Where in the World Will Cassandra Be?

Terceira (also called “Ilhas Lilás” for the lilac/violet landscape) is one of nine islands in the Azores, which is a string of islands owned by Portugal. In Portuguese, “terceiro” means “third”. What I’ve been told is that it is called the “third” island because it was the third found and explored, or that it is the third largest. I’ll have to look into this!

I’m looking forward to sipping a galão soon–the Portuguese version of a cappuccino with espresso and foamed milk. Yum.

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Leg One Update: Smoking Rooms, Chipped Nails, Deaf Seatmates, and Desperately Seeking a Portuguese Speaker

Yesterday, I traveled from Oregon to Salt Lake City, Utah, to Boston, Mass. When I left Oregon, temperatures were 105 degrees! My whisking to a from the airport here in Boston has been accompanied by cool temps in the 50s with misty rain. Such a nice relief! 

So here’s the low down:

The airport in Salt lake features the first smoking room that Ihave ever seen. I was walkingdown the the terminal, amidst gates full of waiting people, and there smack dab in between two gates was a glass box with people in it. Intrigued, I stepped forward. They were all smoking! In an airport!? I thought that was like the number one rule in airport procedures, no smoking inside. I thought it was pretty cool, and since I occasionally have a cigarette, I decided to try it out. Here’s what it felt like: a fish bowl. Once inside the glass box, people looked at you differently. Maybe it’s due to the American anti-smoking culture we have, or perhaps because the glass box was just so different! Inside, built in fans above sucked the smoke up and outside immediately, so the room (which I expected to be cloudy with second-hand smoke) was as see through as glass. Very interesting.

On my flight to Boston, I tried striking up a conversation with my seatmate, but (pun intended) it appeared my words were falling on deaf ears. After a few comments going unanswered, I chalked it up to a possible very introverted personality and chose to stare out my window at the mountains below. It was only when she stood up, allowing me to scoot by to the bathroom, that I noticed her sweater said “Deaf Soccer League”. Instead of embarrassing myself further, I pantomimed the American Sign Language motion for “thank you” and she flashed me a smile.

Now, as I sit in a cafe, awaiting my 10 p.m. flight, I am keenly aware that the fingers gliding across this keyboard are in bad, bad, glamour shape. I need a manicure, stat. Especially before I see my fiance (who I haven’t seen in a year, thank you very much). The server has notified me that in Terminal C (not the international terminal) there’s a whole mall, where I can wait these next 5 hours, and go ahead and get my nails done! How lucky am I?

Meanwhile, I’m trying to catch the eye of a Portuguese waitress, who I’ve heard speaking Portuguese to other customers, and I desperately want to get in on the lingual-practice action! In less than a day, I’ll be  immersed in a whole other culture, where I’ll be expected to know the casual day-to-day dialogue of my future-family. I mean, Fabio and I have been dating for four years, engaged for two, and I should know it fluently by now! I suppose I just need more practice.

Anyway, this is such a long post, that I’ll stop here for now. I am thrilled to board that international flight, and arrive in Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel tomorrow. More experiences, travel and thoughts to come!IMG_0001

P.s. I’m going to order that Boston cream pie now.

Love always,

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The Excited Traveller

Getting my itinerary all sorted out

Getting my itinerary all sorted out

Last time I checked in I had 36 days until my trip back to Portugal. Now, as I sit here writing this, I have only a few hours of good sleep (hopefully) before I board on my way to an international flight.

So what does it take to fly to the island of Terceira in the Azores, Portugal?  Only 3 full days for me! From the Northwest I must travel to Boston, stay the night there.

Stop 1: Salt Lake City, Utah (just flying through!)

Stop 2: Boston, Massachuesetts

I’ll let you guys know how I liked the hotel stay close to the airport, can anyone say free shuttle? I’ll also hunt around for a cafe with authentic Boston cream pie)

Stop 3: Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel, Azores FullSizeRender_1

Funny thing about 12 hour layovers, they allow you to get out of the airport and explore the locality. Here’s hoping that I can check my baggage in early! Don’t want to tote that around (see attached pictures, I did not downsize on this trip)

 

Final Stop 4: Praia da Vitoria, Terceira, Azores

One of my favorite coastal cities. I can’t wait to be home! I’m going to be exhausted after 3 full days of airports and hotels, but it will be well worth it. Since I’ll be spending 2 months on the island, I will definitely have some fun adventures to share with you all!

Did I mention that I’m exhausted from all the packing? FullSizeRender_2

Thank you for reading! Can’t wait to share more once the adventure begins!

Love always,

Cassandra's Signature