It's been nearly a week (Sunday May 8th will be the actual full week) since we got to Portugal, and so far I'm loving it. This is the first time I've had a chance to actually talk about being in Portugal other than a tweet here or there or a blurb on Facebook.
We have been out almost every day to do something or another and I've gotten to take some photos, but have yet been able to edit/re-size most of them. It just takes too long on this computer (a little netbook) and we've been too busy for me to take the time.
It's odd to wake up and knowing you're in a whole other country/continent and look outside and see a lot of the same things. Sure many of the buildings are brightly colored in blues, pinks, yellow, orange and the signs are in a different language, but it feels very much like a city over in North America.
The smell though is different. It smells like Oregon to me. Which is a comforting smell, one that is fresh, clean and fragrant (though that one might be because of the tons of wild flowers that grow all over.
I tend to compare Portugal to Portland, Oregon frequently so far because there are so many similarities. The layout of the land reminds me of the West Hills and it's very green around the city outskirts as well as in the city.
I had always thought it would be more similar to San Francisco, but I have yet to see a part that looks more like SF than Portland.
Don't get me wrong, the buildings are very different, especially down town Lisbon. The architecture is gorgeous and very detailed.
Did I mention there is a castle here? I've only seen it once when we went to a cathedral (I'll post photos later). I haven't had enough time to get any photos of Castle of São Jorge yet, but plan to.
Later today we'll be heading up north to Monsanto for a week. There is a castle near there too called Castelo Branco (White Castle). I plan to go photo crazy. It's supposed to be more rustic up there, and I'll probably feel more like I'm in a different country when I get there.
I like this city, but I'm really hoping this trip will help my mind realize I'm not in Kansas any more.