Portugal 21 May: Pombal - Nazaré

...and more schools

Welcome to Pombal! We left Coimbra behind and went further South...

..we reache the centre of the city, where kids awaited us in a park near the city hall...

...the kids turned the park into a running track...

...some of the children joined us for the visit to the city hall...

Mr. Narciso Ferreira Mota, Mayor of Pombal, and his deputy, Mr. Luis Diogo de Paiva Alves Mateus, received us warmly!

Thank you Pombal for the great meeting!

...the mayor took the torch and we went off for Leiria..

...as we reached Leiria, a group of kids was already eagerly waiting for us.

...they joined us all the way to the next school...

...where we got a big reception!

...all the kids nicely color-coded...

...balloons went up into the sky...

..and all kids passed the torch...

A group picture with the Joao de Deus school and the city deputy Goncalo Nuno Bertolo Gordalina Lopes

...we were invited for some lunch with the kids..

...on small chairs...

...after the food the children offered us nice gifts..

..and as we left the gorgeous meal, which was absolutely delicious, the kids even sang for us!
What a great place! Thanks for the hospitality!

...and they ended up as car decoration!

...we went on to the city hall...

...the mayor, more children and spectators were already waiting for us. Sorry for the delay, but the Portuguese hospitality was too strong!

Mr. Raul Miguel de Castro, Mayor of Leiria, received the torch...

...he passed it on to the representative of the Exercito Portugues, Regimento de Artilharia n4...

...kids played the European anthem for us...

Thanks for running with us!

A perfect ending for a great meeting! Thank you Leiria!

The soldiers joined us until the end of the city...

...and we went on...

...a short break in the afternoon...

...Fonte Santa School was next:

...the children were lined up and very enthusiastic!

..peace can be felt in the heart...

..a school ground stampede...

...the school prepared a wall to be painted by the childen and our int. runners...

...a Peace Run Cake topped the refreshments!

Thank you Fonte Santa for the warm welcome! Portugal overwhelmed us today with its big heart!