Ola everyone!! We took the night train from Madrid to Porto which was an adventure in itself. We were unsure about how our sleeping compartments would work since our tickets had Thomas in bed 15 and me in bed 11. Well, being the Americans we are, we assumed the beds go in numerical order...I was so paranoid that we would be in separate compartments. Thank goodness they don't follow the American way.
While Thomas was busy with the conference, I ventured out on my own and toured the city. Porto is an absolutely beautiful city. The only downside (literally) is you're either walking up a hill or down a hill! This town is not flat!! I'm pretty sure I burned a lot of calories! And don't worry, I told our concierge I was going to wonder around by myself in order to see if there were any areas to avoid. Although there is more of a language barrier here, the people are still very nice! We definitely would like to return to Porto and the surrounding regions!
On our last night, we had the opportunity to attend a dinner and port wine tour at Taylor's across the river with the conference (thanks to Hobson for getting us tickets). The winery had a beautiful view of the city. We were lucky to have a very interesting table for dinner which included people from Italy, Uganda, South Africa, and Nigeria. We talked to the man from Nigeria for a while after dinner. It was amazing to here his story about why he was attending the conference and see so much passion for his cause (oil spill and water availability issues).