Day of R&R with the Habitat team!
Barcelos Travel Blog› entry 14 of 51 › view all entries
May 21st, 2009 – by: jenn79
Afterwards we went to some beach and sadly the fog started rolling in. But the sun in Portugal is strong enough that there were definitely some UV rays going on so the youngins played some soccer and girls got a bit of a tan. After a couple of hours of typical high school shenanigans we headed over to Bom Jesus - JUST AS THEY WERE CLOSING! Luckily Irene saw the custodian on his way out and he said he's keep the church open 5 more minutes for the volunteers. Better than nothing, I say! So in they went for a quick peek, and the President came out to the church to meet them. I want to write a separate entry on the President of Habitat Braga later. He reminds me of Mahimbo - those people that have lots of vision, charisma and success.
Ricardo came out to say hello as well, and we drove down Bom Jesus together in his brand new little car and he showed me the nanotechnology institute that Spain and Portugal are funding together. I have to tip my hat to the portuguese government, they truly have their hands in all areas, not a bad balance in industries although salaries seem a bit low, but cost of living is low too! And their country is still beautiful, safe and innovative. I want to live in a country where I can charge my phone or pay my bills via ATM machine! I want to pay $2 for a great bottle of wine and 60 cents for an amazing cup of espresso! I want to walk around gorgeous streets and feel safe and duck into scrumptuous restaurants without breaking the bank! It's really just such a nice, nice country.
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