Well, we did it. Our last few weeks in Portugal were filled with good-byes and tying up loose ends,
with making costumes for carnival,
|Our little Horse goes to School|
with dinner parties,
|Our Last Dinner Party at our House|
|Tristan Entertains the Guests|
and fresh oysters from the Ria delivered to our house by Deolinda, which were consumed amidst the boxes.
|There is Life Among the Boxes!|
|Packed and Ready to Go!|
got some sleep,
|A few extra Minutes of Sleep|
then we woke up and drove away.
The airport seemed like a marathon all on its own, assembling crates, taking the dogs for a last bathroom break, going back and forth between the oversize baggage and the counter. Checking in 5 bags, 4 animals, 4 people, and consolidating carry-ons. Dan left Tristan with security to sprint to the gate next door when he heard them call our names on the final boarding, while I waited on the other side with a screaming Amelia who they wouldn't let me carry through (she won that battle with them). It was exhausting, but we made it through it and the following 16 hours of travel.