I had an amazing weekend in Portugal. I went with a company called Discovery Excursions with about 300 other study abroad students. At first I was a little worried that it would be a super touristy trip but it was so much better than I expected. We went to a town called Lagos which is on the south shore. It was a beautiful area with great beaches and a lot to do. I shared a hotel room with three of my closest friends from Granada. This is the view from our balcony!
The first day we went to a really beautiful beach to swim and soak up some sun.
After that we went to what was originally thought to be the end of the world to watch the sunset. It was breathtaking!
The next day we relaxed by the pool for a while and then went on a really fun boat ride. For part of the time we were in little boats going through caves and the other part of the time we were sailing around on bigger boats where we drank sangria and jumped into the water.
When we got back from the boat ride we went and spent the afternoon on a different beach. This one had big waves so we spent a lot of time playing in the water.
That night all the UNH students cooked and had a big group dinner in the hotel.
The next day I went with my friend Jen to the west coast for a surf lesson. It was so much fun. It was a little frustrating because we fell down a lot and there were lots of people to avoid in the water but we were starting to get the hang of it by the end. We left feeling pretty accomplished but mostly just exhausted!
Then we went back to the hotel to change and it was time for our 8 hour journey back to Granada.
“Experience is the mother of wisdom.” The title of this post is a Portuguese proverb that is a perfect reflection of how I feel about my time in Europe. Apart from the obvious things like Spanish grammar, literature, and culture, I have learned so many more important lessons from the things I have done over the past four months. Probably the most important thing I will bring away from my travels is the knowledge that there are an endless number of beautiful things to experience in the world, not only in far away places but close to home as well. Being here has made me realize that I never want to stop having new experiences, seeing new places, meeting new people, or learning things I didn’t know before. The world is unimaginably huge and we spend way to much time in our comfort zone instead of exploring what else there is! I really hope you will all do something out of the ordinary and then tell me about it… 1. because I miss you all and would love to hear from you and 2. because I want you all to be as tremendously happy as I am!!!
I’ll be waiting to hear from you!