Bom dia! (Hello in Portuguese)
- Date: 2015/10/14
- Port Name: Ponta Delgada
- Country: Portugal
- First time there?: Yes!
- What did I do?:
The “less walking tour” brought us to more urbanized areas as opposed to the magnificent lakes and stuff that some of my friends got to visit. The places we visited included, though, a tea plantation (the only tea produced in Europe), an area with volcanic activity where they lowered the traditional Portuguese delicacy, a stew of meat and vegetables, into the ground to be cooked for a period of time using only thermal heat. The day was mostly rainy.
Extract from an email to le bf:
The tour in ponta delgada went pretty well! It’s a tour labelled ‘less walking’ so a lot of the participants were mostly older people. It would’ve been great if the weather was sunny but in terms of my job everything was perfect. I had a good local tour guide and very nice and forgiving participants 😀 And I didn’t have to talk much about religion and history, two of my weakest topics. I got such bad feedback for Dubrovnik because my explanation for the churches and monasteries were pretty bad.
This video was taken during lunch. The reason so many of us were on our phones was because we were getting our Internet fill before the long stretch of traversing the Atlantic Ocean ahead.
After the trip, the nice and date I say attractive local tour guide I was partnered with sent me an email with a scan of a local newspaper article announcing our arrival on the island. It says the Ocean Dream (our ship) has stopped by Filipinas, Singapura, India, Dubai, Qatar, Grécia, Itália, França, Espanha… such exotic spellings! I just googled and they call us “Malásia”.
I remember liking the pavement so much and because of the lack of pictures taken on that day I asked for this pic from the guide at the end of the tour. Look at this angle, come to think of it, he was attractive AND tall!
Misleading postcard to the family:
Next port: Cozumel, Mexico!