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Adeus Portugal – for now

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Had no energy to pack yesterday, so I had a lot to pack down this morning. But it’s always easier to pack everything when you’re going home, than packing when you’re going away. Because when you’re just going home you can throw everything down and don’t have to worry about the bag disappearing on the way home. You’re just going home anyway. It’s far worse packing all your riding gear before a riding holiday and the bag gets lost. Then you have nothing to wear when you’re riding…

A, M and I would travel on the same flight. So, we had to leave the farm at 9 am in order to get to Lisbon in time for our flight at 12.45 pm. Always a little sad to say goodbye to a homely and peaceful place. But we had our last walk on the farm and the stables, said goodbye to Patrícia and her two super-adorable and friendly dogs Pipoca and Mia.


"Are you guys leaving?"

Lisbon Portela Airport has one major tax-free shop and, as the other times I’ve been there, they have these bog bags with Kinder Mini Bars. You can’t buy these in “regular” stores but only airports, so I took the opportunity to buy two bags. But I know myself too well and these two bags of chocolate won’t last long… ;)


Surprisingly, a female pilot flew the plane back home to Stockholm-Arlanda. And the closer we got to Sweden the more turbulence it got and it was really dark and low clouds. But the landing was incredibly smooth and soft. You couldn’t even feel the wheels touching the runway before the plane started breaking.

I would really recommend all friends and people interested in going on riding holiday (dressage) to book this place. You can combine as you want. One riding lesson per day or two. Classic dressage or Working Equitation or combine with trail riding. The trail riding will be on the same stallions you ride the dressage lessons on (which is not very common), but you will only be walking. No trot or canter. Amazing personnel doing what they can to please us guests.
Weather was fantastic apart from the first morning with fog. Then it was sunny the entire week without any clouds. In the evenings and nights, you could watch the starlit sky. Temperature was around +20 °C and maybe even more.

Posted by bejjan 16:00 Archived in Portugal Tagged traveling

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