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Friday, August 7, 1998
Santiago de Compostela, Spain to Porto, Portugal
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Porto, Portugal:
Latitude: 41° 8' 52" North
Longitude: 8° 36' 6" West
Altitude: 956 feet
From Seattle: 5593 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Residencial Cristo-Rei

Today's Travel:
Countries: Spain, Portugal
Regions: Galicia, Douro
Route: Train (RENFRE): Santiago de Compostela - Vigo, Vigo - Porto
Path:Santiago de Compostela, Spain - Porto, Portugal
Linear:136 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 484
Linear Dist: 121769
Countries Visited: 34
Regions Visited: 137
More stats...
Hotels: 102
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 41
Hostels: 134
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 3
Beers: 1878

Journal Entry:
Spent most of the day on the train. Tried to buy a ticket to Porto in Vigo, but the line was so long that after an hour we still had at least 20 minutes wait left, and only five minutes until the train left. So we boarded the train sans tickets. By the time the conductor got to checking our tickets we were way into Portugal and he couldn't write a ticket for Spain, so the ticket ended up being cheaper, even though I had to pay for it in Spanish currency, which is worth more than Portuguese, on an even exchange. The ride from Vigo to Porto was longer than expected due to an unanticipated time change (It's an hour earlier here than it was in Spain).

After dinner walked around the old part of town. The view from the cathedral is unreal, it looks like a fairytale. Spires, towers, and churches peak over a sea of red tile roofs.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Porto
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Portugal
CIA World Fact Book: Portugal

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