Two barnacles if I'm being totally honest. It happened while I was on a business trip in Portugal, struggling to adjust to the time zone, and someone said "Here try a barnacle."
Apparently a little jet lag is all it takes to break down my defenses. That and Portugal is a sweet place.
Prior to my great barnacle eating event of 2013 I did some sight seeing. The group I was with took a tour of a The Castle of the Moors which is a hilltop fortress that gives an entirely new meaning to the word hilltop. I've climbed mountains that seemed a lot flatter than this hill. The view from the top was both spectacular and terrifying at the same time.
|The castle is on the left. The "outside" is on the right.|
The combination of the wind and rain made walking the castle walls fairly scary. I started climbing up a set of steps and realized that the clouds were so thick I couldn't see the top.
|It keeps going for quite a while after the clouds take over the view.|
The weather was harsh and there weren't any great places to escape it in the castle. It gave me a new appreciation for how hated the Moors must have felt that they'd build and hang out in a place like this.
Later that day the weather cleared up and we visited the Pena National Palace. Nice place. A little big for my taste, but I'm sure most people that don't own one of these say things like that.
|Fairly enormous panorama of the Pena National Palace|
|Every time I look at this picture I think Naboo...|
|Seriously, doesn't this look like Naboo?|
Before we left one of my teammates took a picture of me at the Palace. I blend right in like I own the place don't I?
Eventually we got hungry and made our way off to dinner. That's when I ate the barnacle. For the record, they taste like oil and garlic and they're tasty. Honestly, everything I ate in Portugal was delicious. It really says something about a place when they can make a plate that looks like this taste good.