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Lauren & Georgia’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 09 Jun 2011

Location: Lagos, Portugal

MapSo 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 Henry’s 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 Lisbon’s 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 wasn’t 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 can’t wait to explore more of them!

Lauren x