back to work tomorrow.
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  • Day1


    August 2, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Anders als geplant, starten wir unser Abenteuer in Europa - Auswandern light sozusagen, bevor‘s dann am anderen Ende der Welt richtig losgeht. Fazit: Warten auf ein indonesisches Arbeitsvisum bei Strand, Meer und Sonnenschein - could be worse!Read more

    Jana Haltinner

    ääm warum sind er jetzt in Portugal?😂🙋🏼‍♀️


    Schaltisch gärn wänd stosch immer wider vom 1. in neutrala und wuder zrugg? 😜

    Gerold Lustenberger

    Hey, cool isch es losgange. Ech wünsch Euch alles Gueti und blibid gsund und zwäg!

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  • Day182

    Keine Zeit zum Sterben

    December 4, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    Endlich mal wieder Kino 🎬 James Bond 🍿
    Großartig. Sogar mit Portugiesischem Untertitel ☺️
    Tolle Aufnahmen auch aus Norwegen 😍, dat hätten wir nicht besser machen können

    Danke nochmal an der Stelle Bruderherz, dass du mir das Ende verraten hast 👏

    So günstig waren wir seit Ewigkeiten nicht mehr im Kino. Eine Karte 6 Euro 🥳
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  • Day13

    Last day teaching and Camino meetup

    November 18, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    We didn’t have much time for a long walk this morning, so we went down to my favorite sock store, Pedemeia. (Portugal makes wonderful high quality socks – who knew?). It’s located next to what they call the Loja do Cidadão, the Citizen’s Store.

    It’s a great concept — all public utilities, government services, etc. have a counter in this large place. Phone companies, electric utility, gas, drivers license, passport, labor questions, it’s all under one roof. When you enter, there’s an automated kiosk, so you can get your number for the place you want to go. The one I like best, but would dearly hate to go to, is the one for “I lost my wallet.”

    As always, class went quickly, and now it’s over! I just can’t bring myself to consider that this might be the last year so I will just keep my hopes up.

    The day ended with a real treat, a get together of five members of the online camino forum. We met, appropriately, at a bar with the name Peregrina. So great to meet some people whom I had only known virtually before today. It was so much fun, even for the three spouses who are not quite as enamored with the Camino. 🤩
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    Vira Walks

    We peregrinas want to see the socks! 😊



  • Day1

    Like coming home!

    November 6, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Our flight over was uneventful. That’s a good thing. I had been unable to get our seats online or even at the Champaign airport, so when we checked in at flight time they put us way at the back of the plane. Little did I know that that would be a stroke of luck, because we both were able to snag a full row — four seats across. That made for a very nice flight, and a lot cheaper than business class. Going through Madrid airport was very easy as always, and we got a little breakfast before our flight. A quick flight over to Lisbon, a 10 minute cab ride, and we were back at the Marriott.

    Both the doorman and the guy at check-in treated us like we were returning prodigal sons. I suppose that’s not surprising since this is our 16th year here!

    Joe always likes to take a nap on arrival, while I try to power through, so I went down to the fitness center. Then a big circle walk through the neighborhood to see what’s happening.

    Biggest changes I’ve noticed are the opening of a huge Lidl store and the demolition of my favorite frutería. But I am glad to report that our favorite grilled fish place is still standing and we will eat there tonight.
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  • Day12

    Morning in the museum

    November 17, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    Teaching from 2-5 makes it hard to do much on teaching days. But this morning we headed to Lisbon’s municipal museum for a short visit. It’s in what used to be a beautiful palace, owned by a marquis in the 18th century. So the rooms are covered in gorgeous blue and white tiles.

    There are bits and pieces going back to the first human settlement 20,000 years ago. I was most impressed by a Neolithic scythe. Some beautiful moorish and Roman pieces and a great model of Lisbon before the 1755 earthquake.

    We walked back, going through the decidedly unattractive campus of the Universidade de Lisboa. I have to say the Católica is prettier.

    One more day of teaching!!!!
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  • Day10

    Back in Lisbon

    November 15, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Back into the routine, and today I was happy to meet up with one of my closest law prof friends in Lisbon. He was in charge of the international program way back in 2004 when I first came to teach, seems like just a few years ago! Our time was cut short by the fact that we had to head to a Millenium bank to take care of some issues — turns out the local branch couldn’t deal with this simple transaction, and we had to go up to the Colombo shopping mall to a bigger branch. That gave me a chance to remember that this shopping mall set the gold standard for an homage to consumerism.

    After today’s class we had to head downtown to find an “oculista” that would repair Joe’s glasses. That gave us an excuse to walk around some of the main central parts on the way to our favorite pizzaria. Sitting on the outdoor terrace next to the river, much of our view was blocked by a huge cruise ship. But the pizza is just as yummy as we remembered.

    I am so sad to be going home just days before they light up the holiday lights. There were none at all last year, and the city has promised that they will be better than ever.
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  • Day14

    Full-time Tourists

    November 19, 2021 in Portugal ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    First thing on today’s agenda was to get the covid test for re-entry to the US. I’ve had more than my share of covid tests, but usually using saliva. We had those awful nose swabs when we were leaving Spain in June so I was ready for it this morning!

    By 10:30 we were in Belem, at the edge of Lisbon, where we visited the Jeronimos monastery, the Archaeological museum, the Monument of the Discoverers and the Naval Museum. WHEW, that sounds like a lot, but we took a break for lunch, and a break for some of those delicious Pasteis de Belem, crispy thin dough surrounding unbelievable custard filling. The monastery facade has undergone extensive cleaning and it just looks beautiful. Even if you are not a fan of Barroque/Manueline architecture, this place does dazzle.

    I made sure that we got back to the hotel in time for Joe to rest before we head out for downtown again. We just learned that the Christmas lights will be turned on tonight! So we made it by the skin of our teeth. Last year there were none, because of covid, and the city has promised that this year’s will be special. So we will probably walk a few kms and then hope to find a nice place to eat for our last night in Lisbon!
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    Carm Walsh

    Absolutely amazing sculpture!

    Vira Walks

    What a day! (This sent me on a merry chase, looking for information about those Aras.)


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Praça de São João, Praca de Sao Joao