Summary: On the hostel patio this morning, we had grapefruit and coffee-grindy coffee, followed by a port visit filled with traditional tablecloths. We planned our time like champions, utilizing our hop-on-hop-off tour to the max. After essentially eating lunch in the ocean, due to a glass-protected restaurant, we headed back to the hostel, got a cab to the bus station, and headed to Pontevedra, Spain. I felt so special to see Charlotte's apartment! I wasn't even surprised she had 2 boxes of KD on her bookcase in her room.
Oh yeah! I'm reading a novel in Portuguese. This is unreal. It's Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari. It's like reading Spanish, and when I don't know the word, I sound it out, and it's like a mixture of Spanish and maybe some French... so I can very easily know exactly what the sentences are trying to get across. The longer I read, the more I get into a rhythm, and it becomes easier. I can't guarantee any pronunciation (I thought it was Russian when I first got here), but I know I could write you a solid book report.
Plug for Duolingo and Memrise! These are the two apps I've been using for two months to learn some Portuguese here and there, stemming from a ridiculous crush I had on a Brazilian (It didn't work out but now I speak broken portuguese. Life is funny.) Thanks to these two apps, I understand the sentence structure and can hold a conversation with a vendor, ask for directions, discuss meal options... Who wouldn't known? I must say my Spanish base helps a ton, but I still wasn't expecting results like this.
Since Charlotte hasn't yelled at me yet for taking too many photos, I snap them wherever I go because it's so beautiful (and yikes I can't fit my camera into my bag, meaning around my neck is a perfect option). Here are more photos from the rest of the day at the beach, plus some mixed in from the morning at the port.
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