|Christmas day sunrise|
Our family excitedly packed up on Christmas Eve and headed to the train station. We were going to Portugal! What an adventure. We would pretend to be Santa, traveling over night to bring Christmas cheer! We took the train to Málaga, where we walked to the nearby bus station. Our bus to Portugal was scheduled to leave at 9:35 pm. We waited in anticipation.
|Train station in Lisbon|
We rolled in at 5:30 am, Portugal time. Wearily getting off, there we are at the bus/train station in Lisbon. Super early. On Christmas day. What now? We couldn’t check into our place until 11:00 am. We spend a slow morning taking a train to the neighborhood we would stay in, playing at playgrounds, and looking for a place to eat. We settled on a café that offered coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and croissants. We got to try a pastéis de nata.
|Pastel de nata. I had them about four times in Portugal; they were delightful custard-filled puff pastry.|
|The charming exterior of our apartment.|
|The line to wait for a streetcar.|
|Riding a long awaited street car.|
|This was right before Lydia fell asleep…and right around the time I wished I was asleep.|
|When the power went out on Christmas day.|
Stay tuned for our trip toÓbidos, coming up next.