Does time move faster in Spain? I think it does!!
March 8-10 we had the opportunity to travel to Lisbon, Portugal for the weekend! Friday we woke up bright and early to catch the bus at 6:30am. It took us about six hours with stops to make it to the capital, and between cat naps we had a chance to really soak in the beauty of Southern Spain and Portugal. We arrived at the hotel around noon and had a chance to “siesta” a little before taking a bus tour of the city. It was neat to see where the river meets the Atlantic Ocean and to see the bridge that looks just like the Golden Gate in California (it was designed by the same person.) Lisbon is very well-known for their pastries, and we tried the famous “Pasteis de Belem” after touring the beautiful church of the city. We continued to travel to the different sites of the city and tried to make the most of it despite the rainy, windy weather. After the tour, we ate dinner in the city and explored some more before calling it a night. We were pretty tired from all of the travel during the day!
Saturday (by far my favorite day), we departed the hotel in the morning and traveled to two different cities that are each within an hour of the capital. We started in Sintra, a small city in the mountains known for their microclimate (it is nice and cool there during the summer) and pastries. We had about three hours in the city, and some friends and I decided to hike to the top of a mountain to an old Moorish Castle. The hike takes about an hour, and the views from the pathway were absolutely stunning! After our hike, we went back down to the center of the city and tried some of the famous pastries, as well as cherry liquor that is served in a small chocolate cup. They were both delicious! We headed back for the bus and drove to our next town, Cascais, which is a beach town! We ate lunch at a local restaurant, enjoying some seafood and then taking time to explore, shop and take pictures. It was a beautiful city! That evening we returned to Lisbon, and my good friend Hannah and I did some research to find a delicious dinner location. We explore the Castle of St. Jorge and then enjoyed dinner and some cider and wine afterwards. Sunday morning we woke up a little earlier than necessary before we left so that we could take one last walk in a park of the city. I wish I could describe to you the beauty of Lisbon!
We had a five-day week of classes after our trip in order to make up some days missed during the upcoming Feria holiday. One of the highlights of the week was a “gift” from my favorite professor, Pepe. Pepe teaches my history class, and over the course of the semester has become sort of a father figure to me, especially since it is just Courtney, Charo and I at home. He always has the best travel advice and is by far one of the most knowledgeable people I have ever met! After talking about music together on Monday, he brought me a flash drive full of his favorite Spanish music (he too is passionate about music!). It had a little bit of every thing, including some classical pieces by Spanish composers. It was quite the surprise and definitely made my week!
I hope everyone is doing well!! Thanks for taking the time to read 🙂