So now for a post I have been meaning to write since I came to Portugal, well over a month ago now!
It’s 11pm and I’m in the hostel common room with a cup of herbal tea, a Brazillian, a lot of Spaniards and a couple old German hippies. After a day exploring Sintra and the beautiful Quinta Da Regaleira, I finally have some time to clear my head of everything I’ve experienced so far and think back to when I started this trip.
Time flies when you’re overseas!
On the 3rd of March I flew out from Melbourne to Lisbon, stopping in Hong Kong and London. I slept through most of it, half-watched a few films here and there whilst sitting next to some guy who went to the toilet like +10 times. Turns out we would have the same 3 flights and be seated together for 2 of them (shotgun window seat) - weird coincidence! He was a Spanish bicycle shop owner living in Portugal, and gave me a list of recommended places to visit.
I had 8 hours to kill in HK, however Heathrow was tight with one hour, and slightly stressful as I almost missed my flight when security said something in my hand luggage tested positive for explosives! Alas, my secret attempt to bomb you has failed, London.
Finally I arrived at Lisbon airport and met Rita who kindly drove me to Morgado Lusitano, Alverca. I was super excited to start work and we began straight after a tour of the stables and being introduced to all my new lusitano homies.
Ah, Verniz. So beautiful, so tolerant…so excited to give yet another new student their first lesson, I’m sure! Such is life for a schoolmaster.
I met a super sweet english girl named Rosa who was sadly leaving the next day, off to explore the greatest country ever and enjoy some hot Australian weather and beautiful Australian beaches xD
And met all the other amazing people who help keep Morgado running smoothly, as well as the instructor I would be working under - Jenny Almeida; pictured below with her two talented stallions: Campino & Destinado.
A lady of many talents:
The most important being her gifted singing to Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber”.
More on my first week soon, fatigue is catching up with me and now I have a rather large sleep debt to attend to!