Someday I will go back to Portugal
28.01.2011 - 30.01.2011
Hi everyone, finally I decided to open up a blog. Now it’ll be so much easier to update my life in Europe. I need catch up with what has happened in this past month. Hopefully I will finish all this weekend. I’m not going anywhere this weekend, just stay in Oviedo and catch up with shopping. ☺ It’s sales season here!
Ok, back to Portugal. Ahh, I love, love this country very much. My crew left on a Friday morning. The flight was at 7:35am, yeah really early. We met up at school around 5:30am and headed to the bus station. We almost missed the bus that goes to the airport because we had no idea where to buy the bus tickets. I like Raeanne’s expression -- we were like chicken with head cut off at the bus station. Haha. Well, we eventually made it to the airport. The layover was 5 hours, not fun. But I slept for the most part. I was up to 2am the night before since I was making traveling plan for the crew and got at 5 in the morning. We finally got to Lisboa in the afternoon. I like our hostel a lot, we had our own room even though it was supposed to be for 8 people. We went to a famous Miradouro (viewpoint) and I was super excited. This is one of the reasons that I love Lisbon, Portugal--I can overlook the entire city, I love that feeling. Friday night we also went to a really fancy dinner and had Bacalhau—cod fish, it’s Portugal’s national fish. Another reason that I love Lisbon, there is seafood! We also listened to Fado—traditional Portuguese music, I really like it.
Amália Rodrigues--Queen of Fado. I bought her CD!!!
Saturday was full of adventure. We went to the flea market in Alfama and all of us got some goodies. I bought Fado CD, I think the art of a country never dies. Some of us bought scarves. Oh, the tiles!!! Portugal is famous for their tiles. Of course I can’t miss it. My goal of going to the market was to get Fado CD and tiles! We explored Alfama and found another great miradouro. After Alfama we went to St. George Castle, I think it’s one of the most oldest castle in Portugal.
Portugal’s public transportation is really good and I guess so are other European countries. We took tram to our next destination--Tower Belém. Near where Belém is is the famous pastry shop—Pasteis de Belém. We joked that we went to Portugal just for the pastry. There Pasteis de nata is amazing, I should have ordered more! We were all tired after this so we went back to our hostel and took a nap! Then headed to Bairro Alto—where everyone in Lisbon goes at night. So sad we couldn’t find a place to dance, we learned that the European style of going out is completely different from that in the US (I should realize it when I’m in Spain). Everyone was drinking on the street and the clubs are not going to open until 2am. People don’t go home until 6am. We couldn’t stay up that late even though we really wanted to see the real nightlife in Lisbon.
Sunday was short because we had to catch a flight in the afternoon. We went to this park that is close to the airport, it’s called Parque Das Nações. It sits right on the coast, and the sea is so beautiful. There were so many things in the park that we couldn’t see all. There is an oceanarium, too bad we didn’t have time to see it. Guess what we did in the park, we got more pastries and ice cream! After all these wonderful trips, we headed to the airport.
It was not hard to get around in Portugal, most things have English translation and a lot of people can speak English. But knowing Spanish definitely helps, Portuguese still prefers Spanish than English! By the way, I’m impressed by how well I can read the map. I took my crew to all the places, I think I was a pretty good leader for this trip. This is the first time for me (and I believe for most of us as well) to travel with our own plan. It was a good experience and with a lot of freedom. I’ll continue doing it for my trips in the future.
Pictures are coming this weekend.
Chinese version is coming soon.
Next Trip: Feb 10th-14th Barcelona, Spain.