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The short yellow ribbons these students have indicate they are juniors in the school of medicine.

Red, and long, denote seniors in the study of law. And these girls are seniors in science.

Another custom concerns the capes the boys wear, with the fringe on the bottom that tells quite a story. When a boy and girl kiss, she is given the dubious honor of making a tear in his cape. What a sly way to kiss and tell.

Football's a popular sport, only here the opposing team is a bull. On this play, it's Coimbra's ball with the bull fast gaining. Every spring this amazing football game takes place, along with one of the most extraordinary sports of all.

The object of the game is for the boys to bring the bull to a complete standstill. They are rarely hurt, as the lead boy knows just how to land between the horns. The rest join in to bring the indignant bull to a halt.

The next event was billed as the 'twist of the ballerinas', or as the program said, "Bottoms Up!".

After the fun in Coimbra, we went in quest of the inns we had heard so much about, called Pousadas. And cradled within the medieval town of Obidos, we discovered the inn to be, of all things, a castle.

Here we were magically transported back to the 12th century, when kings of yore occupied its royal rooms, which have now been remodeled into charming accommodations for the guests.

We felt we could remain here forever, but due to the extreme popularity of the Pousadas, one can stay only a maximum of five days in each, so we continued on to others.

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