32 hours in Portugal
For the last weekend before our travel break we decided to go to Portugal although we only had a 2 day weekend. Friday morning after German I left for the airport with friends Conner and Senny. We trained from Heidelberg to the Frankfurt airport stopping in Mannheim for our connecting train. When arriving at the airport I said bye to Conner and Senny because my flight was that evening and I would be meeting them there. I hopped on a city train and trained into downtown Frankfurt.
I then walked from the train station to a mall about 20 minutes away because I was dedicated to get chipotle for the first time in over 2 months. Although it was nice to have such a familiar meal, chipotle in Europe is more expensive and not as good. The chips are the same tho and I've really been missing guacamole. I got to go to my favorite stores Pull&Bear and Zara and then headed back to the train station. I jumped on a train back to the airport and once through security and registered for fall of my junior year classes #old. Although once my registration time opened up, my classes started closing and I started talking to myself out loud trying to organzine the mess that was now my schedule. The people sitting around me at some random gate that wasn't really being used legitimately got up and walked away because they were so annoyed with me verbalizing my stress. It all worked out (for the most part) in the end.
The other girls that I was flying with met me at the airport. We grabbed dinner and flew the 3 hours and 10 minutes to Lisbon. Once we landed we taxiied over to our Airbnb were the rest of our group (Conner, Senny, Hailey, and Liam) were already hanging out. We climbed the many flights of stairs to our place and it was beyond nicer than I was expecting. It felt like we were staying at a really nice hotel (which is not the usual while studying abroad). We went out and grabbed some food then went back to the Airbnb and chatted until 2am.
The next morning we slept in and everyone made breakfast (this GF girl just waited until lunch) then left the Airbnb at 10:30am and headed out for the day. We wandered the city climbing the hill towards the castle, stopping at shops along the way. When we got there the line was hundreds of people long so we decided to keep wandering the city instead of wasting a majority of our one day in Lisbon in line.
We walked around the city and stopped in little shops. We even found acai bowls before jumping on the railcar to go to the other side of town. Next as we do on any weekend trip to a city with one, we went to Pull&Bear. Probably one of the things I'll miss most about Europe.
After we walked back to our Airbnb and got dressed up. We headed out for our formal dinner. After walking through 20+ guys with menus asking us to come their restaurants we finally made it to our dinner. The restaurant had beautiful ambiance and incredible food. After the meal we went back to our Airbnb and played games until we went to bed. The next morning we woke up at 5:30am and called uber's to go to the airport. Since we had such an early flight we made it back to Frankfurt early and trained back to Heidelberg. It was a very successful trip and quality time spent with my girls and our friends.