Location: Monastery of Jeronimos, Lisbon, Portugal
Date: October 2013
You might recall that in October 2013, the United States government went through a three-week shutdown. At the time I was working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and I entered the shutdown with a little bit of trepidation not knowing when (or if) I’d get paid next and when we’d be going back to work. I spent the next two weeks cleaning and baking like mad. I think I only spent $1.87 during those two weeks to buy a bottle of water one morning before going to volunteer at a food pantry.
By the time week three rolled around, I was antsy and stir-crazy. I also was nervous about the fact that I had a previously planned trip to Portugal coming up. Turns out, Congress passed a budget, I went back to work for one day and then boarded a plane the next … turning my three weeks out of the office into a little more than four. The image above was the first thing I saw when we landed in Lisbon. It was a beautiful day and a great way to stretch our legs after an overnight flight. The monastery dates back to 1495, and the inside is even more spectacular than the outside!