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Porto and the Strange Exhibition – Day 11
Thursday 23rd July 2009 – Portugal
Well, what a night, what can i say. And i don’t mean that in a good way. The rain lashed down all night, and although we were quite sheltered here, it still attacked the tent from all angles. The driving rain swept in through the valley, and as i looked out through my window, i could see the trees across the valley swaying violently from side to side. I was quite glad to be in my tent. At least it was warm and dry.
The rain finally stopped at 7:00 the next morning so i instantly jumped out and got to work cleaning and drying. It took over 2 hours, and was still quite mucky, but the worst was off. I spoke to the French guy again this morning and he told me of some good places to see in Portugal, including a place called Sintra, which sounded fun, and i wanted to check it out when i was there. I packed the tent into the car and left the wetlands behind.
An hour later i arrived in Lavra, just outside Porto, to a really cool campsite called Municipal de Vila Flor. It was near the sea, and i didn’t have to worry about my bad Portuguese as they all spoke good English and were very friendly. I used the shop and washed my clothes in the laundry room then went for a walk on the beach. It was a nice beach with golden sand, but i didn’t stay too long. I wanted to go into Porto, so i got the bus just outside the campsite.
Porto is a nice city, with a lot of interesting buildings and small streets, but so so busy. People were coming up to me all the time trying to sell me things, and i had to keep moving. There was an exhibition on the main square, with lots of mannequins decorated in a unique way by university students. Some looked quite scary.
Once I’d had enough i got the bus back. My clothes were almost dry, and i went down to the campsite restaurant for my meal. I think i need to cook more meals on the camping stove as eating out is proving quite expensive. It was another nice hot evening.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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