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Portugal

Lisbon & more

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Another trip! Yes, I got to go on yet another adventure while living in Spain. My goal is to not look back and regret not going somewhere when I had the chance. I decided last minute to sign up for Portugal, organized by the University where I'm taking Spanish classes. The University organizes 2 excursions a month, usually just day trips to small cities near Salamanca. The Portugal trip was a 2 night excursion because it was about a 6 hour drive to Lisbon. Myself and 27 other students went. We drove to Lisboa (Spanish for Lisbon) and walked around to various sights in the city with our guide, Fernando. He is a professor in our language program.
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On the left, Fernando. On the right, historic sites near the bay.

We walked down to the "river", which is the bay that Lisbon sits on off the Atlantic Ocean. After that, we walked up to a cathedral and then to a huge castle that overlooks the entire city. It was beautiful and had incredible views.
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That's me smiling because I can't believe how lucky I am to be visiting all these amazing places! :-))

Myself and a few other people had dinner at a restaurant off the main plaza. I ordered bacalao which I also had for lunch that day. It was yummy! I had never heard of it before coming to Portugal. I have heard of cod which is what bacalao is, but it is served in so many different ways here. Both times I had it, it was shredded up cod with shredded potatoes, onions, shredded carrots and black olives. The bacalao I had for lunch was cooked in a cream sauce. The one for dinner was not. Both were super delicious. I wish they had bacalao in Spain!
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Dinner bacalao (mmmm!)

The next day, we visited a cathedral in Lisbon which I was kind of bored with, so I left the tour group for a few minutes and meandered down the street. I turned the corner and this is what I saw. Angels sang out in a joyous chorus in my brain as I caught sight of the sign. I have been missing some things from the US lately, one of which is American coffee chains!
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Notice the beautiful cathedral in the background that I blew off for Starbucks? I'm terrible! It was music to my mouth though and it made me feel home if just for a few minutes. :-)
After the cathedral, we walked down to a monument and a castle along the water where the "river" meets the Atlantic. The castle is where they had lookouts for intruders and pirates.
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Later,we drove about an hour out of Lisbon to a beach town called Cascais. It was a cute little tourist town with shops, restaurants and a beach. Unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate too much and it rained part of the time. I was o.k. with that because I'm not one to lay out on a beach. A couple other students and I had a yummy lunch at a Thai restaurant there. It was SO good! Salamanca doesn't have any Thai restaurants so I was really excited to see one here and also happy a couple other people were up for it too.
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Cascais
Another successful trip. I think I'm done with excursions outside of Spain. I only have 3 more weekends left and I may explore a couple small towns near Salamanca. My next blog will be about Spain for sure!

Posted by Kristinh 07:19

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Wow...looks amazing. By the sounds of it, you were much more impressed with Portugal than with Spain. :)

by jewelspit

Wow honey! Looks like a great trip. I'm glad you went. Sounds like you are coming home sooner than you originally planned. Are you homesick? So when will you get back? Dad and I will be up in WI July 13th and will stay until he gets back from Canada. Am trying to plan a party at Tracy's for Aug. 5th (Mark, Sue, Matt, Steve, Peter, Sarah, and Natalie). The Barbers will be in WI at that time. Hope it works for you. I miss you and luv you lots. Mom

by haagejl

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