I spent my long weekend in Portugal with a couple friends from my program and had an absolute blast. I love being able to add a new stamp to my passport and add a new pin to my travel map. We woke up bright and early on friday morning to head over to Lisboa, Portugal and returned around 8pm on Sunday.
Our hostel was so awesome! I actually would call it a hotel instead of a hostel because we had two private rooms, complete with a maid, our own bathrooms and continental breakfast. Heres a few pics from our awesome hostel:
|We called the chair "the Beetlejuice chair"|
|I willingly gave up the queen bed for the top bunk!|
|Bryn and Taylor's amazing wall mural|
|Bryn and Taylor's gorgeous view/ one of my favorite pictures|
|The trees had these strange seat/pot holder things.|
|All of the streets had different beautiful designs|
|Jerónimos Monastery -very famous, very huge.|
|Inside of the Monastery|
We then went to the famous Padrão dos Descobrimentos which is a monument that was created to welcome the explorers to Lisboa. Columbus stands at the very end holding a ship. Then we went to the famous Belém Tower.
That night we climbed up the steep streets up to a castel to watch the sunset. We were very amused by the little old man that we asked for directions from. Instead of pointing us in the direction of the castel, he decided to up and take us there. He was so cute and funny, he reminded me a little of my Grandpa. All of the Portugese locals we met were so so nice. They're probably the nicest people I've met here so far!
|Our friendly tour guide|
All in all it was a fantastic trip. I really enjoyed myself and loved discovering a new culture. By the way, Portugese does not sound anything like Spanish. We were SO lost, but many of the locals spoke English. Also, the food was excellent, especially the beer!
|Lisboa has this bridge called 25 de Abril Bridge that looks identical to The Golden Gate Bridge!|
|Sagres beer is very popular in Portugal and delicious!|
|Palm tree or pineapple?|
|The tiled buildings were my favorite part of Portugal. Everything is so colorful and unique.|
|Pastel de nata, best dessert ever!!|
|The street performers were much more creative in Portugal. I had to give this pup a tip!! I saw about 4 different acts that involved dogs in some way!|