Portugal

Chidinma Oguike Period 6- May 13, 2015

Portugal Flag

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Climate/Weather

The climate in mainland Portugal varies from north to south and from coast to mountain. In the south, they have hot summers and mild winters (so more of a Mediterranean climate). Up in the north, the coast gets warmed by the Gulf Stream. Summers are warm and winter is still mild. Going further inland the summers are still hot but the winter temperature lowers and around this time you can find snow.

In the Algarve, there are twelve hours a day of sunlight. The average maximum temperature is 82 degrees Fahrenheit and minimum being 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Up in the north, even though temperatures are lower, it still receives eleven hours of sunlight a day. During the summer it is ideal to travel here with the calm, cooling, light, breezes.
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Culture

Languages that are spoken in Portugal include Portuguese, Spanish, Castilian, and Catalan (but Portuguese is the most widely used one). Their major religion is Roman Catholicism. Based on this religion, natives celebrate Catholic holidays such as Christmas and Easter, but they also celebrate patron saints that have special designated days on which festivals are held.

Batalha Monastery

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Sightseeing Activities

Current Information

The economy in Portugal could use help as the unemployment rates are getting higher. Includes Parliamentary government. The current president of Portugal is Aibal Cavaco Silva. Prime Minister is Pedro Passos Coelho. The currency used is the Euro which is about $1.12. Some of their most popular exports are wine, gold, and refined petroleum
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Food

Portugal includes Mediterranean and American influences including tomatoes, peppers, olives, olive oil, lemons, wheat, wine, and fish. The major foods of Portugal include fish, various kinds of meat, rice, and potatoes. Salted cod - bacalhau - is commonly eaten. Salads and locally grown fruits and vegetables also are popular.

Oven Baked Sweet Plantain

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. Coat a nonstick cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Cut the ends off of the plantains and peel.
  4. Cut each plantain on the diagonal into 1/2 inch slices.
  5. Arrange in single layer and coat tops with cooking spray.
  6. Bake, turning occasionally, for 10-15 minutes, until plantains are golden brown and very tender.
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Transportation and Lodging

It would take about 10 hours and 20 minutes stopping once from O'Hare Airport to Portela Airport Lisbon. The round-trip flight ticket fee will be about $1321. For a vacation stay in Lisbon, Portugal, the best choice would be the Corinthia Hotel. This is a five-star hotel with the convenience of having the airport nearby. For the executive suite with club lounge access it will be approximately 133 euros per night. After checking in and settling for a few hours, stop by the Belem Tower would cost about 5 euros, or free with a Lisboa card. In the morning, a buffet breakfast will be provided then, spend the day seeing the National Museum of Ancient Arts which would be free and roaming and taking pictures through Lisbon. On the last day, end with a stunning experience at the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos would cost 25 euros, then it's back to Chicago. Total, the whole vacation will cost about $1,652.91 (1478.06 euros).

Works Cited

Works Cited

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“Prosecutors Search State Offices across Country in ‘Golden Visa’ Probe.” Portugal News Online 29 Apr. 2015: n. pag. The Portugal News Online. Web. 29 Apr. 2015. <http://www.theportugalnews.com/news/prosecutors-search-state-offices-across-country-in-golden-visa-probe/34619>.

Sager, Robert J., David M. Helgren, and Alison S. Brooks. People, Places, and Change. N.p.: n.p., 2003. Print.

"Oven Baked Sweet Plantains." Food.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2015.
<http://www.food.com/recipe/oven-baked-sweet-plantains-80130>.