We've checked off Portugal!

Trip Start Aug 17, 2009
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Gold Coast Hostel

Flag of Portugal  , Algarve,
Saturday, September 5, 2009

Ola!

So now we find ourselves in Spain, our fourth country on the list. Let's backtrack to our adventures in Lisboa and Lagos.

After being pleasantly surprised with our amazing hostel, Lisbon Lounge, we headed out for our first meal in Portugal. All of us were like what the hell, it is freezing. Little did we know that it is now fall - we're still in beach mode. However it was still smoking during the day, highs around 28 degrees. Some of us had a traditional Portuguese cod dish, which was out of this world. It was our first dinner as the 6 of us, which was definitely nice.

We were a little astonished by the amount of attention we got just walking down the street. Greece, Italy no problems but for some reason a group of 5 white girls plus 1 asian girl makes an impression on the men. Not mentioning any names, but one of us was treated to a nice slap on the ass. Please see upcoming photos for reinactment. Yes, we were horrified as they continued to follow us and photograph us on our way to the hostel. We kind of felt like celebrities...this was further intensfied by us being mistaken for a 6 girl pop group by one of the german men in our hostel. Sometimes we even sell out in Nunavut.

The next day we did the free walking tour, which was more like exploring the city with a Portuguese friend. Wandering the streets, we walked up to the castle for some scenic views and excellent photo ops. The nice thing about this tour is there was more drinking than sight seeing. Next stop was the most amazing rooftop terrance/bar. Front row seats to the best view of Lisbon. With 2 pitchers of sangria, we found ourselves a little tipsy but it was definitely a moment for all of us. A very special moment.

Next was a stop at a traditional restaurant for cod fish dishes. This was followed by a free wine tasting at a local winery.

We thought that this was enough for a fabuluous day but it was made even better by a delicious, incredible homemade meal at the hostel. Coucous, chicken, salad, soup, ice cream and more wine. It was the best meal we have had this trip.

After dinner we went to a Fado bar - traditional Portuguese music-which for us was so interesting. The singers were just as gorgeous as their voices and we were taken away by it all.

The next day we did the trek to Belem for the famous egg tarts at Pasteis de Belem - the mecca of all pastries. During our journey, we unfortunately saw a darker side of Lisbon as Emily was the almost victim of a pick pocketer. As we boarded the tram, a woman who looked like a tourist placed her coat over Emily's purse and rummaged through her bag. Luckily Emily felt her attempt and shouted at her to back off. Nothing was taken, so it was all good.

All of us and our purses made it to the pastry shop, where we indulged in the best pastries in the world. Our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

We headed back to the hostel and caught a bus to Lagos. It is a mini Australian beach town inside Europe. The next two days we laid on the most beautiful beaches surrounded by high reaching yellow cliffs. To get to some of the beaches you had to walk through caves along the shoreline.

The first night we once again tested our culinary skills by making a grilled vegetable, lemon pasta. Eating on the hostel rooftop terrace made it that much better. Dessert included wine, beer and a night out on the town.

The second day we were there we wanted to do a kayak safari and tour the coast, grottos and exlusive beaches. Unfortunately for us, but it is a good thing, the safari was cancelled due to the massive swells. As we went to the beach later, we saw what they meant. Huge waves crashing in. For the adventurous ones we headed straight in to play. But all of us, especially little Lisa were beaten up and tossed on shore, sometimes without our tops.

That night we had the best prawns in the world. They could even rival the galaxy. This was followed by amazing filet mignons and the enjoyment of great company.

Now after a long bus ride we're here in Sevilla! Glad to see another beautiful and clean hostel with an even more gorgeous rooftop terrace where we just finished a delicious, homemade seafood paella dish with fresh sangria.

Showering and off to bed for the night. Tomorrow's adventures may include a walking tour, tapas tasting and flamenco dancing.

Hope everything at home is amazing.

Lots of love,

Andrea "Johannah"
Mieke "Mikasa"
Lisa "Lolita"
Emily "Eve"
Hailey "Helena"
Jasmine "Yasmina"

Yes we have discovered our alter egos here in Europe.
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