This is where the story ends. The Lisbon travel log comes to a sweet conclusion. The part where I stop blathering about Portugal and move on to other, more ordinary topics. But you may as well know, avoidance tactics are my speciality. Tuck that under your wing then read this, my last post on What I Did On My Summer Vacation.
Did I mention that I brought back a Portuguese family to live inside my travel journal? One night on a dark serpentine street in the Barrio Alto I happened upon a sad little wallet with its contents dumped out on the cobblestones. While I bent down to investigate, my sister started hearing jungle drums in her mind. Just as the jungle drums reached a crescendo she saw a shadowy figure step from behind a car wielding a switchblade (or was it a machete?) Since she’s the older sister and since I can’t talk her down once she’s reached threat level red I hurriedly scooped up the photos while she took her numchucks out of her purse…
To see my found family you have to go back to the last episode.
No travel journal is complete without hermetically sealed evidence-gathering envelopes. These go inside the ledger paper pouch I sewed onto the back cover.
Emails have been coming in about where I find my short-term apartment rentals. I’ve added a link list of agencies I’ve used in the past to my right-hand sidebar.
I also received emails from several people with travel journal questions. I’ll include the questions and my answers below.
that Lisbon journal of yours is finger lickin’, lip smackin’, mmm mmm good!
yes, yes, and YES to the travel journal class idea 🙂
I have barely had a mo’ for my current class! I’m SUCH a flunky! I don’t even have a hall pass.
This book, and your adopted family, and your postcards and THE STORY ABOUT HOW YOU GUYS JOURNAL EVERY DAY OF THE TRIP! make me very happy.
It’s basically against temperament for me.
LOTS of internal conflict.
Lucinda Keller says
I am so inspired by your journals!! Thank you for sharing your amazing creativity!
It’s been lovely, Mary Ann. Thank you.
I have really enjoyed watching this journal unfold. It is almost like being along for the trip!
What a jaunty journal journey…fascinating and yummy stuff…the pages, the answers, everything is so delicious…
but..but.. when do we get to hear the rest of the story about sister and the night bandit…?!?
Toni Brown says
Never a more true statement than keeping a travel journal is a full-time occupation. I finally got it RIGHT on the England trip, via what I took, how I collected and saved things, and that I planned many many periods of down time to allow the journaling. I do, however, see lots of little things you do in yours that I would love to incorporate … so yes, a class, good idea. I’ll attend and after, I’ll serve the martinis, ‘k?
Another class to tantalize me. How fantastic. Can’t wait. Mind you, I’m still waiting for the wind to stop blowing down here so I can get back to spray painting!
I’d love a journal class… keep on dreaming about that please!
I’ve kept journals on and off for over 25 years… but they are quite different from yours so I’m sure I’d learn something!
Dawn Sokol says
Your pages are glorious, as ALWAYS! Love how you journal. I’m impressed that you can journal like that on the road. I’ve found that really working on my backgrounds and such before I go on the trip works for me. It leaves the doodling and writing, maybe some adding of images while I’m traveling. But you’re right: it helps you have someone to journal WITH. I don’t have that. Usually what I’ve done is journal at night when I get back to my room. I pull out my supplies and journal on the bed. Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge with us!
I would love to see you teach a class on journaling!!! Count me in that one! Love Love LOVE your journals!
susan w says
When I first saw the page with family I was immediately curious and now I feel sad for them. Perhaps through the magic of the Internet they can find themselves again (photographically). Stranger things have…