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While in Madrid trying to use the WiFi in our hotel, the settings got so screwed up on Dan's computer we can't use his WiFi.

So, we were dependant on cybers (Internet cafe). We were in such small towns in Galicia, there were few of them, and we seemed to only hit them at siesta time.

Now we are in Ponte da Barca, Portugal and this country has a national initiative on computer literacy. Every municipo has a room full of high speed computers (usually in the library).
The computers are free for anyone to use. The rules are few: No gaming, no smoking, when someone is waiting, the person who has been on the longest must give up his computer.
I love those rules!

At any rate. I've been blogging the old fashioned way. Keeping a journal. So when I get home, I'll post a trip report-blog. For now, the Group Blog is my blog.

I hate to overuse the word 'spectacular', but I don't know how else to describe yesterday. We spent the day in the National Parque. The views were stunning. We drove so high on a one lane road with no guard rail, that even I, who is not at all afraid of heights, couldn't look down without butterflies.

Today we go to a few little towns around here that interest us.

Tomorrow night, we are to be the guests in the home of an new friend who lives in Braga. We met on Hospitality Club. He is planning a small festa and preparing a traditional Portuguese dinner for us.

The language here is very hard to get used to. It is wholly unique to our ears. Sounds like a kind of cross between Spanish/French and some eastern European languages. The words seem to be more Spanish or French in written form, but the spoken words liberally use the 'sh' sound.

It is beautiful to the ear.

So... instead of ciao, I'll sign off with shiao!

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