LOCATION: Salamanca & Porto

Rented a car today and drove through the mountains of Western Spain into Portugal. So make that two countries this year. The mountains are very rural and it seems much of Portugal's population is located on the coast in cities like Porto. The city is beautiful in that fallen star, run down kind of way. Portugal used to be one of the richest nations in the world - today that surely isn't the case. But damn, the women are lovely here - the all look a bit like Russ' girlfriend, Portugese is an interesting sounding language - sounds like a mix of Spanish and Russian.