Finally the time has come. The wind forecast is stable and we will leave Porto tomorrow. We want to drive straight through to Lisbon because after the wind there is a calm hole that lasts several days. Somehow the wind either comes from the opposite direction or shines through absence. But tomorrow it will be good, we have good chances of wind to Lisbon.
Before that we take a walk through Palmeira, the district at the marina. We want to see if we can still find a cat.
We can see a few shy street cats. They scurry away after a photo. We are too slow for one or the other cat. But we get a few cats in front of the lenses.
A single cat can be petted. She sits in front of a church entrance and enjoys the pats for a few minutes. Then it gets too much for her and she disappears into the church. Therefore we cannot take a clever picture of her, we were too busy caressing.
We are suspiciously observed by this cat on the wall, who is not very happy with it and who immediately went to a safe height when we arrived.
Since it is lucky to be able to pet a cat the day before departure, we now have everything we need for the crossing to Lisbon.
Yesterday a German sailing yacht came into port here in Leixoes, followed by the skipper and five charter guests. You left today and are on your way to Mallorca and the Canary Islands. At least the boat will go to the Canary Islands. The trip started in Amsterdam a week and a half ago. There was a stop at A Coruna and then the group was already here. After a night's stay in Porto, we continue to Mallorca. Just to classify: We have been in Leixoes for a good two and a half weeks when the others have not even been on their ship in Amsterdam.
For a few days now I have been asked again and again if something happens to us again, if we continue and when. A lot happens with us, but we don't put ourselves under any stress. And we continue to drive when the wind is reasonably appropriate. It looked like it could be so far today, but today it looks like a reasonably stable weather window for tomorrow and the day after. So we will probably be able to continue driving tomorrow.
For me, this time out in Porto is relaxing. In the past few months it has been a buzz word that we have to cross Biscay and then be out of the stress of time. What did we do after Biscay? Of course we went on, on and on. As if we still had the wide bay ahead of us and the stopwatch on our necks. But this is not the case. We want to be in the Canary Islands by the end of October at the latest. It is about 10 days sailing to the Canary Islands. So we still have about 30 port days. So we have the luxury of free time to wait for the right wind.
When we arrived here three weeks ago, I was joking about Eintracht's away game in Guimaraes, which will take place nearby on October 2nd. Today I actually looked for the tickets (are still available) and for the prices (€ 200 for guests, pretty steep). That doesn't motivate us to hang on here for another week.
Are we too slow? I dont know. The others are faster. The Roede Orm is already at the southern end of the Algarve. The Milena Bonatti has started, left Portugal and is heading for the Canary Islands on the high seas. The fairytale is in Nazeré. The Zora in Sintra. To do this, we penetrated deep into the city of Porto, did a lot on the ship and relaxed. Vacation from sailing.
When I think again of the berth charter crew and their ambitious schedule, I shake up cold and think about buying tickets for the away game. We also have to learn to rest, relax in the harbor and do nothing. We have been so socialized over the decades that work is the measure of things and idleness is the beginning of all vice. This is difficult to throw off even after almost four months on Sissi. I get a guilty conscience sometimes when we lay on our lazy skin for a day and I didn't even write a blog post.
It can't be wrong to stroke the cat up there on the street corner. It shouldn't be wrong to leave the diesel in the tank and wait for the right wind. The climate is very pleasant at this time of year.
After almost three weeks, this place gets on my nerves. A local change is announced. The wind forecast for tomorrow is okay.
We shouldn't have looked at the statistics about using our blog. What did we think? So someone cuts off the dreadlocks in Vigo and the video of it goes viral? We have no idea of self-marketing in the harsh realms of the Internet.
In any case, in Inverness we met an expert for clicks on the Internet. Then we sailed around in different areas for months and now we have seen this expert again in Leixoes. Karma.
Karma from SY Fairytale visited us and allowed her staff (Lena and Martin) to grill with us. During her visit, we were allowed to take some pictures of her.
Karma is incredibly plush and soft. She’s so cute. And she allowed us to use this picture of her in our blog. Since the internet belongs to the cute kittens, we will soon have to invest in new servers.
Karma is also generous. While she gave us tips for better self-portrayal (more cat pictures) of our blog on the Internet, she allowed Martin to draw all of the magic potion out of the cider barrel for us. And she just wanted to drink a few sips of the onboard water. Even the generous range of cheeses from me selflessly turned them down.
Karma has kindly agreed to check our mast support for stability.
Now that about 100% of the visitors made jokes about our mast support and called it a cat tree, we now had a visitor who didn't crack jokes, but instead examined the suitability of the so-called cat tree in an unbureaucratic manner. From now on, every visitor can call the mast support “scratching post”, now it is a scratching post.
What Karma didn't really understand was the enthusiasm of the can opener when she was doing gymnastics on the mast support. She then left the salon in the direction of the cockpit and initially stopped consulting. We thought at first.
Then we quickly realized what she wanted to show us. She suddenly asked for treats from her can opener Lena.
At first we admired her patience when Lena didn't do it right and Karma had to wait for her snack. She explained the correct handling with a few gestures of her plush tail. Then we saw the grace and beauty in the posture of the cat and we realized that this would be another 200,000 clicks on the cute cat. The cats rule the Internet.
We hope to see this dear, plush, sweet, cute, soft, cuddly, fluffy, tiny, pretty, proud, graceful, graceful, four-legged fur wearer again in Portugal before we part ways in the Algarve at the latest. But we also hope that Karma has finally shed its winter fur. It is amazing where you suddenly find cat hair - even in rooms that the cat has never entered. Cats can do that!
Hopefully the web server won't break down. Otherwise we can no longer upload new cat pictures. Karma.
Thank you for the visit and for bringing Lena and Martin with you.
Or: use of the public transport network in Porto. You could put it differently. If you know public transport as well as we do in Porto, you've spent too long in the city.
Porto has the Metro, many bus routes and three tourist tram lines. With the Metro there is a zone tariff system. Depending on how many zones you drive, the price is corresponding. The metro tickets are loaded onto a magnetic card, which you have to buy at the machine for the first time for 60 cents. With the metro tickets you can also change to the buses. You can also load day cards on the magnetic card.
The bus driver only has tickets for € 2. With this you can drive as far as the bus is driving. Most bus routes even go very far, the price is usually reasonable.
Line plans, network plans, tariff plans and timetables are posted for all metro and bus routes. For all? No! We were able to discover a second, secret bus network in Porto!
On the picture you can see the bus stop at the marina: “APDL” The one stop sign shows the official line 507 together with the timetable. Then there is a second stop sign with lines 105 and 106, as well as two night lines. There are no departure plans for the 100 lines, and I have not seen any line maps or network maps or timetables posted anywhere in Porto.
If we take line 507 from the marina to the hardware store, it costs € 2 per person each way. There is internet on the bus and air conditioning. If we take line 105 from the marina to the hardware store, it only costs € 1.35 per person, because the secret tariff applies to the secret buses, which is also available on the metro. And of course the metro tickets also apply to the secret buses.
The only disadvantage: you have to guess a bit the route of the secret bus routes. Sometimes, however, you end up in a corner that you would not have expected.
Jens went to work today and completed the painting work in our cockpit. It looks nice and white now and we will no longer burn our feet on the ground when the sun heats the wood. Now we have to get the deck paint and also paint the deck white and then nothing stands in the way of a stay in the Caribbean.
We tracked down a scandal here in Porto. Again and again one hears that wind turbines are only built to chop birds into small parts. I couldn't believe it so far. Or rather up to a walk to the metro via the quays in Porto. There we had wind turbines on the shore, ready lined up.
There is certainly a reason that the outer third of the wings are covered with these teeth. I had never seen wings like this before. If they lie there on the shore like this, they can be thought of as components of huge circular saws that are only there to chop birds in flight. Hmmmm. Do these theories come from here?
While Jens was having fun with the brush, I still have a few pictures Vigo and from here posted on the blog.
Anyway, tomorrow we want to go further south. Let's see how far we'll get.
We have been in Porto in the Marina Porto Atlantico in Leixoes for a few days. We will also stay here for a few more days because we want to do the painting work that we have been putting off since Stavoren. Slowly the effect spreads in the southern sun that the dark wooden floor in the cockpit heats up. So strong that we can no longer stand barefoot there. So there has to be white paint on it, and that worked just fine for the benches.
Sightseeing is still popular, Porto has a great historic old town. Here it is fun to stroll away in the afternoon.
I particularly like the fact that I can still photograph historical trams. It wasn't until we arrived in Porto that I found out about these trains when I read the article in Wikipedia to prepare them. Great. Jens does not share my enthusiasm for 100%….
It is funny that there are still old acquaintances here in the harbor - you have to say it now. The Milena Bonatti, which we have already met in Camarinas and Roscoff, is two boxes away.