Ponta Delgada, Portugal

Ponta Dona Beija – Hot Springs
Streets of P. Delgada


Some lessons and tips:

  • don’t practice manual transmission for the first time like me… I took a few lessons back home and I’m literally driving one by myself for the first time in a foreign country – I managed to scrape it on the first day and a really awful second time where the door won’t even open… glad I got insurance but don’t know how much it would cover… yikes!
  • beware the GPS – I can’t find half the things and it led me up this super steep hill that caused my first car damage. Google seems to have the wrong street names…
  • don’t own a phone like mine that is particular with it’s charging outlets… (bring two phones, or two batteries, or some excess charging device) – social media and google! Make sure you unlock your phone prior to travelling so it can accept any SIM (I went to VODAFONE). Good idea to have a plan that includes a bit of everything because you never know but nothing matters if your phone is dead!

I am just so clumsy when I’m travelling… maybe because I’m on my own but at the same time, when things go wrong, I don’t seem to care as much compared to if it were to happen back home. Just a few things that went wrong:

  • forgot to bring my waterproof watch and cell phone opener key
  • Using a leaky water bottle, which leaked all over my backpack
  • Spilling red wine on the plane and all over my pants, sandals, and book
  • following the GPS up a steep hill which ended in my car stalling and rolling backwards and hitting a wall
  • my flip flops broke on day 2…
  • had to go to the mall to buy flip flops and ended up scraping my rental car really badly
  • forgot my camera on day 2

I’m not suggesting anorexia but I’ve only consumed one real meal per day… but maintained my fruit, vegetable, and water count at a really good level. I would assume that I would want to eat all the time when I’m at home working a routine while travelling is so engaging I don’t even feel like eating or hungry even though I love food!

Although I had a list of things I wanted to see, I really only saw 2/5:

Furnas Volcano – yes

Poca Dona Beija – yes

Miradouro Da Boca – nope

Ferraria Thermal – nope

Lagoa Do Fogo – nope

Caldeira Velha – yes

BUT that is what travelling is all about! Getting lost and along the way there’s always new sights to be seen or new streets to be walked.

Ayysee Wonders

"Curiosity often leads to trouble" - Alice in Wonderland Partial nomad obsessed with glitter, values laughing, dreams of living behind wild waters and forests. Passion and aspiration for inspiration. This is where I express my inner thoughts, feelings, and concern for society that I can't in real life because it will be too true and offensive. Please feel free to comment and share your stories. Enjoy!

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