Location: Dublin, Ireland
The trip from Lagos to Dublin went smoothly. We woke up at 6.00am to catch the taxi to the airport which was an hour away. I hadnt done all the research and we were shocked when we discovered this the night before. I jumped online and luckily we were able to book a cab. Whilst in Portugal our credit cards wouldnt work at the ATMs for some reason so were stuck with little cash most of the time. The taxi driver was meant to give us one euro change usually we would tip them their change but it isnt necessary and we really needed every cent we could get. Unfortunately the taxi driver decided not to offer us our change. We were pretty cranky but carried on with checking in, etc. Later on we went to pay for some breakfast when Georgia magically found a 20 euro note in her wallet. She had accidentally short changed the driver! We felt a little bit guilty but it was an accident and we really needed the money.
Once arriving in Dublin we made our way to an ATM and felt joyous when we heard the machine dispensing cold hard cash. We got the airport bus into the city and eventually found our hostel after walking down half of Temple Lane with our backpacks on! Losers! We were pretty hungry and after checking in went and enjoyed a pub lunch as well as a pint. On the walk home we stopped in at two more pubs including the famous Temple Bar. We ended up going back a little later on and enjoyed listening to the Irish music. It was a lot of fun and we also ended up making friends with a few of the Turkish Football Team! We are about to head back down there shortly as a musician has just started to perform for 100 hours to break the Guinness World Record. It will be interesting to see him today and then the difference when we come back on Wednesday night to see how he is going.
Today we didnt get up to much it is very cold and rainy here. We caught a local bus to the Guinness Storehouse and did a tour. Our ticket also included a pint of Guinness at the end which we were able to pour ourselves. I cant say I am a fan though, it tasted as if I was drinking a glass of soy sauce. It was definitely interesting to learn about the history behind Guinness.
Tomorrow morning we are setting off for our Paddy Wagon Tour. It is a tour of Southern Ireland and will last for two nights. I will try to keep you updated where I can. Dont forget to check out my photos! I must go now, the pub is calling!
Location: Lagos, Portugal
Things have been pretty quiet since my last entry. We havent done a whole lot except lay at the beach most of the day. Last night we had a few drinks at the hostel then decided to explore the town. I somehow managed to start talking to an old guy who is a fire fighter. He invited us in to the station and gave us a tour; we even managed to get in one of the ambulances for a photo. Talk about random. We walked down to the beach and had a few wines while looking at the stars. Unfortunately most people at this hostel are Australian and remind me why I choose not to have many friends back home I dont know if I have ever met anyone so obnoxious compared to a few people staying here. It is such a pity as Lagos is such a beautiful town but overrun with immature party animals.
We have to get a lift to the airport at 6.45am in the morning so we will definitely be having an early one tonight. I didnt realise when booking our flights that the airport is an hour away so our budget will be blown for tomorrow, luckily we had a very cheap day today. Georgia and I cant wait to be in Dublin this time tomorrow! Ill be sure to keep you updated and take many photos.
Location: Lagos, Portugal
So we did end up going back to my favourite Portuguese restaurant for dinner with Rosie and Henry, as well as a Brazilian girl by the name of Lilianna. Unfortunately they did not have any squid which I was really looking forward to but settled for a special type of calamari. I was not disappointed! The others shared a plate of steaks, fish and calamari. It was such a nice day. Before we headed off for dinner we had a few wines on the big grassed area of the hostel and watched the sunset.
We woke up early the next morning as we had to pack our bags and get ready to check out. We decided that we would catch the 6.30pm bus to Lagos so we could spend the day doing a little bit more sightseeing. We walked to Rosie and Henrys hostel which took us 30 minutes as we walked about six streets to far where we then caught Tram 28. This tram is recommended for tourists as it takes you from one side of the city to the other. At one end we explored an impressive Basilica and also a big park. I ran for my life as six or so massive geese started to chase us. I had an ice-cream and we walked around for a bit before getting back on the tram.
At the other end of the city we decided we could walk back to the hostel from the stop. On the way we passed one of Lisbons famous bakeries and bought a few treats. We stopped for some groceries on the way home and made salad sandwiches on the terrace before we had to get a taxi to the bus terminal. We were a little bit worried that the taxi driver had taken us to the wrong terminal but were relieved to see our bus around the corner.
The bus journey from Lisbon to Lagos took four hours but wasnt too bad as we managed to get a few hours sleep in on the way. Once arriving at our hostel, the Rising Cock we discovered that half of Australia is also staying here. We had a beer with a few people upstairs before heading to bed while they all headed out. We had a nice breakfast this morning down the road for less than 5 euro for the both of us. Things seem very cheap here! We spent a few hours today working on our tans, as well as going for a swim. The beaches are very beautiful here and I cant wait to explore more of them!
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
I have fallen back in to my old ways of not updating my blog on a regular basis! I am hoping to change that.
Our last day in Madrid was relaxing. We didnt do too much went to the food markets and bought some fresh tapas as well as a few churros (donut sticks filled with caramel, chocolate or cream) on the way home. We had to leave after lunch as we had an afternoon flight to Lisbon. The flight was the shortest of my life, 55 minutes to be exact, but it was definitely the most turbulent! We caught the Aerobus into the city and found our hostel pretty easily, although we hadnt realised that Lisbon is the City of Hills or something along those lines. They are everywhere and they are steep! Our hostel is absolutely beautiful; it is only six months old and was previously a music school. I love having a wine out on the terrace overlooking the water. We went out for dinner on our first night to a beautiful Portuguese restaurant up the street. It was very cheap and the food was amazing.
Yesterday we decided we would do a day trip out to the historic town of Sintra, 40 minutes away. We had a little bit of trouble finding the train station but got to see a few of the streets on the way. Once we arrived in Sintra we decided to have some lunch. We stopped in at a cute little café that sold beautiful, cheap food. Once lunch was finished we continued on foot into the historic centre of the town. It took around 20 minutes to walk and we did some exploring once we got there. We even managed to visit one of the many palaces, however we ran out of time to see any of the castles. We were feeling very tired and decided to catch the tourist train back to the train station. After waiting half an hour for the train to turn up, we paid our 5 euro each and waited for it to leave. Just as we were about to disembark we found out that the train was a circuit train and had no stops. We wasted about an hour of the day and 10 euros. Once returning to the historic centre we had to invest in two raincoats as it started to pour and it was freezing. It was a little hard to enjoy the day with weather like that. We bought a few groceries and had dinner at the hostel.
Today we met up with Rosie, one of our friends we made in Madrid, as well as her brother. We caught another train out to Cascais a beautiful beach town. We hired free push bikes for the day and did a lot of exploring. It was so much fun riding around and Cascais was the perfect place to do it. Unfortunately the weather wasnt the best but the sun did manage to shine for an hour or two. The four of us are going to have a few drinks at our hostel tonight before going out to dinner, we have planned to go back to the yummy Portuguese restaurant. I cant wait!
Location: Madrid, Spain
We havent done much sightseeing whilst in Madrid but I have fallen in love with one of the beautiful parks. It all started with our picnic on Friday. I did end up going to the supermarket and making a few salad baguettes to enjoy with our bottle of wine. We found a nice grass hill to picnic on and sat in the sun for several hours, it was very relaxing. After a while we decided to walk and explore the park. I think it took us over an hour to find the lake, just proves how big this place is! Once we found the lake we hired a row boat for an hour and paddled around. It was a lot of fun.
That night we went out with about 50 other people from our hostel as well as another for tapas, more like a bar/pub crawl. It was a rip off but fun. We found an Irish pub afterwards and we had four euro pints with a free shot of whatever you wanted. Things got pretty messy and we didnt end up getting home until 6am.
We slept in til after midday yesterday to recover. I decided that I was taking our new friends, Blake and Mike from USA and Rosie from England to the park. I loved it there! I made some food for us and off we headed with our three bottles of wine. We did the whole grass hill thing as well as the row boats; we got two as the five of us wouldnt fit in one. We rowed out in to the middle of the lake and drifted around for an hour or so. Unfortunately on our walk home it started to pour with rain. We didnt let it ruin our day and had a lot of fun while getting absolutely saturated!
Last night was our last night in Madrid sadly. The five of us went to a beautiful tapas bar and enjoyed our first paella and some sangria. We didnt have a big night, going to bed at 3am, well I did, I am not sure what time the others did as they are all still in bed! We are off to Lisbon, Portugal later today. Rosie is also heading that way so we are hoping to catch up again soon. I think today we will go on the walking tour and to the food markets for lunch before we head off.
Location: Madrid, Spain
So I was right about not having a big day yesterday. We started the day around 11.00am with a trip to the Reina Sofia a museum. Maybe I have seen enough art to last me a lifetime but I dont really understand what the fuss is all about. I dont understand why half of what I saw yesterday is famous and worth so much? I am sure there is logic behind it and I am sure my statements have probably offended a few people but I guess its just my point of view. So you can probably guess that the visit to the museum didnt last long, after three hours and only half covered we decided to call the quits. Being tired and hung over didnt help the case either.
We went to the supermarket and bought a few groceries for lunch and dinner. Please dont be alarmed but I have been consuming large quantities of fruit and vegetables from SPAIN! Watch out! I havent tried a cucumber yet though. It is funny how big of a news story it is back in Australia yet I have not spoken to one person over here that knew of the outbreak. I thought I better look more into the story none the less and it appears that they have no idea where the outbreak originated but have proved it wasnt Spanish cucumbers! Plus it is only people from Germany that have been affected and we are staying well away from that place.
We had a few bottles of wine with dinner last night and hadnt planned on going out but unfortunately we all got told to go to bed or go out at 11.30pm. Usually this is just as we are starting to have fun so sure enough we usually go out. I didnt make it to bed until 3.00am again but Georgia holds the record with 6.00am. I am sure she would be happy to sleep all day but I am about to go down to the supermarket and grab a few things for a picnic and wake her to go to a park for lunch. No doubt tonight will be another big one as it is Friday. We are all planning on going to tapas for dinner then out afterwards. I will let you know how it goes.
Location: Madrid, Spain
So I have been a little slack and havent been updating my blog daily. Truth is that there isnt much to tell. It rained a lot in Ibiza so that dampened our plans of discovering a beautiful beach! We didnt do too much more partying after the opening of Space as that blew our minds as well as our budget.
We were able to pay for a late checkout from our apartment which was lucky considering the weather we experienced. We made it to the airport on time and our second flight with RyanAir went well. Everyone cheered once the plane landed, I assume they were happy that the plane didnt crash, etc as I guess RyanAir have a bad reputation.
After catching three trains we safely arrived at our hostel in Madrid and am so far extremely impressed. After checking in we decided to go for a walk to the supermarket to buy some toothpaste. While we were there hot, fresh baguettes came out of the oven. We ended up buying one and some cream cheese, along with a bottle of wine and having that for dinner. It was nice making some friends in the kitchen while we ate and then a group of us went out to a pub down the road for one euro beers. I liked the fact that when the pub closes they give you plastic cups to take your beer with you!
We are a little bit hungover this morning but just had our free breakfast which consisted of toast with Nutella, it seems to be curing it so far. I dont think we will have a big day today but am planning on doing a little bit of sightseeing with a few of our new friends.
Location: Ibiza, Spain
Wow. Last night was crazy. We went to the Space Opening Fiesta. I wasnt sure what to expect. We had bought our tickets during the day and had opted with the choice of turning up whenever we wanted. Cheaper tickets were available but you had to arrive prior to 6.00pm, etc. After drinking a bottle of vodka in our apartment we decided we would head in around 11.30pm. Luckily we had learnt that the club was only a five minute walk down the street. I cannot believe the size of that place. It was like being at a music festival. There were six different rooms with different djs playing I loved the rooftop. There were people everywhere, thousands of them, a lot of them were English but I am yet to hear another Australian accent! We partied the night away and it wouldnt have been complete without a pizza on the way home.
We slept most of the day away today as we experienced our first day of bad weather in just less than four weeks! A massive thunder storm rolled in and it poured for a few hours. Things appear as they are starting to clear up outside at the moment, just in time to get ready and go out for a few drinks and dinner. I am hoping for sunshine tomorrow so we can explore some of the beautiful beaches on this island!