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Viana do Castelo Travel Blog

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so much respect as the man behind the steering wheel!
it was robbo's (alex) birthday today! as a birthday present - AND  a way to get revenge for picking up on all of us - he basically calls me gollum everytime and rubs as a malnourished ethiopian! whattafuck??! hahahahahah what a fucking rascist! hahahahahahaha (all in a good mood by the way) i decided to nickname the car "robbo cock" hahahahah hahahahaha hahahahah hahahahahahaha TAKE THAT! all of us cheered except him :P hahahaha. well he was silenced for a while :P

our main destination when we get to the border was a small city called viana do castelo in portugal - its not located in the main highway and we have to turn to dirtroads to be able to reach it.

ive researched about the the place and it has a fantastic city atmosphere - with a cathedral perched high on a mountain with an amazing , striking and fantastic view of the atlantic ocean, the city and the surrounding mountains.
im sick in the stomach! and in the head! hahahaha


as we were driving in the autovia in spain - i am still sick, i cant even drink water and eat food - which am very weak for the moment.  its the first time ben drove in continental europa with a left hand steering wheel,  so he was still getting used to it. at one point while driving ben bumped the car on the road and all the girls screamed with nervousness and i swore in tagalog "putang ina" hahahaha hahahah i was damn scared but then - i got well! hahahaha hahaha all i need was a bump to get me back into action again! hahahahah hahaha.

thank you ben! :D

as we drove into the dirt roads in portugal leading to viana do castelo - it reminds me so much of the philippines - rustic, poor roads, farms, bougainvillas, houses which are similar to the countryside in the philippines.
ms. rubina had been doing nothing entirely in this roadtrip but munching cheetos, she turned into a cheetos ball afterwards. hahaha


i was seated beside ben in the front and reading the map for all of us. there wasnt a hitch so we arrived at viana do castelo at about 8 pm. there was still a lot of sunlight left and portugal is an hour less from spain - it has the timezone as in great britain.

now the most challenging part is how to drive to the cathedral, it was pretty diffucult once inside the city because there are less directions to go and where and finding a place to sleep for the night.

we took some false turns and i said we should go to centro because im sure we can get directions from there easily. but we still hadnt been to the centro when i saw a sign going up to the cathedral! ben was so confused in the motorway because of not being used to left handed driving hahahaha hahahah hahaha.

it was again a FANTASTIC RIDE going up the mountain into the cathedral - most of the tour groups and buses were going down because its already dusky.
the way to viana do castelo!
when we got up - and parked the car - little children where laughing at us - to rubs specifically. hahahaha hahaha i dont know why the fuck they were laughing and rubs gave them a dirty finger. hahahahaha hahahah hahaha.

it was chilly there! it was only 16°c and gust of winds blowing. i dont have any warm clothes with me - all i have was the orangey thingy hood but that was not enough.  i was cold up there AND HUNGRY TOO.

there were no people up there except for some portuguese tour group - the last one, who were singing.

atop the cathedral i was so breathless, it was amazing - no words can describe how beautiful it was.

the cathedral is named cathedral de santa luzia, as far as my memory is concerned while studying in über exclusive catholic schools back in the philippines,  luzia was one of the three children where the virgin mary appeared to in fatima which is coincidencially a town also in portugal.
they arent doing anything for most of the drive but just to sleep and complain that were lost! hahahaha
but these are all presumtptions of me - since the cathedral was closed and i couldnt get inside.

there were some informations saying that according to national geographic the cahtedral de santa luzia has one of the most breathtaking views of any cathedral on the world! how marvelous was that?!

lori, hannah, rubs and robbo watched the sunset because it was so beautiful - but i cant stay in one place i need to move since it was so chilly. so ben and me were hopping like rabbits in the area. hahahahaha.

i couldnt take it anymore - i need some food and i coerced rubs to find mcdonalds for us :D hahahahaha.

ben was driving like a lunatic because its difficult inside portugal - signs are a rarity - and eagle eye lori remembered that theres a mall just near the central station with a mcdonalds sign on it.
the city of viana do castelo atop the canthedral de santa luzia!


after a few twists and turns we finally found it! and ben parked the car somewhere near the town hall.

when we got inside the mall ALL THE PEOPLE WERE LOOKING AT US, it made me red with embarassment - most of the people were looking at rubs! hahahahah hahahah hahahahah hahahahaha and at me because i dressed strangely :D

we finally decided to eat at pizza hut and the waiter were so confused and amazed that we were foreigner and they made us sit outside but it was too chilly - so hannah asked the waiter if we can sit inside. it took 1000 years to finally get our order! hahahaha i was trying to take a pic of us but dammit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! my camera was not working anymore!  i cant take night pics with flash! arrghhhhhhhhhhh ill worry about that later im hungry! i ate lasagna and shared an appetizer with rubs.
the atlantic ocean as far and wide!
it was amazing in the iberia - the mall closes at about 12-1 am! people were still around!

after late late late dinner - we must find a parking lot for us to sleep.

after driving a couple of turns, the guys decided to "camp" on a parking lot on the harbor with lights on and lots of people milling around. i dont like the idea of this and i am against it.  its not that i am the boss or anything - but it can get seriously creepy - imagine if someone would trip on us and punch holes in tires of the car?!!

then we decided to look for more secluded places - then we found one in the middle of the park where it was allowed to camp and sleep. but its still freaky because people in portugal dont sleep at all! hahahah they were just walking and walking - i am so tired and needed sleep but i still cant sleep! the guys plopped on the sidewalks and started drinking booze.
oh my goodness hannah! arent you freezing?!
robbo and me were inside the car talking - suddenly we both  recognized that a car parked just about 100 meters from us and people were inside - we can tell that they were looking at us. theyre probably that we were "rich kids" and easy prey for them - so i told the guys to pack up quickly and exactly we packed up and gathered the booze the police came and passed by us! it will be double trouble if we got caught because 1. the car is in pablo's name 2. ben could not dirve legally inside spain as he is only 20. hahahaha hahaahahaha hahahha.


we drove back atop the cathedral and found a small parking space to park the car - so we decided to sleep there, as were about to sleep lori suddenly freaked out! because there was an altar with red candles on with the virgin mary just across us and lori said it was devil candles! hahaahahah fuck that was 40 minutes or even an hour or so freaking her out before she finally tucked in to bed! when it was quiet - i finally slept and DREADING the next day for us!
lauro says:
hahahahahahaha the devil candles that i could not forget! hahahaha
Posted on: Dec 14, 2008
boriana84 says:
hahahaha....what a missing to get some sleep!!!! exciting!
Posted on: Dec 13, 2008
darkinvader143 says:
cool... ganda! =)
Posted on: Nov 18, 2008
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im sick in the stomach! and in the…
im sick in the stomach! and in th…
ms. rubina had been doing nothing …
ms. rubina had been doing nothing…
the way to viana do castelo!
the way to viana do castelo!
they arent doing anything for most…
they arent doing anything for mos…
the city of viana do castelo atop …
the city of viana do castelo atop…
the atlantic ocean as far and wide!
the atlantic ocean as far and wide!
oh my goodness hannah! arent you f…
oh my goodness hannah! arent you …
he just cant get enough of driving…
he just cant get enough of drivin…
cathedral de santa luzia!
cathedral de santa luzia!
cathedral de santa luzia!
cathedral de santa luzia!
at the church grounds.
at the church grounds.
cathedral de santa luzia!
cathedral de santa luzia!
cathedral de santa luzia!
cathedral de santa luzia!
akex was like a hooker chewing gum…
akex was like a hooker chewing gu…
picstures for posterity.
picstures for posterity.
amazing sunset i had seen on this …
amazing sunset i had seen on this…
ben hopping around!
ben hopping around!
after eating nothing than cheetos …
after eating nothing than cheetos…
marvelous!
marvelous!
a coppper christ statue.
a coppper christ statue.
cathedral de santa luzia!
cathedral de santa luzia!
cathedral de santa luzia!
cathedral de santa luzia!
my orangey-thingy hoood!
my orangey-thingy hoood!
fantastic!
fantastic!
my favorite picture. i love silhou…
my favorite picture. i love silho…
beaches from afar.
beaches from afar.
the city of viana do castelo!
the city of viana do castelo!
the view from the cathedral.
the view from the cathedral.
smile damn it! hahaha
smile damn it! hahaha
happy birthday alex and were celeb…
happy birthday alex and were cele…
happy biruthday alex!!! ^_^
happy biruthday alex!!! ^_^
happy birthday!
happy birthday!
first night in the car, nothing sh…
first night in the car, nothing s…
Viana do Castelo
photo by: hannah-lou