Bem-Vindo a Portugal!

Trip Start Aug 24, 2010
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Trip End Dec 21, 2010


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Low Cost Inn Hotel

Flag of Portugal  , Algarve,
Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's Thursday again and that means time for a new blog post!  There'es lots to catch you up on, so I'll hit the highlights and not really recap the days. 


I have now been out of the US for over a month, and next week will be the one month mark for living in Spain... I can't believe it.  Time is already flying by and traveling combined with homework is making it pass by even faster.  I keep making plans to go places and then I look in my planner and wonder where all of the weekends are going and when can I possibly go since all of my weekends are already booked!  The temperature in Seville is beginning to cool down.  The nights are perfect edging on chilly and the days are a nice 85 instead of the sweltering 100. 

Over the past week and a half I've had a lot of good news.  Here it is in the order that I found it out-  Number one:  Congratulations to the Burgett family!  Jessica and Dawn have a new niece, Madelyn Marie.  Number two:  Caroline Burch and Sarah Harlan are coming in November over Thanksgiving break!  They will be going to Barcelona first, but are coming to Seville in the middle of the week and will spend several days with me!  Number three:  Lacy will most certaintly be joining them!  (not sure if she has offically bought the plane ticket yet, but it's 99% definite) Number four:  My dad is coming the same week!  He will be visiting me the weekend before Thanksgiving while the others are in Barcelona as an add on to his businesss trip to Germany.  I'm really excited to see everyone, and it will be one busy week!  Number five: I have bought my plane ticket to Italy!!!  I'm going from October 8 to the 12th.  It was just going to be me and Sidra, but last minute Marcela and Jayme decided to come :D.  It's going to be so much fun!  We will be flying into Milan and then we will take a bus/train to Rome for the weekend.  I can't wait!! If you have any advice/suggestions about Rome/Italy/busses/hostels/food/places to visit/etc let me know!!

Ok so what I have done for the past week and half:  school ovbiously, and homework accompanies that, including studying for my first quiz and writing a 1000 word essay (in english fortunately).  Outside of school I've done random things.  On Wednesday night I went out with some friends to discotecas.  They don't open until 2 am but along the way we met some Spaniards (which is surprisingly difficult seeing as we've met Germans, Italians, and Netherlanders? so far, but no Spaniards).  We hung out with them for a bit, but they sketched out before we even made it to the discoteca.  We went to a brand new discoteca called Holiday.  It was fun, but it is really hard to dance to techno-american mash ups haha.  I got back home at 4 am! (I know right... since when does Alice stay awake let alone stay out until 4 am in the morning?!).  Earlier on Wednesday we (Sidra, Marcela, Jayme, Margot, Lilly, and I) bought bus tickets to Portugal!  We left for Portugal on Friday morning.  Three of us went on the morning bus and the other three came in the afternoon.  We went to Faro, Portugal.  We couldn't check into the hotel until 3, so we walked around and explored the town.  We went to a market that included a fish section (we got some interesting photos from there), then visited the cathedral that had a Bone Chapel (explanation in the pics), then went to Faro Museum.  We were supposed to have a 6 person room at the hotel (called Low Cost Inn by the way haha), but the manager was nice and gave us two 3 person rooms that had a private bath each (the 6 person didn't have a bathroom).  The hotel was more like a hostel, but it wasn't that bad especially since it was cheap.  In the evening we went to a resaurant recommended to us called Adega Nova.  It was delicious!  The seafood in Portugal is awesome since we were right on the coast where it is fresh.  I split some monkfish and grilled squid with the others.  Yum-o.  The next day (Saturday) we went to Ilha Deserto (Desert Island).  It is a private Island that is the southern most point of Portugal.  We got a ferry over there and spent the day on the beach.  We talked with some Portugese lifeguards, walked around the island, and took shelter from the wind haha.  We stayed until the evening and saw the gorgeous sunset over the Atlantic ocean.  For dinner Sidra and I went to a restaurant the Portugese lifeguards had recommended.  We tired Dorado fish (golden fish), which was really good.  That evening we were going to go out, but I think I got pink eye and was a bit photosensitive, so I took a nap that lasted the whole night... turns out everyone ended up falling asleep without realizing it haha.  On Sunday we returned home to Sevilla.  Before leaving we saw a Deaf/Mute Recognition ralley which was interesting.  A note on Portugal/Portugese culture:  Portugese people know more English than Spanish which I was surprised about, and Portuguese sounds like a mix between Spanish and German aka near impossible to understand.  This is the first time I've gone to a foreign country and really felt like a foreigner since I couldn't understand the language at all. 

This week in my Cine class (Spanish Cinema) we watched our first spanish movie, made in 1973- El espiritu de la colmena (the spirit of the beehive).  It was a really slow/slightly boring movie, but I'm looking forward to seeing more spanish movies.  Yesterday (Wednesday) Spain had a general strike.  This is the first time its happened in eight years, so it was supposed to be big.  It turns out there wasn't as much support as they were expecting, but the public transportation was running slower, but wasn't nonexistant.  A lot of people skipped classes so some of my classes  were really small.  I went to take a look at the strike in the morning but it hadn't really gotten going quite yet.  Not really sure what the strike was about, but it had something to do with workers saftery/rights and some bills passed by the government or something.  Apparently there were stikes all across Europe as well.  Not as exciting as I was expecting it to be though.

Well that's about it.  I'm planning on going to Cordoba tomorrow, so there will be more stories to look forward to next week.  Thanks for reading  and please comment especially with any info about Italy! 

paz y amor,
alice
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carolineparish on

Love your pics especially the sunset, tell us more about the history of the places you are visiting

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