A Day in the Life of a Traveler

Indecisiveness. It’ll make or break you. There is just no room, or rather, no time to roll around options on this around the world trip. You have to trust your instincts and believe in your choices.
And frankly, this is the hardest lesson Alyssa has had to learn so far. So after seeing the sign for Portugal on their way into Salamanca, Spain Alyssa and Ray knew what they had to do. Leave the big touristy tacky city behind and head towards the mountains for Portugal. It was calling them, teasingly in the distance. Two and a half hours later they found themselves on a very windy narrow road upward towards Covihla. A very small town in the Serra Da Estrela region of Portugal. This is Portugal’s highest mainland mountain range (1993m) and they climbed it to the very last knee-weakening meter. It was spectacular, one of the most beautiful drives of their lives. So this is when a hard lesson learned turns into a brilliant successful decision to follow your instincts.

But let us just back up a quick moment and talk about where they spent the night on top of that mountain range in Covilha. Have you ever seen the shining? This curiously empty hostel was perched at the top of a long driveway beckoning them with its hazy lights. It was an enormous lodge with wood floors, fireplaces and dark shadows that seemed to ooze out of the empty halls. Menacing really. The hostel was adorned with disturbing pictures and some kind of black tar substance running down the wall. Alyssa and Ray started joking that it was a huge “scary movie” conspiracy that the whole town was in on. They even imagined the locals having them pickled and jarred to fill their “tourist special” of the week in town. They laughed and made up new twists to the tales until the possibilities started to seem real. That next morning when they woke up in their creepy “scary movie style” hostel, they patted themselves down and were relieved to find they hadn’t been stolen during the night. What a beautifully bizarre town to add to their collection of unusual and amusing experiences.

A Day in the Life of a Traveler

Alyssa Beth Wyatt

Joined February 2008

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