(Local synthrockers the Pragmatic are currently in Portugal playing the Optimus Alive 09 fest, which is one of the country's biggest events. The band is keeping a diary for us about its travels. Here's the second installment! The first one can be found here.)
After sleeping for 13 hours, I woke up feeling fatigued and my throat felt pretty dry. However, some lunch, tea and granulated Ibuprofen (must be a European thing) made me feel a lot better.
We headed into Porto this afternoon to check out Taylor's Port, one of Portugal's famous wineries. The parking at the winery was blocked by some construction so we had to park at the bottom of a huge hill. It was quite the trek up but well worth it. Atop the hill we were greeted with free wine tasting and an excellent tour. For those who aren't familiar with Port Wine, it is a dessert wine that is fairly sweet in its flavor. Wine is good.
We got a beautiful view of Porto today and our personal photographer (Andre's mom) got some sweet shots. Later we went to pick up some of the EPs we had released here in April on Optimus Records. We only got 50, but hey, we didn't have to pay for them?
Tomorrow we are going to head down to Lisbon and hang out with some friends there. Talks of an MTV party tomorrow night.
-Karl (someone else will say something one of these days)