Travel Is Great – Jet-Lag Is The Pits
We have just returned from nearly 2 weeks in Portugal and northwest Spain. We had never been to either location. As always, visiting new places and experiencing different cultures is enlightening. We were thrilled.
Portugal is attempting to preserve the best aspects of its past, while moving to integrate into the EU. Family and Community are strong bonds for many. Blue Zones abound.
Porto and the Douro River are all about the ancient vineyards and steeply terraced hillsides. Port wine is giving way to a renaissance of dry reds and whites. We visited a small villiage which produces wines and bakes thousands of loaves of bread daily the old-fashioned way, in wood fired ovens.
Castello Rodrigo is a small hilltop fortified village occupied in turn by Celts, Romans, Moors and Christians over millenia. The streets are steep, narrow, and primarily pedestrian only. The buildings are mostly from the eleventh and twelfth centuries.
We visited the 4th and 5th oldest Universities in Europe. We explored Salamanca and Santiago de Compostella. Not all of history is pretty, but it is enlightening. How can you understand where you are, or have any idea where you are going, if you do not know where you have been?
River Cruises make travel easy. This was our second trip with Viking.
European diets are different. More about that later. First I need to recover from west-bound jet-lag.
Jay Ginther, MD