Sorry for the huge delay in this post, it’s been a crazy transition getting back home! Jumping right into it, week 4 was a lot like the others except for switching to a different specialty and having a different excursion.
This week’s hospital specialty was Infectious Disease, which was by far the most interesting! Because Lisbon is a huge port town, the doctors see all kinds of diseases that we wouldn’t often find in the US. They also get plenty of people coming from the areas in Africa where Portugal used to have control decades ago. All of that mixed with doctors that went into great detail about patients’ medical history made for a fascinating four days.
The Carmo Ruin and Archaeological Musuem
On Tuesday, I went with two friends to the Carmo Ruins and Archaeological Museum. It was known as one of the most beautiful Gothic temples in Lisbon until it was almost destroyed by the famous earthquake in 1755. They started to rebuild it until all religious orders were abolished in the country, so it stands unfinished and roofless. Now it is conserved as a musuem and has a lot of different artifacts, such as mummies, tombs, and idols.
This was one of the locations of this week’s excursion, a medieval town surrounded by walls. There have been settlements around the area of Obidos Castle for centuries before the actual castle was constructed in the 8th century. It was fully conquered by the Portuguese in 1195 (previously under control of Muslims). Through the years, villages were created in the surrounding area after the castle was no longer needed to provide protection in various battles. It is a mixture of Romanesque, Gothic, Baroque, and Manueline architecture.
Nazare was absolutely beautiful and the beach where the tallest wave was ever surfed by Garrett McNamara. It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in Portugal. The legend is that the town gets its name from a statue of the Virgin Mary that was brought by a monk from Nazareth. The story is that the life of a Portuguese knight was saved by a vision of Mary and a chapel was built in her honor that eventually helped a town to grow nearby. It has become a major tourist attraction and is considered to have some of the best beaches in all of Portugal.