Our goal has been achieved. What a strange 'sound that sounds' after 2 months of cycling and living from day to day.
After Porto, we have now arrived in Lisbon.
But just take a moment to catch up, because Porto is not yet in our analen. Via a beautiful route, especially along the sea, we have sunk further to Porto. And there the big hump on it, into the city. That harvest with a hand bike much wonder and aplaus, which works well for my willpower to come up on my own strength. In this beautiful city we are warmly welcomed by Roos and Pedro, who for 5 days sent their bed and cottage to us. So sweet, and really nice for us to have our own space. A wonderful place to stay in the busy Porto and be so cozy with the friends of Nina. Nina is busy with interviews, which are again special and beautiful.
Meanwhile, I'm about to pick up the bike. That is not easy yet. I've become committed to my bike. It takes a while before I find my turn.
Now to Lisbon. Monday we arrived. This piece from Oporto to Lisbon by bus. We are coming to a tight end in time. Cycled from the bus station to Caparica. Still 18 km in the dark through the city and along the beautiful river. It's good that Nina is higher up and has better eyes, I was riding in the water differently. And now we're in a super spot on the other side of that beautiful river where we're in town again with a fast ferry service. Because Tuesday is appointments and rule day.
A Rose-like superday. In the morning, an appointment at IAC, a children's organisation that monitors children's rights in Portugal and does a lot of fantastic child safety. Great how they deal with children's situations. I could listen to them for hours and get so much inspiration. With a big smile we say goodbye there and then rush to the appointment with the Dutch ambassador in Portugal Govert Jan Bijl de Vroe. We are invited for lunch. I think they are a bit surprised by who we are. The lunch is for a royal visit, which we are of course, but nevertheless. It thaws quickly and it is very cozy and fun. And what is a very nice surprise: the appointment with the Minister for Youth and Social Affairs is arranged for Monday. It seems to be very special that he wants to receive us personally. We are happy! We are very much looking forward to this visit to ask how they, as a child made opportunities of difficultities and how they now, as adults, are doing so. And of course, we are asking what it is like now in Portugal, why does he think that they have, as a country, come first? Personal questions, but also national ones.