Taking a Bath in Freezing Water
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My mother and I had a nice breakfast together (againâ€¦ yesâ€¦ yummy croissants). Then my mother and I headed to make the line for the baths. We were in line by 9 am and the baths would not be opening until 2 pm. I was torn about whether or not I wanted to do this. I wanted to take a bath, but I wasnâ€™t sure about the long wait in the yucky, wet, cold weather.
Peggy and Kathy showed up a bit later. Peggy, of course, was in good spirits and made the long wait pleasant. She made us laugh the entire time. At one point, she and my mom had me rolling with laughter because I had said I did not want to wait in line for the bath.
So finally, they let us in to sit and wait - we had only about 30 minutes to go. A sense of seriousness overcame us and all joking around was set aside. We were all praying and thinking of our intentions. I prayed for some personal wishes and then the time came to be dunked in freezing water. I usually dislike getting dressed if my body is still wet They donâ€™t give you a towel to dress yourself. You go into a room with nuns, they pray with you and for you, you sit and soak for seconds in this freezing (SHOCKINGLY freezing) water and stand up and they help you dress immediately without allowing you to even dry your body.
We strolled the streets and found a good cafĂ© to eat lunch. I had pizza with ham and an egg. It was good! It reminded me of the pizza I used to have in the cafeteria when I lived at the Cite Universitaire in Paris. Yummy! Then we all had crepes and coffee. We went back to the hotel and I had the best 2 hour power nap ever! It was a much needed rest. It felt so good.
After resting, I went outside and shopped around for souvenirs. Then we all went to dinner. I enjoyed a nice dinner with the group. Dinner again was good, though I didnâ€™t finish it all because I just absolutely couldnâ€™t. I wasnâ€™t hungry so I left some of my meal untouched. We had a great big pork chop, with garlic vegetables and bread.
After dinner, my mom decided to attend the Rosary Ceremony with Maria Teresa and I decided to have coffee with a few other people, more than anything just to spend time with my friends. Not necessarily to have any coffee.
After dinner, we packed our bags and prepared for our early departure to Lisbon, Portugal for our last day in this city. I was looking forward to seeing the capital of Portugal.