I am so tired today. I decided to take the advice of my friend Josh, who recently returned from a 6 week trip to Asia right before I left for Portugal. He said, “you can sleep when you come home.” I was jet-lagged the first two nights and had a hard time adjusting to the 8 hour time difference. However yesterday, I said yes to every invitation. Our school sponsored a tour of the city; a lovely young lady Deborah showed us around. She had the most beautiful style! I wanted everything she was wearing. She loves Faro, and sharing it with people. I can’t speak enough about the old(est) part of the city. It is surrounded by high stone walls, and filled with many narrow winding-roads, some allowing cars to drive through. It is so romantic and inspiring! I could walk down these street every day with jazz music in my mind’s ear.
Afterwards Leslie, a British businessman on holiday, invited us to a beer. Veronic and I accompanied him, and being the gentleman that he is he insisted on paying. At home, my host-couple invited me to have dinner with them at 10pm. Teresa also invited me to come to her Zumba class at 8:15 before dinner. Sim e Sim, obrigada!
For those of you who know me, I am rhythmically challenged. I have two left feet. But I want to experience all that Portugal has to offer, so I needed to try. I am so glad that I did! I have never had so much fun in a dance class! The dance classes I have had in the past, have always stressed proper form and I found them to be very intimidating. Not this one. I couldn’t stop smiling and laughing. I loved the high energy. And Teresa, she is a blast! She is so inspiring. So now I plan to go to her class as much as I am able. I was planning on trying to find a yoga studio while I am here. This has been hard to find, and now I know why. Why do yoga, when you can Zumba!?
P.S. And dinner was muito delicioso! Baked beans with chicken and rice, and spices. Nuno loves to cook and he has a machine called Bimby, in America it’s called Thermomix. It can make any recipe you want. He is obsessed with and after a few days I understand why. It’s one of the best man gadgets. If I could afford one I would buy one for my dad, for a mere $1,600 USD.