Published: July 2nd 2012July 2nd 2012
Sorry that I have been slacking, it has been quite the week.
Last week was pretty uneventful given that we had finals and what not, but we made time to go out Thursday after all our tests to spend one last night with the kids who were only here for one month. I love the nightlife here, it's crazy, yes, but its also so so so..... energizing? I don't really know how to describe it.
We left for Portugal friday, and I had the best weekend I have had so far. Portugal is definitely on the top of my list, after Granada of course. We stayed in Lagos, literally right on the bach and it was gorgeous. There are all these rocks that form Grottos and the waves break on them and turn colors. So pretty. Saturday morning we woke up and went on a sangria cruise with 60 + people and spent the morning sailing around the coast drinking Sangria. At one point we stopped the boat and 10 people at a time got into a dinghy and went to go through the grottos to see them up close. I have never gotten
so wet from a boat ride in my life. We stopped and climbed one of the rocks and jumped into the ocean. Keep in mind Portugal is on the Atlantic coast... it was like jumping into ice water. After the sangria cruise we went back to the beach and played soccer, volleyball and some other game with a football that I have no idea how to describe. I tried skim boarding...... finally had gotten the hang of it when one of the guides said that we should get on the board at the same time. Bad. Bad. Bad. Idea. We ate it so hard into the sand that have a beautiful little sand burn on my hip, and let me tell you, it feels really great under clothing. Oh, and don't worry, my roommate got the second attempt at paired skim boarding on video, and I will eventually be posting that on facebook, so if you would like to see me make a gigantic fool of myself, check that out.
Saturday night, we went to "the end of the world," which is why they used to think the world was flat, and after watching the sunset there I totally
understand why. First of all, the coast of portugal is literallly cliffs that are a sheer drop of about 200 feet into the ocean. Second, when the sun sets, it looks as though it is being swallowed by the ocean, so you can still see the middle of the sun where it is setting as though the sun is being sucked into this hole in the ocean. So so so pretty. The cliffs were a little windy, and a little chilly, but nonetheless beautiful. We went out to dinner with the group after and then to a bar called Joe's garage that one of the tour guides brothers works at. Portuguese night life is nothing like spanish life so it was refreshing to not have to stay out until some ungodly hour to have fun.
Sunday we went to the west coast so that some people could surf, and once I saw the waves, I decided that no thank you I will not be trying that. I have seen plenty of waves in my life, but never so many big ones all on top of eachother. Definitely not beginner material.
We got back from portugal last night around....
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skim boarding,... this picture does my skills much more justice than I deserve
2 am, so keep in mind at this point the soccer game had been over for probably 2 or 3 hours. Does that matter? absolutely not. We pulled into the bus stop and by all the crowds in the street you would have thought the game had just ended. People were jumping off of the bridge into the river, shooting fireworks off in the square, and plenty of other nonsense things such as that. It took us a solid hour to walk home because there were absolutely no cabs to take, and the streets were not exactly speed walking friendly haha. I honestly worry about how intense Spaniards are about soccer... it cannot be good for their blood pressure. For those of you who know my dad... it's much worse than his reaction to when the buffs play horribly if Spain loses. Just multiply dad's reaction to CU losing by..... 50 and you've got the lower intensity end of the spectrum haha.
Tis all for now, I am going to go finish my book by the pool, as if I need to be any more tan after this weekend :)
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