Our first evening in Porto has been pretty quiet. We did a little more walking around trying to find various landmarks like the National Theater:

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And then we slowly wandered down the huge, steep hill towards the river.

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It was a long, narrow, twisting staircase the entire way down, with locals’ doorways dotting most of the walk. It would be fairly easy to hey lost back in there, but a little common sense got us to the river in pretty much just one try!

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We went with seafood for dinner; it seemed fitting when you’re only a few kilometers from the ocean and have seagulls flying above your head! Here’s a quick video of what it was like to sit by the river (make sure your sounds is on to hear the busker!)

For dinner, I went with grilled octopus (served with potatoes and salad):

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But I think my husband had the most fun with his very traditional Portuguese order of grilled sardines!

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They’re caught, grilled, and served pretty much whole here and are considered to be one of the most important and delicious local foods there is. We even got a lesson in eating them from the Portuguese couple sitting next to us; they are not eaten with a knife and fork, the way we were trying to do it, but picked up in your hands and simply bitten into like a chicken wing or an apple! The bones and other bits clung to each other and the meat can be pulled straight off. My husband says it was actually much easier to eat that way after he tried it and he would happily order then again now that he knows how to eat them. Who knows, maybe he’ll get another chance before we head back into Spain next week!

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