A short impression of Ponta Delgada
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Not many people think of the
The dark of night had already embraced the island as the SATA Internacional Airbus touched ground at
After another smothered attempt to get acquainted I found myself walking through the narrow streets looking for a place to have dinner.
Not wanting to stay out too late I went into a café and had a burger and a bottle of extremely orange Fanta. Both rice and potato chips were served with the burger, which also had a baked egg draped over it.
My first full day on Azorean soil I set out to explore
I went looking for a good map of the island ‘ cause I wanted to do some major hiking later on. Only to find there are no decent hiking maps available. I needed one with a grid on it to use with a GPS as I sometimes wander off the roads and into the countryside. After half a day of legwork, including a visit to the cartography department of the Azorean regional government, yielded no results I gave up and bought a tourist map not really suitable for serious hiking.
A lover of gardens and plants I couldn’t not visit the José Do Canto botanical Gardens. A collection, carefully put together over a period of over 150 years that made for a very relaxing two hours of wandering through the exotic vegetation.
For dinner I made my way to a restaurant that came recommended in my travel guide for it’s superb steaks. Restaurante O Jordão has a sign claiming him to be ‘The King of Steaks’. This self-awarded title was well justified once I took the first bite. It was indeed royal.
I met a Danish woman in that restaurant and we went out and had a few drinks together. At the end of the evening we both went our separate ways. No exchanging of phone numbers or e-mail addresses, just the memory of enjoying each others company in conversation for a few hours.
I’ve never been one for big birthday celebrations but it was nice receiving birthday messages on my mobile while sitting in bright sun and gazing at the tranquillity of the
Some more exploring of the town found me going through some more narrow streets and a bit away from the centre. A visit to the
I went back to the youth hostel to have a rest before going out to dinner. I asked to be put in another room which was no problem. I immediately had the social contact I longed for in the shape of a Polish guy with whom I went out that evening to have a drink for my birthday. We ended up in a place called Cantinho Dos Anjos (‘Cantina of the Angels’), a sailor’s bar full of memorabilia of passing sailors and other travellers.
After a king size burger we had a great night with a mix of locals and travellers. Later I ended up staying for three days with a Canadian I met that night and who lived on Pico, one of the other islands.
The next day I left for a few days hiking and on Saturday I was back in
As on week days, the bars don’t come alive until around 10p.m.. The same goes for restaurants.
Sunday saw me taking a day trip to Furnas, in the east of the island. I came back in the evening looking for a restaurant to have my final dinner in
The next morning it was off to the airport to fly to the
English will get you by quite well in
Azoreans are very laid-back in most everything they do and making contact with locals is not very difficult. They will help you with anything if asked. After a few days you will find yourself slowing down to the Azorean rhythm with them.
Whereas southern European traffic can be very hectic, in
At the moment major construction is taking place at the waterfront boulevard.
-buildings: there are some interesting buildings and squares in town. The town hall is nice, as is the
The real Azorean centre for whale watching is the
If you want to know anything else, feel free to send me a message and I will try to help you as best I can.