I made it! I successfully navigated through the airport, the bus system and the train system and I made it to my destination with no problems! Yippy!
Here are some of the photos:
This was taken on the platform at Faro train station. The station is quite small and very run down from the outside. I met a guy called Mark on the plane and we ventured to the train station together. I had told myself to be smart around strangers but he passed the freak test and was actually a pretty cool guy. He said that he came to Portugal to meet his friends who lived on a boat off in the Med, the idea was to become part of the crew and sail across the Atlantic. Awesome, huh?
On the train platform there were lots of English people coming and going (the Algarve is very popular for the English). They were all in holiday clothes and some wearing fancy walking gear. Mark and I played ‘spot the English person’ as they disembarked from trains until his train turned up and off he went. I had a two hour wait until my train so I found a little cafe and ate a cheese and ham toasty. Mmm.
So I managed to catch the right train and after an hour and a half, I arrived at my final destination in the Alejento region of Portugal. I met my host, Alfredo, and off we went in his safari 4×4 with installed race car seats. Alfredo needed to buy some food and then return to the train station to pick up two more Woofers, so whilst we were in the supermarket he bought me a coffee and a pastel de nata, which is a very famous pastry in Portugal. What a fantastic start to the trip!
We then returned to the train station and picked up two Dutch girls, called Hilde and Hedda. It was really cool meeting them and learning about their previous Woofing experience. I had absolutely no idea what to expect so it was great to get some perspective. They both had different stories to tell and led lives that were so incredibly different from myself. We then drove to the quinta (farm) and settled in. In the space of two days I’ve learnt so much Portuguese and so far it’s been a fantastic experience! I’ll keep you all posted as to how it goes :)