0115 Escaping the Beach Towns (Por 004—new)

Setubal Travel Blog

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From Albufeira, I head north, eager to get to Lisbon… But I after three beach towns,  I want to taste a “run of the mill” Portuguese city before hitting the capital, and it looks like Setubal would fit the bill. 

 I start out in the downtown shopping area—a couple of quaint little alleys that are pretty quiet today, it being a Sunday… and then to a large plaza with a fountain and a mini-river… Then on down a wide boulevard along a real river…

 A castle up on a nearby hill is beckoning me. I head that direction, and find a road going up the hill, but then the rain starts, so I turn around. 

I find I’m in a kind of scruffy neighbourhood—but colourful and with a lot of character.  It seems that there are a lot of Brazilians here… Drinking beer around folding tables on the sidewalks—just like they do in Rio… A pretty laid back, relaxed atmosphere…

I find a park bench and pull out my guitar.

  An old fellow joins me and insists that I play “Yesterday” for him… I usually don’t do cover songs… but I haven’t yet had an audience here in Portugal, so I decide to make an exception.  It turns out he’s a Ukranian who doesn’t speak Portuguese very well… We still manage to communicate a bit… then I head on my way…

I wander to the north side of town to an even livelier Brazilian neighbourhood and then back to the bus station.  Overall, I’ve enjoyed this cheerfully unpretentious working class city…


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