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Of Lisbon and World Domination

In Uncategorized on June 23, 2013 at 4:20 pm

My main goal in life is to take over the world. It’s a well-known fact amongst my friends and relatives. In fact, my dad affectionately nicknamed my contract on the Legend the ‘World Domination Tour’. If I were a cartoon character, I would be Pinky. First, let me clarify, I’m not trying to take it over and destroy it or anything sinister like that. I just have this insatiable overwhelming need to see/touch/taste/hear/experience the whole world. There is so much out there that I haven’t seen and I can’t wait to see it all. What’s my point, you ask? Well I’m getting there, slowly. As part of the WDT, I have been building an army of friends and like -minded traveling cohorts in every place I visit. I’m the first to admit, I’m hyper connected; I’m constantly texting, emailing, tweeting, posting pictures, and messaging friends all around the world. While this might seem frivolous to some, it’s all part of the big picture. With every new contact, my world gets even smaller, the places that are out of reach get closer and I learn something new, PLUS there’s always a friend to take me on an awesome tour of a new place that I haven’t managed to visit yet.

AND NOW……my point. (hope no one was holding their breath out there)

One of the fabulous people I’ve met out here on the European leg of the WDT, is a gentleman who works as a comedian in our Punchliner Comedy Club. Very funny man. His wife was cruising with him during the transatlantic crossing and I ended up making friends with them. She is originally from Portugal, so when she found out that we were stopping in Lisbon in June, she insisted that we meet up and she take me on a tour. That was three months ago. Being a hyper communicator, I’ve stayed in touch this whole time and was chomping at the bit to get a real tour of an amazing port, that we only visit once. Silvia is originally from Cascais, (pronounced cash-cais) which is just outside of Lisbon. It’s a very posh side of town where kings and queens lived thousands of years ago, when they wanted to escape the drudgery of Lisbon, and head down the coast. Portugal has some amazing history and I really enjoyed hearing about it from Silvia. Being closed in by Spain from most sides, the early Portugese people took to the sea to explore. There are so many beautiful monuments all along the coast that these early adventurers erected to honor these explorers and the treasures they brought back. I can just imagine what it might have been like to leave your home and sail off into unchartered waters and unknown futures. I feel, in a small way, something like that. Obviously, my ship is much larger and our path is charted, however I left my home and all my loved ones and came to a ship where I knew no one and have been roaming the seas ever since. I like to think that if I had lived in those long ago days, I would have been one of those adventure-seeking souls who took to the sea in a quest for knowledge. Although I probably would have had to pretend to be a boy, but I’m kind of shaped like a boy, so I feel like I could pull it off.
Silvia took me to this amazing restaurant by the ocean next to this natural phenomenon called Boca do Inferno, which means mouth of the devil (that’s a loose translation) that is this massive hole in the side of a cliff where ocean water rushes in and out and crashes and apparently in the fall and winter it’s quite spectacular! We ate amazingly fresh fish, and local wine and chatted and had such a marvelous time. They run a bed and breakfast out there so I’ve got an invite to come back whenever I’d like. One more stop on the WDT!

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Ponta Delgada, Azores, Pourtugal

In adventure, Carnival, Carnival Cruise Line, friends, fun on June 11, 2013 at 7:07 pm

I’m still trekking along in my quest to update all the blog posts I’ve been missing since the crossing, so this one come right from that particular cruise!! When we got to Ponta Delgada we were all very excited to see land again after four long sea days. Debbie and I were particularly excited because Debbie is Portugese and had never been able to visit Portugal before. For her it was almost a religious experience and her enthusiasm rubbed off on me as well. We had an amazing day. We considered going on an excursion but our schedules didn’t really allow for it and so we bartered with a taxi driver who gave us a very reasonable rate for a few hours of touring wherever we wanted to go. He ended up being a fabulous tour guide as well as an excellent photographer. It was an amazingly beautiful place, one I hope to visit again. We had an amazing tour and afterwards we had a magnificent lunch of freshly caught fish and local wine.

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Quick update from the Azores

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2013 at 11:41 am

After four long sea days, we made it to Porto Delgada, Azores, Portugal! It’s stunning!! I just want to show you a few quick photos before I run out of free wifi!! Longer post to come!! And also a Bermuda update!!

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