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