Portugal was very similar to Spain - a lot of castles, old buildings, history, and a lot of fun. :)
We flew into Lisbon and rented a car, and drove all over Portugal and made our way back to Lisbon. We went to so many cool cities and even the long drives were amazing!! It was such a scenic view the whole way to our next destination. I would rate Portugal a two thumbs up. :)
Here are some pictures from Portugal!
Our first Sunday in Portugal we went to church and it seriously was so awesome! It was a branch and the smallest branch I had been to! There were only about 20 people (including kids). The people were so nice. I just thought it was cool that this small group came to worship Him. Going to church every Sunday and seeing so many different kinds of people live the gospel has been so beautiful for me to see. We are all part of God's army and seeking to follow and learn and return to him. God is good. :)
As we were driving around Portugal, my family listened to the book "Wonder" (by R.J. Palacio) if you haven't read it, you got to. I've read it like a million times. ;) But as we were listening to it in the car, I expanded my thoughts and related myself more to it. One of my thoughts after listening to this book was:
Sometimes I can get super like, "I don’t like this about myself, etc." (I'm talking about my looks) Now this isn’t often!!! But lets be honest we all can do it sometimes. A certain part that hit me in Wonder, reminded me that people really don’t care what you look like (they shouldn’t at least haha) but it's who you are on the inside!! In the book, Jack (Auggie's best friend) says, "You do get used to his face. The first couple of times, I was like, woah, I'm never going to get used to this. And then, after about a week, I was like, huh, it's not so bad."
One of my close friends was talking to me the other day about when she first saw me (which was in elementary school) and she said she definitely saw something but then she said now that she's known me for so long, its like its not even there. She doesn’t look at me that way. This actually really comforted me because it has made me realize, my friends don’t care how I look. They just care who I am on the inside.
Don't look on the outside to see who a person is, look on the inside. ;)