So, wouldn’t you know it?! Cause and effect. It worked! I wrote a post yesterday explaining why we were still waiting and first thing this morning, we got the call. Dina, from the Portugal Consulate, called us at 8:15 this morning and said, “Good morning, Abi, I want to start your day with good news.” Whoop!
You know how it works, you watch the calendar pages turn while you wait… wait… wait and wait some more, and then BAM you have to kick it in to gear. Our day, today, looked a little like this:
First Things First
- First thing we booked our flights. We are using our air miles so we were able to find seats on a flight tomorrow night. Yep! Tomorrow we fly. Our seat choices were sucky and suckiest. Two seats literally backing up to the wall of the toilets or two middle (of three) seats, one in front of the other. We chose the two middle seats. The trade off is that it is a non-stop overnight flight from Washington, DC to Lisbon, Portugal. We won’t get any sleep, but we find overnight flights are usually much quieter. And, because I hate to fly, any time we can get a non-stop flight, I’m all for it.
- Next we took the bus to the Metro Station.
- Got on the train to downtown Washington, DC, changed trains, got off near the Consulate.
At the Consulate in Washington, DC
- This time when we buzzed the bell and the ominous voice asked if we had an appointment we enthusiastically said, “Yes!”
- Dina took our passports, and our application package, upstairs to whomever rules the roost upstairs for our applications to be signed off. She adhered our 4-month visas to a page in our passports and viola, completo! We had a sweet albeit brief conversation with Dina and she wished us well. That is one busy little consulate.
- We decided to walk 1 1/2 miles to a different Metro stop so we could catch our breath and find a Starbucks for that much needed caffeine fix.
- Back on the Metro followed by a walk to our son and daughter-in-law’s house where we picked up our car and their car.
Embracing the Moment
- We drove to our little Maryland home town – one hour north of DC – where we parked our car in storage. We stood for just a moment of reflection looking at our life of 40 years stacked in a 10 x 30 garage. Moment over.
- On to the motor vehicle administration where unbelievably there was no line! We turned in our car’s tags and wham bam thank you mam, our car is no loner registered or insured. The clerk asked what happened to the car and we told her it was in storage. Our paperwork stipulates, “Junked.” Um?
- A quick drive through for some sustenance and then back on the highway to DC.
Hop, Skip and Jump
An overnight flight, a 4-hour bus ride – just a mere hop skip and a jump across the ocean – and we’ll be in Lagos, Portugal where we’ll be greeted by friends. We’ll make it. It’s a bit close for comfort and we won’t have as much time as we’d hoped before hitting the rails with Eurail, but that’s okay. Better late than never as the saying goes. And, everything happens for a reason, right?
Tomorrow we fly.
Patti and Abi! Safe travels, and great adventures! Kevin and I cannot wait to meet you. We are sisters ( and brothers) of Roxanne!
Portugal or Bust!!
Cathy and Kevin
Thank you, Cathy and Kevin! Hopefully, one day all of our paths will cross at the same time.
You made it happen! And now you’re either on your way or already there. Good stories to come.
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Yay! We are in Portugal, Gaelyn!
Patti and Abi you are now on your way across the Atlantic to pastures new. I am so excited for you. I will be following along as always
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And, I will be following your journey as well, Gilda! You’re not too far behind.
That just got real! Congratulations and BonVoyage. I will be following along on your adventure.
Suzanne, I said to a good friend of mine, “This shit just got real!” Holy Moly what have we done?! 🙂
Boa Viagem! I can hardly wait to tell Walter that the day has come. He will be so envious, as am I.
Ah, Mary, thank you and give Walter a huge hug for us! Take care and stay in touch!
Boa sorte! Cannot wait to see your travels!
Thank you so much, Ray! We appreciate your support!
So happy that the wait is over for both of you. Buen Camino, once again!
Thank you, Cindy. We’ve been talking about walking from Porto to Lisbon, not sure I have it in me though! 🙂 Buen Camino!
Had to laugh at your “moment of reflection” in your storage unit! We did about the same thing when we first hit the road in 2012 and then again when we sold our home in 2014 and severed the last big tie. There will be plenty of time for savoring those memories later because … “Tomorrow you fly!” Safe travels and Bon Voyage!
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See you tomorrow in Portugal!
Wow! Congratulations! A lot has happened in 24 hours. May it be smooth sailing now. Look forward to hearing about your adventures. I’m sure you’ll have lots of stories to share.
Thank you, Jan! It’s been a crazy day, but we’re ready to go! And, we’ll do our best to share the journey cuz that’s a big part of the fun!
So happy for you both!!! How very exciting. Only one month of a delay, that’s not too bad and now you are off.
A new chapter, a new adventure begins. How VERY exciting! Safe travels. Looking forward to reading you from Portugal.
Thank you, Peta! One month isn’t too bad, but it sure took it’s time! 🙂
Ooooo!!! Bon voyage <3
Looking forward to following your adventures as much as you are heading off to do it 😀
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Thank you, Linda! We’re looking forward to sharing the journey