Lisbon welcomed us with clouds and picturesque views.
We left and felt for Sintra
Sintra is an area in the region of Lisbon. It carries the Romantic spirit and is adored by UNESCO. There are a few reasons for that. Most of them are castles-residences. On the road our guide was telling us some interesting things about them… at least to those of us who managed to stay awake.
We visited the castle that is summer residence for the royal family, a.k.a. National Royal Palace. Then we reached the famous cone-shaped chimneys. They are so high that our neck started to hurt from trying to see them ending in the sky. While we were going back the rain started. It was as if the cork items, that were everywhere in the shop windows, couldn’t keep the water away…
Traveling to Cascais
Gorgeous ocean views, despite the bad weather. The castles and the residences that we were able to see in the distance from the ship, were now parading next to us.
The rain had calmed down so we decided to get to know Lisbon from inside (after changing outfits completely, of course).
We managed to take some great night photos and for a moment we turned into completely wet tourists. It was like this city liked us and was trying to keep us closer to itself for longer. Due to the bad weather the ship remained on the harbor until the next morning. After that I lost my board card. Without it you are not allowed on board of the ship. Thankfully, the procedure of reissuing a new card was simple and fast, so we didn’t have to stay in the rain for a long time.
We have often heard: “This place is great, but the weather was horrible, so I didn’t like it at all”. We, also, have had bad experiences traveling due to the bad weather. The rain in Lisbon, though, showed us something else. It taught us that the weather doesn’t define your mood. It showed us that nature might be against something, but you are a part of it and you don’t have to give up.
We were as wet as you can get. However, we hold on to the warmth and hid under every arch, shelter, umbrella. We wouldn’t let the cold to get to us. We even had fun with the rain and the wind that were making jokes with the passing by pedestrians. At other times we were one of those pedestrians. The light couldn’t break through the massive amount of water that was coming from the sky. We were just starting to think that we are so wet that if wouldn’t matter if we went into the sea, that touches the center of the city, when we almost step on a drown rat in the sand. However, this was the only bad thing for the evening. Even my leg, that I hurt two days ago, was acting bravely like a soldier. Meanwhile my brain was calculating the shortest routes in order to help it.
The rain continued, even when we were already warm and dry on the ship. I guess this means it wasn’t anything personal.
I doubt weather ever has anything against humans. However, people always seem to have something against the weather. They often refer to it as nasty, bad, plans-ruining. Although we weren’t able to see the thing we had planned to, we were not disappointed. Actually the weather made our plans better and made all our experiences more unique and, in a way, cleaner.
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