Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Flag of Portugal  , Estremadura,
Sunday, April 21, 2013

We took an overnight train from Spain to Lisbon (Lisboa), Portugal. An exciting thing about going to Lisbon is that I got to see my stepsister Maddie! She has been there for about 8 months so I hadn't seen her in awhile. We spent four days in Lisbon. We hung out with Maddie and her boyfriend Goncalo and also did some sightseeing. The first and second days, we got a hop-on hop-off bus ticket like the Big Bus tours in London. I really like Lisbon. The buildings are all really old, and the cobblestone streets remind me of Antigua, Guatemala. It is extremely hilly so I guess you get a lot of excercise just walking around. The breakfast they eat there is sugary pastries (same as Italy). They are usually cream-filled and always delicious. One night we went over to Maddie and Goncalo's apartment (which was super tiny but cute!) and they made us some really good traditional dinner.
We went to a really cool old castle that held one of Leonardo Da Vinci's inventions. The invention was something made for the castle that showed an image of the entire city of Lisbon; like a projector or binoculars, but the first one ever made. Unfortunately, we went to the room that showed it 15 minutes after the closing time so we didn't get to see it. The rest of our time in Lisbon we just walked around and saw cool buildings, and did a lot of school to try to get caught up. We went to a huge flea market that had pretty much everything imaginable. It was called the Thieves Market because supposedly many thieves sold their things there. I looked at some of the sunglasses and thought it was funny that some of them said "Roy Bons" like people might be tricked into thinking they're Ray Bans. I got a moon rock and some bracelet beads (like the Pandora variety). I wanted the moon rock because I remember in Peru, it was the first time I had seen them and I was going to buy one. It was about $20 for just a small rock though. At the Thieves Market I got mine for $2. Moon rocks are whitish clear rocks that capture tons of color. Even when they're not in the light, they are full of red, blue, purple, green... pretty much a whole rainbow. They also glow in the dark because they absorb and reflect the moonlight. Peru is a place where they mine moon rock. In the past, they used to make some staircases of it because it glows.
Our last day in Lisbon, we left at 9:20 at night so had the whole day. We just did school until Maddie and Goncalo came over. We played the paragraph game with them which made me feel like I was at a Mossman family gathering. It's a game where each person starts a story with a paragraph, then folds the page over and leaves just a sentence before passing it on to the next person. The pages rotate through each person until it ends up with the starter again. The stories end up being funny and usually really messed up because you only have a single sentence to base your paragraph from. We got some pastries before hugging Maddie and Goncalo goodbye, then hopped on our night train to France.
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