Portugal: Lisbon and Porto

Hi everyone,

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break! I personally had the worst Thanksgiving Day ever. I had class, which felt strange to me. It was the first time I’ve ever had class on Thanksgiving, but that wasn’t even the worst part. I did what I had to do. What made it so bad was the food and my company, which were both equally horrible. I didn’t go out or do anything special. I had homework and other obligations, so at least I was busy. At night is when it really hit me like when the cold, morning air smacks your face when you first step outside. My host mom forgot it was Thanksgiving, so she made what she usually makes for dinner: soup and a sandwich (not even turkey at least). It was every synonym of bad. While my family was back home eating good food and being reunited, I was here alone, eating soup. I felt lonelier and more distant than I had ever felt throughout my trip. Thankfully, I had a great weekend, however. I went to Portugal!

We first visited Porto, which was absolutely precious. The houses were antique and very unique. It was just how I had pictured it in my mind. I loved it there, besides the rain. The people were nice and the food was great. It was interesting listening to the tour guide talk about the history of the city and its inhabitants. We visited a winery there and I got to taste 2 of the top 3 wines I have ever tasted. I ended up buying a bottle for cheap as a gift. We also visited Lisbon, the capital of Portugal. It was also a unique experience there. It was everything you would expect from a European capital, with half of the fuss. We explored the historic neighborhood there and had an amazing dinner with fado music. The nightlife was very fun as well. Overall, I am glad I went. This was my last trip with City Life and it was a good way to end it. Enjoy the pictures!