Last Friday around 4 a.m. a group of eight of us woke up in Lisboa, Portugal after an eight hour bus ride from Madrid. After searching for a place that was open other than a nightclub, we found a coffee shop that stays open 24-hours a day. Madison, Audrey, Matt and I spent about 6 hours there sipping on espressos and waiting until our check-in time at our Airbnb which wasn’t until 10 a.m. To kill time, we walked there from the coffee shop which took a solid hour with our hefty backpacks and sore bodies. Beautiful walk through the city though, not gonna lie.
We spent the day at the beautiful Cascais beach and ate some of the best clams I’ve ever had at a restaurant nearby called Aroma, before soaking up the sun all day. We climbed up and around the cliffs and dove into the way too cold water. That night we ate at a burger joint where I enjoyed my first burger in over 3 weeks…it was delightful. The next day we ventured to another beach called Coasta de Caparica which had over 17 bars up and down the coast. There was a group of friends and family playing futbol right in front of us in the sand and I eventually worked up the courage to ask the little boy if I could play with him. He didn’t understand me until I motioned for the ball and we began passing back and forth. He was probably around eight-years-old and his Batman baseball cap kept falling over his eyes but he was determined to keep it on. For the most part though, many more people spoke English in Lisbon than in Madrid which was a nice change of pace.
The following day, since our bus didn’t leave until later that evening, we had the chance to stop by the XL Factory flea market. The jewelry, clothes and knick knacks were one of a kind and we spent hours looking through all of the tables. We stopped at a bar before leaving and the layout was extremely interesting. One room, which was definitely more for the night scene, had paintings of music artists that have passed away such as Amy Winehouse, 2Pac and Bob Marley. The bartender was covered in all kinds of tattoos and piercings and he was delightful.
We arrived back in Madrid around 6:30 a.m. Monday morning which was a bit of a struggle. Tomorrow, Madison and I leave for London where we are staying with some friends from home. I am very much looking forward to this trip and all the one’s to come!! Missing all the homies at Arkansas (sorry bout the loss in Dallas) and missing my parents as well who have yet to facetime me 🙂 probably because they can’t figure out how it works. Thanks for the letter mom and for always including Fatty, our cat, in the signature. Much love