Cribs Edition: Faro, Portugal

When traveling, you are not always going to stay in five star resorts especially if you do not have five star money like this girl here. However, staying in random hotels, hostels, and whole in the walls is not always a bad thing…well maybe. You are bound to get some crazy use out of it, if not a cribs edition video which is what we did in our hotel room in Faro, Portugal. It may not seem much, but hey I didn’t see any bed bugs. Although there was a foundation that clearly did not birds anywhere on it to destroy its beauty

Faro Foundation

Faro Foundation

In the words of the kool aid man…oh yea! Anyways onto our crib in Faro presented by Lacey and Matty

Oh Porto Portugal

The measure of a amazing place is if still like something even if it is not picture perfect. If you know this Arizona girl, I like my food, men, and weather hot. So it is a bit shocking to me when I am loving Portugal and it has been rainy, windy, and cold. This country is still winning my heart. The culture, food, and atmosphere is to die for. I am loving this tiny country, even I can not understand anyone lol

The last two days we have been in Porto, Portugal. Up in Northern Portugal, Porto is this cute little town of hills and water. We spent our first day simply exploring the area, and learn that in Portugal you can be on strike for a day, and schedule it days in advance. Main reason we can not leave Porto until Saturday. I think it like a vacation in my opinion. On the brighter side, our hostel is amazing here. They cooked dinner for us last night. Still not sure what I ate, but it had some form of hotdog in it.

Today we went to the little Venice of Portugal,  Aveiro. A small little beach town worth the day visit. It is nice, but to honest, go to Venice. It was still nice. We went on a boat ride, toured the town area, and went to a little island near by with stripe painted houses that look like this:

Homes in Aveiro

Homes in Aveiro

Lacey and I were also asked if we could take pictures with some randos. We are now in some tourist album somewhere on Facebook.After passing out on the bus back to porto we explored some of Porto. The city of six bridges:

One of the six bridges

One of the six bridges

was explored mostly by boat today. Although Porto is small, it has amazing cliff views of homes,monuments and of course its Porto winerys and cellars. We par took in one of the cellars, and took a tour of it. Pretty small because it was only the cellar, but still pretty cool to experience and taste free samples. We then walked across the bridge back to the main area of Porto and ate some Portuguese Pasta. Word to those traveling in Portugal. They will give you food to snack on before your meal…it is not free. Also, dinner will not be served before 7pm, but snacks are available. Do not ask me why.

We have another day in Porto, then it is off to Lagos. Until Next time…

On the boat tour

On the boat tour

Well Hello Lisbon!

First two days in Lisbon have come and gone. They both have been rainy and cold days, but at what seem to be the eleventh hour, the sun came out. Too bad it was already 6pm, but all is well. On the brighter side, my map reading skills have improved, but not my Portuguese.

My first two days here were I say eventful. I spent the first day doing a city tour where you can hop on and off. If you do not hop and off, it is about 90 minutes for each tour, so I spent literally my whole day getting a glance of Lisbon, and stopping at some of the sites. The city itself is a mix of history and modern (I saw a Starbucks), therefore it can give the city kind of dirty look. However, I think this maybe due to everything in the states always being refurbished. I guess that was the biggest surprise for me, but I still loved the culture even if does have a Starbucks. There is everything to see from parks, churches, ocean, monuments, and much more. Like I said, I only got a taste, but can not wait to go back to some of the places. Side note: You literally can see it all at once. I saw in a half a mile or so radius the following in this order: Ritz Carlton, Business Center, Residents, Prison…yea

Today was even colder, and rainer. I ate my usual pastry breakfast, which I am glad I do not have in the states. I maybe 800 pounds if that was the case. Anyways, after Breakfast I went to the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian which is one of their biggest museums here. It is filled with art and artifacts ranging from Italian, Persian, Asian and a lot more. I decided to take the audio tour because a lot of the explanations for the art were in shockingly Portuguese! They did have some English, but I like to know what was going on.

After that I went to see the aquarium or what they call it Oceanario de Lisboa. I got to say one of the best I have been to, and you are able to sort of interact with some of the animals. I think it was some penguin or some cold bird was flying over us, you were able to feed the otters, and see the turtles. I got to say it was definitely worth the walk over. I tried to take some pictures of the animals, but they moved so fast, and without the flash, they looked kind of blurry. Apparently sea creatures are not fond of flashes.

My body is still trying to adjust to the time difference. I think by the time I do, I will be going home. Tomorrow I am off to Porto for a few days to do some more exploring. Apparently there are two trains to get there literally called the slow train or fast train…I do not know why you would call it that, but alright.

Until next time….

How to avoid getting a real person job; travel

I am currently writing from my hotel in Lisbon Portugal, or as the locals spell it Lisboa. Please forgive if this all does not make sense. It is the combo of an 8 hour time difference, no sleep, and writing on a computer with a different keyboard. I had to ask one of the hotel clerks how to make an @ symbol (it is alt gr 2. not sure about the apostrophe yet)

Why you ask am I in Lisbon? Because I can. After almost 6 years of college,undergrad and masters, a vacation was needed. So when asked my friend Lacey where she was going to be June 5-16, she said Portugal. And I booked my ticket. So here I am.

My first day was mostly traveling. I left the midwest with big hair. Got to London where the security guy told me 1) I had too many liquids(there is a limit now?) 2)  Almost lost my ticket and passport in the whole liquid debate (he put it to the side and another airline employee almost took it.) 3) In London you wait an hour before your flight for them to announce your gate which is great if half of that time is not spent trying not to miss your flight. But I got to Lisbon in one piece.

I spent the first afternoon just exploring the area around the hotel. A lot was close because it was Sunday, but few were still open. I wondered into an arena slash mall slash restaurant where I ate what appeared to be chicken, rice, potatoes, mussels, and something else, The picture looked good, and that is what I pointed to. It tasted very good and different from anything I have had before. I just hope it does not make me sick lol. Side note: not as bad as I thought eating a meal in a restaurant by yourself without a book or something as a barrier. Good time for people watching.

I then walked around, fell from my flip flops in the cobble streets, and explored a beautiful church, one of the few things open on Sunday. I have never seen this church before, but I have a thing for old churches, temples, and what have you. I probably sat there for a hourish. I tried to understand the services, but I do not speak the language. Side note….I understand I am in a different country, but I think this maybe one of the few times where I have met more people who did not speak English than anywhere else. I found it kind of cool, but hard to figure things out.

Well I am off.  I am going to try to see if I can watch the NBA finals anywhere at 1 am. Tomorrow is my city exploring, more trouble to cause, and more food to eat. Oh speaking of: I had this amazing chocolate cake from the bakery around the corner. May need to steal the recipe.

Until we meet again…