Since my latest post, I’ve traded my sunny
beach chair for my regular desk chair and a cosy
25 degrees Celsius for a classic Dutch 11 degrees.
Brrr! I’m having a hard time adjusting to the
chilly weather and not being able to wear my
bikini as a daytime outfit. So I’m going to share another
Portugal adventure with you guys,
to take me back to the tropics and put a smile on all your faces.

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The travel review site TripAdvisor is a wonderful thing
and I wish I wouldn’t have been so stubborn to not take
everyone’s advice on the boat trip my dad and I took.
You see, I always want to see and experience everything myself first. Big fail in this case.

I’m a boat trip kinda person and I like to book these kinda
excursions whenever I go to a new country, it’s a way of
seeing the local gems and beautiful nature.
So I’ve booked a trip on a catamaran that would sail a dolphin route and take us
inside some stunning caves on smaller boats.
We arrived in the harbor of Villamoura, the busstop I accidentally
got off on the day before, I knew that was good
for something! Totally excited the woman of the boat company
told me that the catamaran won’t be sailing out that day, because of the windy weather and wild ocean.

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Disappointed I booked the same trip again 2 days later,
only to hear that the catamaran wasn’t available anymore
and we had to go on a much smaller, regular boat. Too bad, but
I couldn’t be bothered, Atlantic Ocean, here we come!
During the trip, there wasn’t much to see but water (duh)
and the shore from a distance, so we had high expectations of the beautiful caves.
When we got to the cave area, I noticed that the passengers,
who got put on the smaller boats to go inside the caves,
got back awfully quick. A woman with a sad face told me: “One blink and it’s already over”.

With this hopeful information in my mind, it was our turn to
get jammed into overcrowded, little boats. Our life jackets were so big, I could hardly move to take pictures. The woman with the sad face was right, this wasn’t a cave, it was more
like a hole in a rock! We sailed through it in less than 10 seconds! Tourist trap anyone?

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On our way back, we were supposed to see some
dolphins, the only animal I saw, was a seagull and I have
dozens of them in front of my own house. Now I know there is
never a guarantee for dolphins turning up, but the
staff could at least have given us a little heads up: “sorry, no dolphins today”.
At least the caves looked pretty from the outside I took some beautiful pics.

Lesson of today: sometimes the TripAdvisor people are right! 😉

Stay tuned for more Portugal adventures…

Love,
Lina