Rats in the attic
Trip Start Feb 15, 2007
29Trip End Jul 17, 2007
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perfect for helping me find my way without a map to my staying
place. At least I knew it was close to the university, which was
(supposedly) clearly indicated by signs. It would have helped, though,
if the place didn't rest in a maze of very narrow streets that go up-
and downhill. And when I finally found it, the rain stopped.
I didn't even meet my host, who was away for the weekend - she lives in
a student house and told the other people I was arriving. I was greeted
by a Finnish couple, who had been guests for two days and decided to
show me the house while the Portuguese people slept their hangovers
away. It was a very big, very old and very chaotic house - lots of
photos, writings and drawings from past occupants all over the walls,
and about the people who live there now I'm not sure, there were
sometimes a few, sometimes a lot, sometimes a baby, sometimes a dog,
sometimes three dogs - I couldn't tell for sure which lived there and
which didn't. I was initially assigned to sleep in the attic, but
luckily I got un upgrade to the library and a second upgrade to an
empty room they found. I was especially glad to be upgraded before the
first night when I saw the sign on the attic door that read: "keep
closed, rats inside". There was even one of those ancient contraptions
that are supposed to catch rats and I thought only existed in Tom et
Jerry cartoons. :)
I liked to stay there, and I liked the city, although I didn't have
that much time to explore it. The university is beautiful, so are the
new cathedral (which is very old) and the old cathedral (even older).
Also there are some very worthwile parks, but the best was to walk
along the Mondego river, I loved it and the crooked bridge that goes
over. A pity there was no camera.