Europe Day 30: Lisbon – Home

Last travelling day! Quite uneventful. After trying again and again to ask about the nonexistent shuttle advertised by the hotel, which no one seems to know about, we gave up and decided to take the taxi to the airport. At the airport, we had to pass by many, many gates before reaching our boarding gate. On the plane we watched 2 great movies – King’s speech and Unknown. I didn’t think I would enjoy King Speech so much, until I gave it a chance. Soon after, we were back in Canada! 

Trip Summary: (following the same format as my previous travel blog)

Culture: This is one of my favourite parts of the trip as it was very interesting to learn about and experience the different cultures. This cannot be easily described unless you are actually there. Throughout the trip, we constantly compared the different cultures between the countries we visited and kept asking ourselves which one we fit in most with.

Weather: HOT. It’s not humid though, so it was nice. We had some break from the heat in air-conditioned public transportations and in some locations (Paris, Deauville, Porto, Salema etc.)

Language: We definitely had the greatest difficulty in Spain, where most people did not speak English. With some practice though, we were able to communicate with the locals without needing to speak the same language.

My Top Food Picks (in no particular order):
1. Fried fish in Seville
2. Fried sardines in the market in Porto
3. Calamari in Spain
4. Fideua in Seville 
5. Grilled prawns in Madrid 
6. Sangria first night in Barcelona 

Most amazing sights:
1. Sagrada Famillia
2. Douro Valley
3. Eiffel Tower 

Firsts:
1. First time in Europe 
2. First time having to speak Italian, Spanish and Portugese. 
3. First time eating dinner past 11pm.

Europe Day 29: Salema – Lisbon

Second last traveling day. Time flies! We took our time this morning packing and eating breakfast. The owner of the hotel was kind enough to drive us to the bus stop to embark our long journey back to Lisbon.  Since I mentally prepared myself this morning for am extremely warm train ride to Tunes this morning,  I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn’t that bad. After beating both Cut the Rope lite and Cut the Rope: Holiday Gift, we are back in Lisbon. We settled into our first and only 4-star hotel on this trip then headed out to do some last minute souvenir shopping and went back to the lane we saw the other evening with lots of restaurants for dinner. I had chosen the scallops dish but somehow it turned out that I had order a beef/steak dish? Interesting. We then packed for our very last time for this trip and all crowded onto our king bed and watched some House.