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Snow in Portugal - Truth or Myth?

May 04, 2022 Mia Esmeriz Season 1 Episode 35
Snow in Portugal - Truth or Myth?
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Mia Esmeriz Academy - Learn European Portuguese Online
Snow in Portugal - Truth or Myth?
May 04, 2022 Season 1 Episode 35
Mia Esmeriz

Do you believe that it can snow in Portugal? Do you believe that you can ski and snowboard in Portugal? Is this a myth or is it true?

If you want to find out, I invite you to watch this video that I made in Serra da Estrela! 🙂 Who knows? You might be surprised!
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Do you believe that it can snow in Portugal? Do you believe that you can ski and snowboard in Portugal? Is this a myth or is it true?

If you want to find out, I invite you to watch this video that I made in Serra da Estrela! 🙂 Who knows? You might be surprised!
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If yes, feel free to check out my FREE WEBINAR, where I will speak about 10 SECRETS to learn European Portuguese Fast and Effectively:
https://event.webinarjam.com/register/58/7qv02bmr
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WEBSITE:
https://learn-portuguese.org

ONLINE COURSES:
https://school.learn-portuguese.org/courses

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https://learn-portuguese.org/posts

SOCIAL MEDIA:
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Olá!

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Muitas pessoas pensam que Portugal é um lugar

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cheio de sol, onde só chove muito raramente

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e onde a neve não existe!

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No entanto, apesar de ser verdade que Portugal

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é um país mais ameno, onde a temperatura é 

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geralmente moderada, há também momentos em que

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a chuva, a neve e o frio se apresentam

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 neste lindo país.

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Mas será que se pode esquiar

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e fazer snowboard em Portugal?

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Se quiserem descobrir,

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fiquem comigo até ao final do vídeo! 

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Então, no fim de semana de 25 de Abril, 

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como era feriado e foi fim de semana prolongado,

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eu e o Dominik decidimos ir à Serra da Estrela.

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A Serra da Estrela é a montanha mais alta de 

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Portugal Continental, sendo apenas ultrapassada

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em altura pelo Pico, na ilha do Pico, nos Açores.

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Esta montanha é linda de verão e de inverno.

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Tem uma altura de 1993 metros e o seu ponto

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mais alto é chamado de Torre.

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No verão, podemos fazer caminhadas e

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descobrir a beleza natural da serra,

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com os seus vales glaciares -

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Loriga, Manteigas ou o Covão do Urso, por exemplo.

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Podemos também ver as nascentes dos

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rios portugueses Mondego, Zêzere e Alva. 

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Já no inverno e até ao início da primavera,

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é recorrente que faça bastante frio

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e até que neve na Serra da Estrela. 

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E foi isso que aconteceu no fim de semana

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de 24 e 25 de Abril.

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O maior nevão da época!

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Ora, isto é bastante raro de acontecer já quase em

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maio, mas foi mesmo isso que se passou!

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Por isso, como amantes da neve,

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 lá fomos nós à aventura!

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Chegamos à serra no dia 25

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 e vimos imensa gente! 

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Os Portugueses, na sua maioria, 

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não estão muito habituados à neve,

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por isso quando ela chega, 

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e assim com tanta abundância,

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muitos se deslocam de suas casas

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até à Serra para vê-la.

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Um facto que também muita gente desconhece,

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é que na Torre há uma estância de esqui, 

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onde se pode esquiar. 

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E eu, como amante de esqui, 

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foi para lá que me dirigi, logo no primeiro dia.

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Tínhamos comprado os forfeit online para dois dias, 

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e também tínhamos alugado o

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 equipamento da mesma forma.

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Tem mesmo que se fazer a compra online,

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porque não é possível fazê-lo lá.

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Não sei se foi por causa das medidas do covid,

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 mas é assim.

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Chegando lá, vimos que as pistas estavam 

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na sua maioria abertas e a funcionar. 

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Para os principiantes, especialmente, as pistas da 

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serra são bastante adequadas. A estância tem nove

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pistas balizadas, 9 pistas naturais e um snowpark,

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para quem está só a aprender e quando não há neve.

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Para além disso, tem um tapete, dois teleskis,

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e uma telecadeira, para ajudar as pessoas

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a chegarem ao topo de cada pista.

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Como eu sou principiante, comecei por subir

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no tapete até ao topo da Pista do Cântaro.

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No entanto, mesmo para mim, essa pista foi muito

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fácil, pelo que da segunda vez subi pelo teleski do

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Covão e fiz a pista do Covão. Essa já foi um

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pouquinho menos fácil, mas mesmo assim eu achei

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que queria ir para uma que fosse

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um pouquinho mais avançada.

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Por isso, fizemos o caminho até à

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Telecadeira da Torre. Como não tenho muita

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experiência, foi engraçado quando me sentei pela

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primeira vez na mesma. Esta apenas tem uma barra

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de segurança que temos que ser nós a puxar

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para baixo e a segurar. Ora, eu como tenho medo

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das alturas, fiz um pouco de fitas na primeira viagem.

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No entanto, rapidamente me habituei e até gostei 

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de ali estar, o que me deixou apreciar a vista, 

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que era fantástica!

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O pior foi quando cheguei lá ao cimo

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e caí ao sair da cadeira. 

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Se for a vossa primeira vez, tenham cuidado! 

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Lá em cima, descemos uma vez pela pista da Loriga,

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que é uma pista interessante, e da segunda vez pela

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pista do vale, que foi a minha preferida!

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A neve na pista do vale estava muito boa para

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esquiar, e não se via tanto as pedras que estavam

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a começar a aparecer em outros locais.

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Infelizmente, a diversão acabou rapidamente,

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pois nós já chegamos tarde 

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- cerca da uma da tarde -

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e a estância fechou às 16. 

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Fiquei um pouco triste por ter que ir embora tão cedo,

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mas não houve nada a fazer!

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Ainda por cima, fiquei a saber que estava previsto

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chover durante a noite, e no dia seguinte, 

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pelo que não iria ser possível voltar à estáncia.

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Assim, entregamos o equipamento, vestimos as

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nossas roupas e dirigimo-nos para o nosso hotel. 

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Ficamos no hotel Luna Hotel Serra da Estrela, 

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que é um hotel de 4 estrelas e é aquele que fica 

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mais perto da estância de esqui.

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O quarto era razoável e tivemos pequeno-almoço

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incluído, mas achamos que a relação

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qualidade-preço não foi a melhor.

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Assim, da próxima vez, penso que ficaremos num

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sítio no centro da Covilhã,

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apesar de ser mais longe da estância,

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ou então talvez tentemos a Pousada da Serra da

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Estrela, que parece ser um pouco melhor.

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No entanto, se quiserem estar o mais perto 

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possível da estância, o Luna Hotel Serra da Estrela

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é o melhor local.

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Para almoçar e jantar, fomos ao centro da Covilhã, 

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a um restaurante muito bom chamado

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Casa das Muralhas e também a um outro restaurante 

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perto do hotel em que ficamos, 

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que se chama Varanda da Estrela.

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Os dois serviram comida deliciosa

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 e recomendo-os vivamente!

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No segundo dia ficamos a descansar no hotel

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e a respirar o ar puro da montanha.

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No terceiro dia decidimos ir visitar a pista de gelo 

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que fica ao lado da Pousada da Juventude.

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Pagamos 5 euros por pessoa para andar meia hora, 

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e foi bastante divertido. Os donos são muito

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simpáticos e disseram que não nos saímos mal,

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para quem nunca tinha experimentado.

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Se calhar o nosso sucesso também se deveu 

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aos nossos amigos golfinhos,

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que nos ajudaram a patinar!

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Depois de meia hora a brincar como crianças no gelo,

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fizemos o check out do hotel e viemos para casa. 

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No caminho para casa, passamos por Lamego

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e vimos a Nossa Senhora dos Remédios e

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almoçamos na Régua, com uma vista espetacular

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 sobre o rio Douro. 

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O tempo estava bastante ameno de novo,

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e nem parecia que tínhamos estado a

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esquiar apenas dois dias antes!

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Isto é, para mim, uma das maravilhas de viver

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em Portugal - um dia podemos estar na neve, com

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muito frio, e no dia seguinte ao sol, com muito calor.

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O que acham disto? 

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Também gostavam de experimentar 

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esquiar na Serra da Estrela?

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Já alguma vez o fizeram? 

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Digam-me nos comentários em baixo.

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Se quiserem saber mais sobre a cultura e

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costumes portugueses, assim como sobre a língua,

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não se esqueçam de ver o link que vou deixar

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também aqui em baixo. Esse link vai levar-vos até 

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ao meu webinar, onde vos vou falar de alguns dos

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erros mais comuns que os alunos de português

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fazem e onde vou partilhar alguns truques convosco

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para que possam ultrapassar esses erros.

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Vão lá ver o link.

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Agora, despeço-me por hoje!

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Espero que tenham gostado deste vídeo

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 e vejo-vos num próximo. Até lá! Beijinhos!



ENGLISH:

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Hi!

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Many people think that Portugal is a place 

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full of sun, where it only rains very rarely

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and where there is no snow!

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However, although Portugal is indeed

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a milder country, where the temperature is 

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generally moderate, there are also times when

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rain, snow, and cold are present

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in this beautiful country. 

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But can you ski

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and snowboard in Portugal?

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If you want to find out,

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stay with me until the end of the video!

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So, on the weekend of April 25th,

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as it was a holiday and it was a long weekend,

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Dominik and I decided to go to Serra da Estrela. 

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Serra da Estrela is the highest mountain in 

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mainland Portugal, only surpassed

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in height by Pico, on the island of Pico, in the Azores.

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This mountain is beautiful in summer and winter.

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It has a height of 1993 meters and its

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highest point is called Torre (Tower).

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In summer, we can go hiking and 

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discover the natural beauty of the mountain, 

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with its glacial valleys -

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Loriga, Manteigas or Covão do Urso, for example. 

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We can also see the sources of the 

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Portuguese rivers Mondego, Zêzere, and Alva.

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In winter and until the beginning of spring,

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it is common for it to be quite cold 

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and even snow in Serra da Estrela.

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And that's what happened on the weekend

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of April 24th and 25th.

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The biggest blizzard of the season! 

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Now, this is quite rare to happen almost in

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May, but that's exactly what happened!

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So, as snow lovers, 

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off we went!

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We arrived at the mountain on the 25th

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and saw a lot of people!

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The Portuguese, for the most part,

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are not very used to snow,

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so when it comes, 

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and with such abundance,

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many travel from their homes

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to the mountain to see it.

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Many people are also unaware

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that there is a ski resort in Torre,

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where you can ski.

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And I, as a ski lover, 

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went there on the first day.

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We had bought the forfeits online for two days, 

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and we had also rented the

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 equipment in the same way.

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You have to buy it online,

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because you can't do it there. 

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I don't know if it was because of the covid measures,

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but that's how it is.

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Arriving there, we saw that the tracks were 

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mostly open and working. 

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For beginners, especially, the slopes of the

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mountain range are quite suitable. The resort has nine

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marked pistes, 9 natural pistes, and a snowpark,

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for those who are just learning and when there is no snow.

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In addition, it has a mat, two teleskis,

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and a chairlift to help people

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 reach the top of each slope.

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As I am a beginner, I started by climbing

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the mat to the top of Pista do Cântaro. 

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However, even for me, this track was very

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easy, so the second time I took the Covão Tele ski 

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and did the Covão track. This one was already a

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little less easy, but even so, I thought

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I wanted to go for one that was 

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a little more advanced.

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So we made the way to the

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 Torre Chairlift. As I don't have much 

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experience, it was funny when I first

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sat on it. This one just has a safety bar 

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that we have to pull

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down and hold. Now, as I'm afraid

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of heights, I made a bit of a scene on the first trip.

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However, I quickly got used to it and even enjoyed 

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being there, which allowed me to enjoy the view,

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which was fantastic!

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The worst was when I got to the top 

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and fell out of the chair.

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If it's your first time, be careful!

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Up there, we went down once on the Loriga track, 

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which is an interesting slope, and the second time on the

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 Vale slope, which was my favorite!

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There, the snow was very good for

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skiing, and the rocks that were

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starting to appear in other places weren't visible as much.

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Unfortunately, the fun ended quickly

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 as we arrived late

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- around 1 pm -

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and the resort closed at 4 pm. 

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 I was a little sad to have to leave so early,

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but there was nothing I could do!

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On top of that, I learned that it was expected

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 that it would rain overnight, and the next day,

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so it wouldn't be possible to go back the next day.

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So, we delivered the equipment, put on

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our clothes, and headed to our hotel.

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We stayed at the Luna Hotel Serra da Estrela,

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which is a 4-star hotel and is the one

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closest to the ski resort.

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The room was reasonable and we had breakfast

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included, but we felt that the 

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value for money was not the best. 

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So next time, I think we'll stay somewhere 

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in the center of Covilhã,

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although it's farther from the resort,

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or maybe we'll try the Pousada da Serra da

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Estrela, which seems to be a little better.

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However, if you want to be as close to the

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resort as possible, Luna Hotel Serra da Estrela 

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is the best place.

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For lunch and dinner, we went to the center of Covilhã,

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to a very good restaurant called

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Casa das Muralhas and also to another restaurant

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near the hotel where we stayed,

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called Varanda da Estrela.

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Both served delicious food 

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and I highly recommend them!

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On the second day, we rested at the hotel 

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and enjoyed the fresh mountain air.

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On the third day, we decided to visit the ice rink

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next to the Youth Hostel.

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We paid 5 euros per person to skate for half an hour,

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and it was quite fun. The owners are very

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friendly and said we didn't do badly,

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for someone who had never tried it.

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Perhaps our success was also due

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 to our dolphin friends,

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who helped us skate!

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After half an hour of playing like children on the ice,

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we checked out of the hotel and came home.

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On the way home, we passed through Lamego

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and saw Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and

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had lunch in Régua, with a spectacular

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view over the Douro River.

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The weather was pretty mild again,

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and it didn't even feel like we'd been 

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skiing just two days before!

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This is, for me, one of the wonders of living

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in Portugal - one day we can be in the snow, very

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cold, and the next day in the sun, very hot.

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What do you think about this? 

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Would you also like to try

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skiing in Serra da Estrela?

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Have you ever done it? 

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Let me know in the comments below.

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If you want to know more about the Portuguese culture and

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customs, as well as the language,

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don't forget to check the link

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below. This link will take you to

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my webinar, where I will tell you about some of the

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most common mistakes that learners of Portuguese

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make and where I will share some tricks with you 

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so that you can overcome these mistakes.

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Go see the link.

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Now, I say goodbye for today!

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I hope you enjoyed this video 

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and I'll see you in the next one. Until then! Kisses!