Before my trip to Lisbon, a few friends asked me to take notes because they are (or are thinking about) going to Lisbon. Unfortunately for them, my plan was to go to the beach and nothing else. Seriously. And I did — save for two evening meals with a Portuguese friend, I devoted as much time as possible to the beach.
I’m now much more confident in my driving around Lisbon – although I did manage to get lost in Lisbon a few times. Fortunately I could reorient myself quickly and get myself “found” without too many issues. The rental car was a Citroen of some sort — functional, comfortable, but not especially memorable. I actually walked past it once without noticing it; it wasn’t until I used my keyless remote that I could find it!
Unfortunately it was cloudy near the horizon, so watching the tail end of the sunset wasn’t as spectacular as I hoped, but it was one of the main things I wanted to do on my trip — other than sit on the beach.
I’ve said it before, but hands down the best acquisition of the year has been the e-reader: I read 6 books on the beach, but the heaviest things in my bag were the bottles of water (I went through 3 large bottles a day).
My goal is to take this vacation again, every year: this was, hands down, the most wonderfully relaxing weekend of the year. My colleagues back at the office noticed the tan and declared that I look relaxed.