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Salty King
So I've found my energy again and managed to get out and see some more sights.  I hit up the salt mine on Wednesday.  Definitely should've bought advance tickets as the two hour wait in line in the heat really sucked, but once inside, it was nice and cool.  We were about 440 feet down, which meant about 800 some steps down.  The mine was just closed in 1997, but I think they find the tourism just as profitable.  I couldn't help but think of the Utah miners, though.  I almost panicked a little when we were being led to the lift out.

The place is huge down there.  Miners carved all sorts of things along the corriders, statues and even chapels, one of which was massive.  There were also underground lakes that you cannot dive down in due to the amount of salt in the water.
Last Supper carved into salt wall
  I guess some soldiers drowned down there when their boat capsized because they couldn't dive down from under the boat.  Anyway, it was interesting enough, but I would say skip it unless you've got the time like I do.

Yesterday I hit up a museum that is free on Thursdays.  It houses great Leonardo Da Vinci and Rembrandt paintings, along with your standard Egyptian mummies and things.  There were some Turkish weapons as well that were really ornate.  After that I undertook my laundry, which is an afternoon's activity due to the fact the washer takes an hour and the dryer three cycles.  However, during that time I managed to finish the Tolstoy book I've been reading since Cinque Terre as well as chat up some of my hostel mates in the common room - a Canadian, two English, an Aussie who speaks Polish and an American who is currently living/working on yahts.
Miner of salt
 

Now one thing I haven't been doing here is hitting up the nightlife.  I mean, we're talking all night clubs.  There is a group of Portugese men who are just crazy and they are out every night, sleeping all day.  So when the opportunity arose to join a group out, I jumped at the chance to see what this was all about.  We basically spent most of our time trying to find a good scene, which meant the guys I was with trying to find cute girls, but we, or they I should say, didn't succeed despite the fact the Aussie could communicate with the locals.  We did stay out all night, doing a little dancing, and emerged from the last club at daybreak around 5:30.  Needless to say I didn't get up for a morning run as planned.  Well, I didn't even get up this morning, more like 1 p.m. along with everyone else who'd been out last night.  I walked into the kitchen dazed from the night before and found one of the Portugese men in his boxers making a sandwich.  Good times. 

Since I'm into week two, though, I can justify sleeping most of the day away and will likely be out again tonight as we are all planning to meet up tonight for another go at it, and hopefully more interesting stories as it is Friday!
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Salty King
Salty King
Last Supper carved into salt wall
Last Supper carved into salt wall
Miner of salt
Miner of salt
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This lady was fascinating with he…
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