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Sunday, August 9, 1998
Porto to Lisbon, Portugal
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Lisbon, Portugal:
Latitude: 38° 42' 44" North
Longitude: 9° 8' 18" West
Altitude: 956 feet
From Seattle: 5701 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Pensão Madeira

Today's Travel:
Country: Portugal
Regions: Douro, Estremadura
Path:Porto - Lisbon, Portugal
Linear:193 miles
Weather: Overcast / Partial Sun

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 486
Linear Dist: 121962
Countries Visited: 34
Regions Visited: 138
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Hotels: 104
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 41
Hostels: 134
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 3
Beers: 1881

Journal Entry:
Caught a morning train from the central Saõ Bento station to the main (but way in the East of Porto) train station Campanhã. From there caught the train to Lisbon.

After calling all the hostels, hotels, and pensions in my guide book I started to think I might be in trouble. None of them had any open beds, and none of them could suggest someplace that might. Starting to worry I went to the tourist booking office, where the lady first laughed at me then started calling. She found a place somewhat near the center but they wanted 12,000 Escudos a night for three nights minimum (about US$70/night) in a pension! She told me she couldn't work miracles, but kept on calling, and finally found a room in a pension for a mere 5,500 Escudos a night (~US$31). The room is very small and basic but reasonably clean with a shared bath in the hall. Far from the nicest room I've had in Spain or Portugal, but definitely the most expensive.

The city is just packed with people. Mostly tourist here for Expo '98. I think I'll probably keep my stay in Lisbon to a minimum. Right now I'm thinking one day for the city, one day for Expo, and one for a day trip to Sintra on the coast (think beach, castles, beach, and more castles also probably lots more people).

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

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