The day everything went wrong

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Getting in to Lisbon in a taxi

I asked the garage to call me a taxi and the one that could take me the harbour because it was shorter to go by the water than the road, and the ferries sailed pretty often to Lisbon.

I had packed some of the things from the car but I could not take much. The smiling taxi driver that arrived did not speak any English so he did not get the harbour thing but drove the 50km to Lisbon; the price was fair only 52€, so I did not complain. The trip to Lisboa via the motorway gave me a chance to charge one of my phones on the way.

On the bridge
I told him to put me off at Rossio; the only thing we could agree upon - but we smiled a lot both of us. It was actually quite fun after all.

I got off at Rossio and walked a little bit around before I found an internet cafe and checked booking.com. I found a good offer for a 5star hotel in the city centre; the price was around 100€ but I had told myself that I at least deserved to sleep in a great bed on top on a day that had changed my holiday planes somewhat.

I took a taxi to the hotel and checked-in; the hotel was great, it was just what I needed after a wasted day on phonecalls and stress. I had nothing of my personal stuff with me and I needed at least a tooth brush, deodorant and a phone charger. I therefore left for the city centre again very quickly because the it had just passed 7pm.

I found what I need and I ended in a bar with couple of cold beers looking at the daily life in Lisbon.

My hotel room
I finally could enjoy something that day; it had been 12hours since I found my Toyota Garage that could have fixed the problem for the day after and I could have been sitting in the pool for a couple of days and enjoyed the sun there. Now I was in Lisbon far from my hotel and without any car. I just hoped the next day would be better, but I was not really sure.

I walked around a little while and the phone suddenly rang; it was the Portuguese assistance; they had found a car for the following day. I would be picked up at my hotel 10am sharp! I smiled and relaxed; now I could re-activate my holiday. I went back to the bar and asked if they could recommend me a restaurant? They told me to go downstairs and I did.

The restaurant was small; I guess they had 30 seats in all. When I arrived I was the first. I asked if I was the first this week and they laugh and assured me that it would be full in 30-40 minutes. It was actually what happen; 30 min later it was fully booked. I had a good fish meal and went back to the hotel after a long dinner where I enjoyed a good bottle of wine as well.

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Getting in to Lisbon in a taxi
Getting in to Lisbon in a taxi
On the bridge
On the bridge
My hotel room
My hotel room
I had alway been driving - this ti…
I had alway been driving - this t…
Nice
Nice
Photo oppotunity
Photo oppotunity
Looking at Lisbon first time this …
Looking at Lisbon first time this…
Wonderful yellow
Wonderful yellow
Nice place
Nice place
Looks like a ship
Looks like a ship
In the light
In the light
My hotel room a bit later
My hotel room a bit later
I had alway been driving - this ti…
I had alway been driving - this t…
Nice cold beer
Nice cold beer
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