We had 10 hours between our check out from our hostel in San Sebastian until our train ride to Lisbon. We planned to wander around the town, eat some tapas and buy souvenirs. Unfortunately, as is often the case in Europe, there was a strike and protest. Every business was closed for the day and a huge mob was walking in circles with banners and chanting while protesting government austerity measures. We spent the day dodging the flock and subsisting on stale crackers that I found at the bottom of my bag.
We were too happy to board our train later that evening and were pleasantly surprised to see one of the cleanest train cabins we had ever experienced. It was also a 2 berth cabin which was a treat after sharing numerous rooms with individuals of various smells. We arrived in Lisbon the next day to find that the rally had followed us there. Luckily a few Europeans were willing to work as there were some restaurants and businesses open.
After a week of exploring Lisbon and the surrounding areas we jetted off to Sintra to spend our 1 year anniversary. The town is filled with ancient, fairy tale-esque castles, palaces and villas and is set in the mountains with panoramic views of the countryside and Atlantic Ocean. Since Nug thinks she is a princess I thought this would be a fitting location. We spent the next few days exploring the amazing buildings, drinking the local “green” wine and eating some of the tasty local specialties before retiring back to our royal quarters…a double room at the local hostel with shared bathroom.