Month: March 2013

Ask and you shall recieve: Lisboa

Got a new blonde hair du pre trip

Got a new blonde hair du pre trip

I’ve been much better at saving my money this year, and decided I could no longer pull off my attempt at having “ombre” hair A.K.A dark roots. I treated myself to a little hair style before leaving on a weekend trip to Lisbon so I could honor my Irish ancestors looking good in Portugal….

I also splurged on an Alsa Supra bus ticket because it was the only one that would get me to the airport at the perfect time before my flight. Let me tell you those 10 extra euros or so could not have been better spent. I watched a movie, got coffee, snacks, a huge comfy seat, and normal people around me?! IS THIS A BUS? I almost didn’t want to get off and go on my trip. Kidding. Totally kidding. But it was nice.

Obviously the true joy of saving my money was to go to Lisboa, which is so much more than a hair cut or a bus ride.

Some things cost more because they are MUCH better.

My personal entertainment screen. Some things cost more because they are better.

I met my friends at our hostel, which was also super nice (Am I a Real Housewife of Logrono or something?). I dropped my stuff and we headed out to see the sights while the day was nice. The weather was set for rain and luckily with many promises to the sky Gods we were in the clear for the whole weekend.

A vida Portuguesa

A vida Portuguesa

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

cool shop, "typical items" cute

cool shop, “typical items” cute

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stroll at dusk

stroll at dusk

fishin

fishin

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Rock a ritas at Hard Rock Lisboa

Rock a ritas at Hard Rock Lisboa

Lisbon is excellent at the narrow cobblestone street look.

Lisbon is excellent at the narrow cobblestone street look.

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azulejos

azulejos

open your eyes!

open your eyes!

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On the way to the castle I walked into a sponge.

On the way to the castle I walked into a sponge.

View from the Castle.

View from the Castle.

The castle in Lisbon is completely worth the glute workout that we did to get there. The view is spectacular and as students we got a major discount. The castle itself isn’t incredible in my opinion. It’s just a big lump of stones put together nicely, as are many buildings. But if you stop and think about it’s history and take in all of the surroundings it’s cool.

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Portugal

Portugal

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As time was precious we hopped in a taxi to get over to the Belem neighborhood. I think even if we had a lot of time we would have taken a taxi because it’s pretty far off and we’d really climbed around cobblestones enough. We had to try the famed pastry of the area “Belem” as many people had advised us that it was a must have.

Belem

Belem

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Such intricacy

Such intricacy

Bacalao a Braz

Bacalao a Braz

You'll wonder how you ever lived without these tasty morsels. Belems.

You’ll wonder how you ever lived without these tasty morsels. Belems.

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A famous and excellent place to get the Belem of a lifetime.

A famous and excellent place to get the Belem of a lifetime.

After a great seafood meal topped off by the most delicious pastry I have tried in my life….we had to squeeze in a little bit of being Irish. Who knew in Lisbon we’d find an Irish pub AND sit next to an Irish person (shout out to John).

St. Patrick's day!

St. Patrick’s day!

We actually sat next to an Irish man named John.

We saw a bartender wearing one and we had to ask if we could have some as well. Worth it! 

The sky Gods really listened!

The sky Gods really listened!

a typical cherry licor. Not a fan, but glad I tried.

a typical cherry licor. Not a fan, but glad I tried.

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We already saw one bus smashing.....

We already saw one bus smashing…..

Wish I had snapped more graffiti pics.

Wish I had snapped more graffiti pics.

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"I need some typical goods"

“I need some typical goods”

We would find a wine bar

We would find a wine bar

ceiling wine

ceiling wine

I just like that mans face in the glass

I just like that mans face in the glass

Wherever I go, the wine flows

Wherever I go, the wine flows

Arroz de mariscos. Salty but delightful.

Arroz de mariscos. Salty but delightful.

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We got a nice dinner recommendation from our hostel, and our final activity to cross off the list, something we refused to leave Lisbon without doing: listen to Fado. Our guidebook and the hostel told us about one place but it never seemed to be open, so we went with another place listed in the book and fell in love. We somehow got ourselves a front row table, ordered a bottle of wine and swooned with the passion and soul that is Fado. We ended up buying CD’s of two of the five singers, and now have their autographs. Cheesy!

SHHHH

SHHHH

#1 fans of Fado

#1 fans of Fado

passion, passion, passion.

passion, passion, passion.

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The trip could not have gone better. Our unplanned wandering lead us to some great sights, cute shops beautiful scenery, and cool bars and restaurants. We loved Lisboa, and it loved us.

 

 

Of course I got extra Belems to eat at the airport before our flight.

Of course I got extra Belems to eat at the airport before our flight.

Duh!

Duh!

Sometimes you buy Supra because regular bus seats (namely mine) start to fly off.

Sometimes you buy Supra because regular bus seats (namely mine) start to fly off.

My seat vs. the others. My seat is in the aisle.

My seat vs. the others. My seat is in the aisle. 

So although I had to hang on for dear life for half of the bus ride back to Logrono, and face the task of teaching English immediately, my mood remained joyous. Obrigada Lisboa!

Beijos, besos

It’s Jueves Santo, and I’ll be leaving for Budapest, Prague, and Viena. Thankful for this life.

 

Tondeluna: Foodgasm

False advertising, this is a place on Laurel! The Torre (tower of yummy)

False advertising, this is a place on Laurel! The Torre (tower of yummy)

Feliz final! a dessert pintxo

Feliz final! a dessert pintxo

People ask me all the time if I like Spanish food or American food more. First of all, I’m not sure what they mean when they ask me about American food- I’m assuming they mean hot dogs, hamburgers, and scrambled eggs. When I think of what I eat at home it’s more like Mexican food, Italian food, Chinese food, salmon, salad, yogurt, peanut butter, fruit, umm… normal things right? Does that make it American food? Sure than I like “American” food.

But I like the food here too because it’s food, and it’s good.

There are a number of restaurants around Logrono that I never got around to trying last year so I’m trying to make it to all of them.

One of them is Tondeluna, off the Espolon Plaza. It’s modern looking and cool. You sit at long tables with people you don’t know and you feel special for no reason.

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I went with Drea to “celebrate” the end of our Chicago movie that still isn’t quite right but we needed a reason to have a fancy lunch.

I remember having two options for eating. You can do the tasting menu which is sampling  items from each of the 7 courses offered for 25 euros. No difference in price for week or weekend.  This is nice if you go with one other person and want to share a few things.

Or, you can also just order off the menu as you wish….

We did the sharing tasting option. Here was our experience.

Butter?!

Butter?!

jamon croquetas- super rico

jamon croquetas- super rico

I was determined to discover that an ensalada rusa could be great. It's fine.

I was determined to discover that an ensalada rusa could be great. It’s fine…never will be great.

wine

wine

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ensalada con tartar de tomate- salad with shrimp, garlic, yummm

ensalada con tartar de tomate- salad with shrimp, garlic, yummm

my date

my date

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some rissoto

some rissoto

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pastel de chocolate- with olive oil. Olive oil and chocolate together is my life.

pastel de chocolate- with olive oil. Olive oil and chocolate together is my life.

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The tasting menu was perfect and after eating all of that food we didn’t feel like we were going to explode. We didn’t feel super poor either. Every bite was totally worth it.

If you plan on going call and make a reservation especially if you go on the weekend because It’s pretty popular. At least that was the advice I got when I called.

Buen provecho, bon appetit, on egin, enjoy!

un beso