The Azores, how did we get here? I get assorted travel emails and in September a good deal for a trip, including airfare and hotel, to the Azores showed up in my inbox. I Googled the Azores and discovered they are an archipelago of Portuguese islands 800 miles off the coast, easy to get to from Boston, lush and green, affordable and off the beaten path, our kind of place. I thought we could take advantage of this deal and spend a few days there in March when the weather in Michigan is still cold and dreary and the though of another gray day makes one want to burrow under the covers and watch mindless television. All of this happened within a span of about 30 minutes and I said to Patrick, “I was thinking…” this is Patrick’s cue to turn and run or jump on board. I pitched my idea, he didn’t run, After more research we found we could book our own flight and find a place to stay for less than the online deal. We could also use our Southwest Airline miles to get to Boston for free. This is how it begins.
The Azores, since it’s only $75 to fly one way to Porto, this starts more wheels turning, how about we walk another Camino? This time from Porto to Santiago de Compostela, it’s only 150 miles. It’s easy to say it’s only 150 miles because two years ago we walked approximately 500 miles to Santiago. We would give ourselves two weeks to do this and throw in another week just for kicks. This is how it begins.
The Azores. We asked some friends if they were interested in joining us and doing some sightseeing in Portugal and Spain, ten days seemed like a reasonable amount of time. Those friends said yes. This is how it begins.
The Azores. Five days become five weeks. This is how it begin.