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Traveling to Lisbon

May 19th-21st 2015

Hey everyone! We’re in Lisbon!!!!!¬†ūüôā Our friends Chris and Khalil picked us up before our flight on Tuesday to have¬†breakfast. To our surprise, Khalil paid for our food and dropped us at the Oakland airport!¬†There was a long line to check in. We took that¬†time to each weigh our bags. Mine was exactly 44 lb. but Thoth’s was 6 lb. over. He took out the thing that was heavy (the tripod) and put it over his shoulder. The gentleman who checked us in was very nice to us. “Hello pink princess!” he said. That immediately put me¬†at ease.

Waiting to get on the plane.

Waiting to get on the plane.

On the plane with the Babes.

On the plane with the Babes.

Our first flight (to Oslo) was¬†fine. We took off at 4pm and arrived the next morning at 10am. I never try to sleep on planes. Thoth does. He conked out for a couple of hours. Instead I watched a couple of movies. Once we landed, we went through border control and waited for our flight to Lisbon, which was at 2. I wanted to lay down so badly! That 4 hour flight wasn’t so nice. We were on this very small, cramped plane and they didn’t give us water freely. It was only accidental that they gave me a free bottle. They didn’t even feed us. I got dehydrated and was very hungry of course. My nose was coated with¬†dried blood and my throat hurt. Fun!

Our friend Nuno and his girlfriend Sarah picked us up at the airport. We didn’t even have to call them! They drove us to Pensao Atalaia in Barrio Alto and Sarah helped us bring our bags in. The house keeper gave us keys to a room upstairs and explained we’d pay Vonda tomorrow. She’s the only one who speaks English. Maria, her mother, is the sweetest woman. It’s taken a long time for her to warm up to us. When she saw us, she¬†kissed us both and said in Portuguese, “Is everything cool?” Neither she nor the house keeper speak a lick¬†of English.

We put our stuff¬†in our room then went back out with Nuno and Sarah to have¬†dinner. They took us to a really cool area in a¬†market where there were tons of food options. First we got some chicken, then decided to have sushi. We were both starving. Nuno already started talking about his idea to do a documentary. We’ll see what happens. We got dessert and met Nuno’s cousins and uncle who helped him make our music video. I got my first traditional kisses on each¬†cheek. ūüôā

Nuno took us home, I took a much needed shower and we got in bed.

I woke up at 4:45 am and Thoth was up working on his computer. I was so discombobulated that I couldn’t fall back to sleep for a few hours. Finally I did, but I woke up again at 2:30 in the afternoon. Oh well. “I don’t want to stay in this room.” Thoth said. “Do you want to go downstairs?” I asked. “Lets go talk to Vanda.” he said. We went downstairs and Vanda greeted us with hugs. She showed us a few rooms and we chose one downstairs with a double bed that we liked. We were both so hungry we went out to have lunch. The place we liked to go that has scones was closed and under different management. It looks like its a burger joint now. We’ll go there sometime and check it out. Instead, we went to a cafe down the street. The same woman still works there. We went down to the park to look at the view, then we went home.

We took everything from upstairs to our new room downstairs and got organized. I like our new room. It’s very cozy, and we can sleep together. IMG_20150521_124754296 IMG_20150521_124550104We’re going to the Brasserie for dinner tonight! It’s one of our favorite restaurants in the world. They old serve two¬†dishes: a salad with salmon and the tenderest steak imaginable with¬†french fries!!!!!

Dinner was so much fun! The waiter recognized us and served us well. What a fun evening out! IMG_20150521_154138664 IMG_20150521_143450640 IMG_20150521_145537890#1IMG_20150521_144815982We saw some buskers who recognized us and asked if we’d be playing tomorrow! We looked at our old spots in Chiado. I think we’ll try playing there tomorrow night.

Back in Edinburgh!

Thursday July 31st 2014

I am so tired as I write this. I got maybe 2 hours of sleep last night. My head is about to hit the pillow any moment. I hate sleep deprivation. I’ve felt like this 3 times in the past 2 months from traveling.

We had to get up at 5am to get to the airport in Amsterdam to catch our flight to Newcastle. It was painless getting through security and to our gate. Border Control in Newcastle was irritating, though. I was let through easily, though the guard did question me thoroughly. I made sure not to mention anything about us performing. Thoth, however, was held up because he said we’re performing at the Fringe. If we ever mention ‘performing’ to a border guard, they get suspicious. The guard thought Thoth needed a permit to perform at the Fringe, but we would be getting that when we arrived in Edinburgh, not before! It was completely stupid, and totally stressful. I waited outside the gate and all these horrible scenarios flashed through my mind. What if he was refused entry to the UK? Thankfully, he was stamped and let through after being detained for 20 minutes. WTF?

I was really pissed as we bought our metro tickets. Why does Thoth have to be so honest? “When are you going to learn? Never say we’re performing.” I said. I apologized for being mean when we got on the metro. I was worried we’d miss our train. We made it with 10 minutes to spare. God I hate traveling. The train ride was painless. Edinburgh was much busier. We walked to the Royal Mile and got our Fringe pass. There were tons of performers around, none of them very good. My first impression of the Fringe was amateurism and cheesiness.

We had breakfast at a cafe and lugged our bags home. We both collapsed on the bed and took a nap. I could barely do anything else but try to sleep. A note from the post office was on the ground saying my dance shoes had arrived. I went to try and get them, but the post office was already closed. Thoth went out to get groceries and we made dinner. I tried to stay up, but I could barely keep my eyes open to write.