August 17, 2011

After flying into Porto and a short car ride later, we arrived in Aveiro. Many of the streets in Aveiro coincide with canals, so the city is often referred to as "The Portuguese Venice". It was a complete 180 degree change from London. The atmosphere was hot, bright and oh so colorful. One of the first things I noticed was all the streets and sidewalks are made up of mosaic stones. I couldn't stop starring at the ground! Many of the houses that lined the narrow streets had unique and ornate tiles that covered the street facing walls. Our good friend Jimmy met us there, fresh in from a tour of Morocco, and together the three of us wandered around Aveiro when we weren't helping with wedding events. I ate a lot of bacalao, experienced some of the craziest driving EVER and even learned to say "Obrigado!".