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Yes, up early indeed. At 3.30 am more particularly. Christina, who usually wakes up early in the morning, was the one that served me breakfast at 4.30 am. And why on Earth choose to fly such early flight? Well, this time of year there aren’t too many flights to choose from and if I didn’t wanted to spend another night in Lisbon this was the only option. At 5 am Christina gave me a ride to the João Paulo II Airport and it wasn’t that many souls out; neither on the roads nor the airport. Inside the terminal there were plenty of travelers. It turned out there were two flights departing early in the morning, one with TAP (which I would fly with) and one with Ryan Air. The Ryan Air flight departed at 6.30 am and I guess that flight was fully seated. A huge number of people boarded that plane.

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My flight departed at 7 am and it wasn’t more than 30 people on board.

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After almost two hours I was back at Lisbon Portela Airport and now had time to eat something without any stress before the flight to Stockholm Arlanda Airport departed at 12.50 pm. The flight to Stockholm however, was fully seated. A little disappointed I disembarked the plane at Arlanda and realized all snow chaos more or less had melted away. And on the way from the shuttle bus to the car it rained. Yaay!! Or not… snow mud, grey and boring.

But yet again a fantastic riding vacation! The Azores is an amazing destination and to see it from horseback was wonderful. The horses I have been riding during the week were well taken care of and in good condition. Very good lodging at Quinta da Terça and you really feel like one in the family from the second you set your foot there. Fantastic food and you really don’t have to leave the table hungry. If I travel back to the Azores and not for horseback riding, I could very well see myself hiking instead. The landscape is amazing!

Posted by bejjan 16:00 Archived in Portugal Tagged traveling azores

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