They're out to get us
The view from our house in the Azores
We don’t have any cool photos or stories today so we’ll talk about our traveling and share photos of some of the things we find in Europe that are different from the states. It will be short tonight.
I woke this morning still not feeling fantastic. At breakfast Laurie suddenly got sick and started throwing up. As the morning wore on, I wound up with laryngitis and lost my voice. It’s like some spy movie and the bad guys are out to get us. But we have a flight to catch so we have to push through. We leave our hotel and walk the 3 or 4 blocks to the tram/subway station.
Laurie cooking in our little kitchen, we're warm and out of the rain
I’m coughing and feel like crap but I’m more concerned about Laurie. She just doesn’t get sick like that, ever. And having to make a flight doesn’t leave time to just sit down and recover. She says she’s fine and she seems okay so we keep plodding along. Luckily, the trip to the airport was pretty easy, as the tram drops us right in front of the airport.
We hang out and wait on our flight to board. It is a new airline to us, TAP airlines, the national airline of Portugal. They do a good job and it seems like a pretty good airline. The weather on Sao Miguel island (in the Azores) is a little less that cooperative and the landing is just a little bumpy. We arrive to torrential rains and 66 degrees.
Toasters are different here.......
I wish I had a photo of our rental car…...if you’ve ever seen the movie “Idiocracy”, it’s a car like the one the main character drives. It’s a Fiat Panda, has no hubcaps, around 60k miles, and has a 1200 cc engine. The trunk will hold one of our suitcases and the other has to go in the back seat. It is the kind of car that punch lines are made of. And the rental cost is five euros a day. That’s NOT a typo.
Our rental car company received great reviews and they’re a local company as well. The rental car guy picked us up at the airport, drove back to their office, had us sign the paperwork, ran my credit card, and we were off. We didn’t even have to leave the car. We putt putt across the island to the place we are staying, all in a torrential downpour.
The only tea plantation in Europe is on Sao Miguel Island. They sell their tea in the local grocery store so we bought some!
We get to our apartment and figure out how to park on the narrow road that runs by the front door. The road is very tight and things are built on a cliff. It’s a really nice place with a view to die for. The view is great, even in a torrential downpour. I do hope it clears up.
We have a kitchen so we grocery shop in a nearby town, and have spaghetti for dinner. We’re going to turn in and hope for better weather and better health tomorrow. Goodnight everyone!