We got back a few days ago from a wonderful trip to Portugal with my family, and it was so lovely there! We had a great time, and it’s just so beautiful. This was my boyfriends first trip to Europe, and it was definitely a great experience. I actually can’t call him my boyfriend anymore though, we got engaged on the trip! In a really beautiful town just outside of Lisbon called Cascais, at my favourite view in the town, and I couldn’t be happier! It really made the trip even more special.
The trip overall was really nice, we stayed in Cascais for a few nights, did a day trip in Lisbon, then drove out to the Algarve and stayed in a town called Moncarapacho, near Tavira, which was also lovely! Then we headed back to Lisbon for our last night and a bit of wandering around. The hotel’s were so dreamy, the people were so nice, and the food was amazing! The weather was surprisingly chill, as they are in a bit of a cold spell right now. It was around 17 degrees celsius most days, but to be honest, I was worried it would be too hot for me to deal with as I’m sensitive to heat like so many other MSers, so it was a bit of a relief! I wouldn’t have minded a few degrees warmer some days though, but I’ll take what I can get!
I really tried to make the most of every day, but felt pretty fatigued during the trip. I also had a harder time than I have before adjusting to the time change. Not sure if the overnight flight started me off on a bad foot that just stayed with me, or if it was just the time difference, or if it was simply MS fatigue! I don’t remember ever struggling with it so much on previous trips, but I was exhausted for the majority of it. I still tried my best to ignore it when I could and enjoy myself. My family was more than understanding when my FIANCE (heheh) and I decided to stay back from certain activities planned, and I encouraged him to go to things without me when I wasn’t up to it. That’s something we’re both still working on accepting, for me it’s that I need to accept that if he decides he’d rather stay back and spend time with me, it’s okay. For him it’s that I’m okay with him going even if I can’t, because I know he worries that I feel left out. We are figuring it out together though!
We did still get to do lots of great things. We had a walking tour in Lisbon and learned so much about it’s history. Our guide was great, and my dad arranged for me to have a mobility scooter to use during it so I could enjoy it with everyone else. It was great! And I felt proud of myself for continuing to accept these types of aides to help me do the most that I can. I’m a pretty good driver too, if I do say so myself! We also ate. A lot! Great food, tapas, and of course some wine!
One thing I wanted to share here was about the Lisbon airport. I had a bit of a hard time there finding the wheelchair assistance, and learned that in order to get them you either have to walk to the airline’s counter, which for Air Canada is not close at all to the entrance, or try and go to the kiosk with the wheelchair symbol and ask if they will take you. Technically the first option is what you’re supposed to do, but if I were to use that airport again I’d be sure to find them first. Ended up having to do more walking then I was up for, so I’d be sure to share that with others needing assistance!
Overall this was a great trip, and I’m so thankful that this is something I was able to experience with some of the people I love the most, and I really hope to be able to continue to travel for many years to come.
It’s something I’ll never forget!
And here’s a picture of us picking up our doggie after the trip, and telling him we’re engaged. I think he seems pretty pleased!