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Portugal 2017: Day 10

The weather didn't deter us as we set out on a few mini vans to see the beautiful landscape of the island - although the fog did hurt our ability to see all of its beauty. 

We climbed up through mountains, enjoyed coastal views and even went to Jurassic Park. We saw more churches, amazing hydrangeas, a surfer, waterfalls, hot springs, birds and cows. In fact we were caught in an 'Azorean traffic jam'.

We were prepared with rain coats and umbrellas and made the best of the less-than-perfect weather. But our local guides/drivers Carlos and Jose were terrific and kept us on our toes throughout the day.

We returned to the hotel around 5:30 and have some time before meeting up for dinner. Then we get a late wake-up call (yeah!) before heading to the airport to return to Lisbon.

We heard our fellow travelers had some flight delays but that they all made it home safe - we miss you guys!!!!


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Check out more about the program:  GRIIS Program

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