Potugal - 1

Jul. 8th, 2014 10:18 pm
unallersimple: (hectopus)
It was the day before my flight to Portugal. I was so excited. Finally a new country after all this time. Everything was packed and ready. I just had one last thing to do before bed; check the weather to see whether I needed to take my coat or not.



Coat.
Definitely coat.
And umbrella.
And poncho.
And spare plastic bags to line my backpack and help keep everything dry.
The weather report made for a depressing sight. It was going to piss it down every single day. All day. All I wanted to do was cancel my holiday.

Still I was determined to make the most of the situation so I packed some extra items to help keep me dry and taped up my languishing boots Keanu style.

You can see from the photo below that the landing in Faro very much set the tone. Grey. Water, water everywhere. It rained and blew a storm all afternoon; turning my umbrella inside out repeatedly and soaking all my clothes. I was very relieved when it was finally time to catch my coach to Lisbon a few hours later.

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That evening I found my lovely, lovely youth hostel (ironically called Sunshine Paradise) without any problems. It’s one of the nicest yet oddest places I’ve ever stayed in as it’s located on the upper floors of one of Portugal's busiest train stations and has swimming pool on the roof! Getting to my room involved walking across a balcony that overlooked the main entrance to the station. I found great amusement in making the journey to and from the kitchen in my pyjamas and observing all the Lisboans rushing to the platforms whenever I went to get a late evening cup of tea.

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A few things I loved about the hostel:

1 - A beautiful map of the world chipped out of the plaster in the wall in the dining room.

2 – The table in the dining room which didn’t have any legs and was suspended from wire cables attached to the ceiling. Completely impractical for eating off but very funny trying to eat from a constantly wobbling surface!

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unallersimple: (hectopus)
Well, after reaching the airport I felt a lot better and started getting all excited again, I get such a traveling buzz when the plane takes off. :) Had a very amusing trauma trying to get from the airport to the city centre and finding my hostel. Got off the bus at the completely wrong end of town, so far away from my intended destination that I was off the map!! Didn't mind so much as the city held a very magical disney feeling from the dark being broken by all the Christmas lights. Managed to trek to the hostel in about 45 mins, then went on to meet every American student ever who had decided to spend the past semester in Europe and are now traveling before heading back to the states. I'm sharing a room with 9 Americans and havn't met any other nationalities yet! I thought for some reason the hostels would be quiet at this time of year!

Not done much this morning, wondered round the city and done a bit of shopping. Having trouble finding things to do, all the sites are either closed today or I can look round beer factories...

Having a great time just being here, and not doing very much except meeting people and wondering around. :)


love and hugs to all,

xXx
unallersimple: (hectopus)

Hey hey,

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? - Nope, 'cos I've been distracted by booking my accommodation!
I've found a great hostel with a central location, bed linen, 24 hour check in, internet access and breakfast all included in the price, which is only £7 a night!! Seven pound a night I tell thee!! That's cheaper than the one I stayed in in Latvia. The only way to describe this excitement is to say it's like finding something you've always wanted in a 50% off sale - talk about a bargain!

Anyway, as I'm sure not many people get so excited about a youth hostel I'll refrain from talking about it any more and spraying exclamation marks throughout the whole of this entry.
I do like to share my random bursts of travel happiness with you all though.
Be merry!

ahem
xXx

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