Today I began my journey to Lisbon, to walk the Portuguese Camino. This is often called the 'Royal Camino' as it was done Queen Isabel many years ago. Whereas the other Camino's go from east to west across Spain, this Camino goes from south to north, across much of Portugal.
I travelled from Wellington to Auckland, then to Dubai vis Melbourne, and then on to Lisbon, arriving there at midday on Sunday, 27th December, 27 hours actual, and about 33 hours in total.
Arriving at Lisbon, I weight my pack and found it was over 8kgs, which was more than I had expected. They say a 10th of body weight, but ideally it should be under 7 kgs. So I will to cut down as a heavy pack affects breathing and makes the going too difficult.
From the Airport I went straight to the Cathedral to collect my Credencial, which is like a passport that needs to be stamped along the way. That done, I found cheap accommodation in one of the main streets, overlooking the festivities below. Lisbon is in party mood, and the street was full of 'street theatre of one kind or another. There was also a lot of 'dining out' in the street, although it was reasonably cool. My 1st attempt at dining out was not all successful! I ordered a fish and finished up with 3 large boned sardines and vegetables! Not really
Something I would have again!