Tuesday, May 10, 2016

We're Here!

Well, we made it!

I’ll admit it; we’re a little tired… we began with a 6pm flight on Monday from Ottawa to Toronto, then a 9:45pm flight from Toronto to Ponta Delgada on the island of Sao Miguel… the latter flight was only ~5h long, but with the time change we arrived around 7am local time here in the Azores, with virtually no sleep on the flight.  But who am I to complain; I’m on a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!   The excitement and the fresh humid air definitely gave us the extra boost of energy that we needed to keep going today.  

The apartment where we are staying for the next few days is nothing fancy, but it has WiFi and is right on the edge of the old part of Ponta Delgada, close to all the interesting parts of town.  And after all, we’re here to explore right? :)   After a quick break we left our bags behind and then set off on foot to explore the town a bit.  

We had a nice meandering walk through the narrow cobblestone streets, ultimately reaching the harbourfront where everything from cargo ships to whale-watching expedition craft were docked. We eventually found a little spot to grab a sandwich and a drink for “lunch” (it’s socially acceptable to have a beer at any time of day if you’ve been awake for 24+ hours straight, right?).

After lunch we headed back to the apartment for a mid-afternoon nap to take the edge off our sleep deprivation, and then found a great spot only 200m away for a dinner consisting of delicious local seafood, beer, and wine.

We’re both a little drained today but we’re already looking forward to the next couple of days; the tentative plan for tomorrow is to tackle a long but beginner-level hike around the caldera of a volcano near Sete Cidades, which is just a short cab ride from where we are.  Following that we’ve just signed up for a day-long Jeep tour of the aptly-named nearby area of Furnas, where one of the most famous and popular dishes in the Azores is cooked by burying the dish underground for several hours until it has been cooked from the heat of the natural volcanic activity.

That`s all for now!

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