Happy Halloween!…update 10-31

I am doing well. I am in Lagos, at the beach, in southern Portugal. I loved the Netherlands but the grey and cold finally got to me. So last week, I hopped the first flight I could to the sun, ending up in Portugal. I procrastinated too long and missed my chance to join the backpacker tour I really wanted to do in Turkey. I thought about it for a few days and ultimately decided that I wonºt be going to Turkey this trip (but soon!) I was just not up for doing it by myself, both handling the touts and also planning everything myself.

Iºve learned a lot about my travel style and actually I really enjoy tours IF they are not hop-on-off-the-big-bus style. Iºve been blessed in the past to do really awesome tours with naturalist-type guides and you can learn so much more than from a book.

Anyway, I was really tired for a while with planning the day by day. You can spend A LOT of time figuring out where to go next…and for any of you that traveled a while ago, the hostel situation has totally changed. Places are booked up days, if not weeks, in advance and often walk-in spots are few. I am not one to wander around with my pack for hours, looking for a bed…I want to enjoy the place. So I sat down and planned (basics) the rest of my trip.

Iºll be in Portugal until 10 November, when I fly to Athens for my week on the budget cruise around historical Greece. Then I return to Spain (Barcelona again and Cordoba) for about a week and head home! I think Iºll be ready by then. I do wish I had more time on the road, but at the same time I am ready to see my friends and family. I definitely miss all you people. I miss our conversations and the comforts that come with knowing someone for while.

Eat some candy for me!

ps a moment of silence for my beloved Ricardo, who moved on 2 years ago today 🙁

9 Responses to Happy Halloween!…update 10-31

  1. We miss you too! I’m glad you are enjoying Portugal. I’ve never been, but it’s on my to do list. Greece too! Enjoy it while you can. We’ll all be here when you get back : )

  2. yep, i’m jealous! ashland had thousands of drunk, costumed 20-somethings partying in the streets, but all i wanted to do was sleep. u did miss my best jack-o-lantern ever, though – a scowling dick cheney made from a very wrinkly heirloom punkin. very scary!!!

  3. Sounds like you’re having a great time! Thanks for sharing your adventures. Hope you enjoy Greece and Portugal and continue to enjoy meeting new people. Your “old” friends are here and anxiously waiting to hear your stories and see your pictures!

  4. Aud – we missed you at pumpkin carving, and the huge parade of Sugar Pop trick-or-treaters here at the house was fabulous. We will be here when you get here!!

  5. I am so happy you are having a great time….I am starting to miss you alot, though!My e-mail is down, so can’t write, but all is ok in Rockport!I look forwarad to your next entry!momoxo

  6. AUDREY! WOOHOO!!!! It’s so good to hear about your wonderful travels. Jason and I think about you often and are so glad to know you are doing well and are out exploring the world. Seriously admirable. We can’t wait for you to be back in the states and actually see you. I (Amy) plan to come back to Austin for a visit in December. Hopefully you can make the ski trip in February of ’08. Call us when you get back – 602-723-3392 (Amy’s new cell).LOVE YA! JAMY

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