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These past few days have been of some needed relaxation. I've caught up on all the sleep I've missed out on, and I've leisurely wandered around the city. I have even read a few books since I've been here (I'm currently on book 3, which is not so great yet. However, I highly recommend The Reader and Crow Lake.) Perhaps the small size of the city itself has lent itself to this laziness, or simply the closeness to the water. Whatever it is, I think it has done me some good and I won't be dead tired by the end of my trip.

I've been traveling for 15 days now. That sounds both long and short. I've only been homesick the day my parents left, when I was very tempted to follow them home, and this morning, when the people in my hostel were loudly talking about being in a new country and getting used to a bed that wasn't your own while I was sleeping.
Square outside Se Catedral
I thought about how I haven't been in my own bed, the one that means real home to me, in 3 months now. Then the people left, and I fell back asleep. So, just a minor missing of home. But I think it's healthy.

Like I said, I haven't done much these past few days. I went to Faro beach, where I was the only one on the beautiful white sand, except for a father and son taking a stroll. And I went to Lagos, to take a boat trip amongst the caves and cliffs formed by the literally crystal-clear ocean. The sun wasn't out for that, like I had planned for it to be, but it was still breathtakingly beautiful (and I still got a light burn). And I met a lovely German couple from Berlin who were patient with my German. The train ride itself to Lagos was lovely- with alternating fields of orange trees full of the bright fruit and fields of yellow and purple wildflowers. Today, I hope to take a boat trip on the natural reserve that sits off most of the coast of Algarve. If the weather cooperates.

Tomorrow, I leave for Sevilla, my transit stop to Barcelona. Which officially marks my return trip to Vienna!
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Faro
Faro
Square outside Se Catedral
Square outside Se Catedral
Se Catedral
Se Catedral
The famous Portuguese Rooster.
The famous Portuguese Rooster.
Looking out over the sanctuary.
Looking out over the sanctuary.
The harbor.
The harbor.
On the way to Faro beach.
On the way to Faro beach.
I had the beach entirely to myself.
I had the beach entirely to myself.
Footprints.
Footprints.
Well, not entirely to myself.
Well, not entirely to myself.
Bay side.
Bay side.
Lagos, Portugal.
Lagos, Portugal.
Looks like a car advertisement.
Looks like a car advertisement.
My Grotto tour. Highly recommended.
My Grotto tour. Highly recommended.
I was one of 3 passengers taking t…
I was one of 3 passengers taking …
I felt like I was discovering the …
I felt like I was discovering the…
Sun! Yay!
Sun! Yay!
I ♥ the water.
I ♥ the water.
The titanic.
The titanic.
One of my favorite pictures ever.
One of my favorite pictures ever.
Choppy waters!
Choppy waters!
The water was such a beautiful col…
The water was such a beautiful co…
Caves are cool.
Caves are cool.
Back in Faro. My Rio Famosa Natura…
Back in Faro. My Rio Famosa Natur…
The weather in Portugal is crazy.
The weather in Portugal is crazy.
My ladybug friend.  Having fun wit…
My ladybug friend. Having fun wi…
Eating at the Deserted Island.
Eating at the Deserted Island.
Deserted restaurant on the Deserte…
Deserted restaurant on the Desert…
Faro Castle.
Faro Castle.
Faro
photo by: Besandri