Our final city

 

We left Porto at 8:45 in the morning to officially start our final part of the trip. We were going along with the coastline to the capital of Portugal: Lisbon.

After approximately Three-hour-long drive, we finally arrived in the city. It was about noontime when the bus pulled over at the hotel. As Mrs. Pollina distributed the lunch money, we spread out to search for restaurants for lunch.  We had a nice break to eat and explore.

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After the lunch, we went back to get on the bus and had a city tour with our new local tour guide. She explained the city in details including the history, the tradition and the features. It wasn’t long before our first stop, which was Jerónimos Monastery, one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon.

I just got stunned by the marvelous scenery of it as I made the first step into the church. The structure of the building is perfectly symmetrical — the stained glasses are perfectly symmetrically installed above each altar or each statue, receiving and projecting the light to represent a sense of power.

It was not only the indoor installation that had astonished us, but also the entire structure of the building. Walking upstairs to the second floor, we saw a totally different scene.

After paying a brief visit to the church, we went to another park and held a special activity: a relay race among three groups of people to decide which group was the winner of the scavenger hunt on the previous day. Unlike the normal relay races, what made it different was that every player had to hold a toy of rooster with a tiny spoon. Plus, the player couldn’t continue the relay if the rooster fell off the spoon. He/ She had to pick it up and put it back on the spoon so that the game could be continued. It was really intense and everyone had fun there.

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For the last part of the day, we left the hotel at 6:45 P.M. for dinner.  We went to a local restaurant. Instead of having the normal meals just like what we did before, we experienced something different: a local concert by a bunch of musicians who played traditional Portuguese instruments. Even though we didn’t understand what the singer was trying to express since we don’t quite understand Portuguese, we could feel the tranquility as well as the emotion that the artist brought to us.

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