20.10.2011 - 23.10.2011
Portugal was gorgeous. This trip was more relaxing because for once I didn’t stress about planning where to visit, what to eat, etc. The group European Vibe took one bus full of students. But, it was by far the most uncomfortable bus I’ve ever been on. My tall German friend, Florian, had to lay on the floor under the seats basically the entire time because he couldn’t fit in the seat! This trip was especially a lot of fun because I knew a lot of the people on it.
We first arrived in Lagos on Friday morning. The hotel was extremely nice, and HUGE! It was pretty awesome. But, of course we didn’t spend much time there. We immediately left to head into the town and grab some breakfast. I was excited to order a milkshake (just because they offered them) but when it came out it was basically just chocolate milk…not frozen at all. Wtf? Talk about disappointment! Lagos was a cute town. The majority of the buildings/houses were white and gave you that tropical vibe.
After breakfast, the group leaders that we were with set us up to go on a “booze cruise”! It was amazing. Sure, it was basically just a drinking fest but it was very beautiful as well. They sailed us along the coast of Portugal where we had some great views of cliffs and caves. It was incredible. And, since I had a huge group of friends that went on this trip, it made it that much merrier. Then, after about an hour of shoving sangria and beer down our throats, they suggested we jump off the side of the boat into the ocean…no lifejackets, no ropes. Throwing a bunch of drunk college students into the ocean…dangerous much!? Ha but of course we were all for it! And, indeed I consider myself an excellent swimmer so I went for it! Some of the other people though….it probably wasn’t the best idea! Still, all made it out alive.
After the booze cruise a few friends and I went down to the beach to play in the ocean and catch some rays. Sarah, Camille and I decided to climb a huge rock in the middle of the water. Well, it was more like a conglomerate of just sharp seashells and sand. We made it to the top but were left with scrapes and bruises all along our arms and legs.
That night, we went to a bar for a bit to socialize but Sarah and I went back to the hotel early to rest up for the next day’s activities.
When I woke up the next morning, the bottom of my right foot was on FIRE. I could put absolutely no pressure on it. It felt like a round rock was implanted into my skin. Conclusion: I must have cut the bottom of my foot from “rock” climbing the day before, didn’t realize, sand got wedged into it…infection. It only looked like a scratch but after future Dr. Camille took a look at it and pointed out the deep red and yellow that was surrounding it, she decided it was a problem. So, I endured the whole rest of the day limping around trying not to put any pressure on the bottom…which was very hard considering the terrain we walked on that day was compacted with hills and uneven cobblestone. Not fun.
But, the rest of the journey and sights did compensate for my excruciating pain. After breakfast we got back on the bus and made our way to Lisbon. They dumped us off at the city center and we toured around multiple landmarks including a few castles, monuments, overlooks, etc. It was a beautiful city but a few of us agreed that it would have been so much nicer if they had kept the city cleaner and had maintained it better. But, I suppose that was part of it’s charm as well. For dinner my group of friends and I went to a restaurant all together. The waiters loved us! At the end, they even gave us all free shots. It was great!
That night we went into the town and ended up in the middle of some very narrow roads bar hopping. The streets were PACKED with people. Looking back I was in a pretty crummy mood because of my foot. But, it would have been a blast if I would have been more mobile!
Portugal is a trip I will never forget. Every time I hear the some Danza Kuduro, it will forever remind me of Portugal! ☺/☹