Friday, July 23, 2010

oh lagos

We arrived in Lisbon yesterday but I spent the  last two days in Lagos, Portugal. I'd never heard of Lagos but a few people at our last hostel told us it was a must. So we got to the bus station and decided to get the next bus there. When we arrived it was absolutely gorgeous, the weather was about 80 degrees with a constant breeze that put a smile on my face. The water was beautiful, and we met a few guys that already had reservations at a hostel so we chanced it and followed them. Bryson and I got the last two beds in a 6 bedroom appartment. We were in a room with 4 Aussies. (80% of people i've met have been from Australia) They were great guys and  we all had a little stool outside in the street, rocked out to some tunes, and hung out until the sun decided to sleep. We then hit a local food place and then hit the town. This place was like spring break times 10. I've never seen so many people packed into one place. The amount of unique people that i've met has opened my mind up to so many different ´´views.´´ It's pretty amazing to know I'm in a complete different part of the world but still enjoying the company of complete strangers that are also traveling the world. I've only got a chance to hang out with some people for a day or so but it seems like we are all on the same page and have been friends for years.

Traveling is amazing, it allows you to open up completely to anything and everything. I feel selfish for always living in this bubble, I had no idea that cultures could be this different, I've always seen and read about it but it never really sunk in. Traveling has really let it sink in and it's such a good feeling. As the Aussie's would say, it's absolutely lovellyyy.

Lisbon is beautiful as well. We went to see Inception last night and it twisted and knotted my mind to the max. Definitely recommend it to everyone, I was amazed. Today we are going to the beach and tomorrow Pedro has a soccer, or futbol match setup for us. I can't wait!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

la bolsas en Cadiz

So the past few days have been an eye opener for sure. Rachelle showed us around Madrid and helped us get comfortable with ordering food, and having basic conversation in Spanish with people. We thought we had it down pretty well...then she left. Bryson and I explored a few places and went to an awesome looking grocery store, sorta like Whole Foods. We were so overwhelmed at how fast everyone was speaking that we freaked out and couldn´t even order. We ended up just leaving because it was so hard. I´m learning more and more spanish everyday though and it makes me so mad that I haven´t learned it before.

Our adventure yesterday was nothing short of bizarre. We went to the bus station to purchase a ticket to Sevilla. Our bus was leaving at 11 PM, we arrived around 10:30ish and decided to put our bags under the bus. We went inside to use the bathroom and when we returned our Bus was gone, the same bus that had our bags. After a few cuss words and frantically looking around, we chased after a bus that looked like ours. The bus driver rolled down his window and couldn´t speak any English. We ran inside and explained our situation, nobody could understand us. We were hoping that our bus was going to the same place as our bags but that wasn´t the case. We found out that the bus that had our luggage was on the way to Cadiz, Spain and we were headed to Saville. Luckily a guy overheard a conversation and translated everything for us to the bus driver, they told us we´d have to go figure out at the station. Fast forward a 5 hour bus ride, we get to the state in Savilla at 5:30 in the morning. We realize that we can´t pick up our bags unless we actually go to Cadiz, so we purchased a ticket to Cadiz and on our way we went. We arrived there at the wrong bus station, then managed to find anotherb us to take us to this little hole in the wall place. The guy put up two fingers, then four fingers, then a zero. 2:40 we suppose? At about 2:41 a bus rolls up, the driver gets off, the doors open and BAM! There are bags were. So, Cadiz was not in the plans but when we got there we had to kill some time, I must say they had one of the most gorgeous beaches I´ve ever seen. We took a bus back to Sevilla the same night and arrived at our hostel, the Backpackers Oasis. A pool on the rooftop, free drink, morrocan food for dinner and easy access to a lot of other things. We met some awesome people yesterday, some from Australia, India, Texas, North Dakota, Norway, and Japan. WE all went out together as a group last night and had a drink on the water overlooking the houses in Sevilla. It was exhilarating. We arrived back at our hostel at about 5:30 AM and went right to sleep. Woke up this morning for a quick breakfast on the rooftop and then enjoyed a nice siesta. We just purchased another night at this hostel and now we are about to rent a bike and explore the city.

We didn´t expect all that jazz to happen with our bags but I must say it woke me up real fast. I was speaking spanish words I didn´t even know that I knew. I was jumping, waving, and making every hand movement possible trying to describe what happened. It all worked out though. The weather is gorgeous, the people are gorgeous. We have one more night here and then off to Barcelona...I think.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Second Day

Spain is gorgeous, it´s everything I always heard and more. It´s a little hard to type on these keyboards because they are muy different, woops, I´m already speaking spanish =) It´s actually quite easy to learn how to communicate on the simplest form here.

Yesterday we went to the park and just laid in the grass forever. Our friend from Clemson introduced us to some of her friends and we all enjoyed some wine and cheese watching the sunset over the horizon of Madrid. I´ve had an absolute blast so far, minus my whole flight/bag situation. Hopefully it will all work itself out soon. So far I´ve had my first semi conversation with someone in complete spanish, I´ve enjoyed their authentic cuisine including Paella, croquetas and a few other things. The coffee here is amazing, when the waiter approached today I said cafe con leche por favor. It was so much better than any coffee I´ve ever tasted. I´m not sure what we´ll do today but if anyone has seen a big red bag, send it my way :)


Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Day 2 and we haven't made it out of the states just yet. Patience is a virtue? Hmm, sure is. Last night we were stranded in the airport with a meal voucher and no place to stay. After a little verbal argument with the lady at Bill Bateman's we were planning on finding the best place to sleep in the airport which managed to turn into an igloo after our flight was cancelled. Luckily my best friends came to the rescue, David Seay and Gear live about 45 minutes outside of bwi so I called Dave and told him we were stranded, without hesitation he said we're on the way. So our friends saved us from having to sleep on the airport floor. Thank goodnessss.

Now we are back at BWI, our first flight is already delayed but with the sun emerging from the clouds hopefully we can make it out of here today.

Fingers crossed. We will see.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Not a good start

Sitting in the airport waiting for our departure time provided a gradual excitement as the minutes crept closer...that was until the loudspeaker clicked on and the ever so kind lady informed us that our flight had been delayed. We waited about an hour for the decision and sure enough our flight to Atlanta is now cancelled,so we missed our flight to Madrid and now don't have any flights or a place to stay. Shoooweeee what a start to our trip.