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Portugal = Underrated

Where the sun is shining, the locals are friendly & the streets are POPPIN!  

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I still don’t know why it took me so long to make my way to Portugal, it hadn’t really been on my radar. But the second I got my AncestryDNA results and found out I’m nearly 10% Portuguese, the plans to visit were in full effect. 

This trip started with a little extra excitement and momentum. Although I’ve traveled on my older sisters benefits for years, this was my first trip as a flight attendant, reaping the reward of the job! So to say I was stoked would be an understatement. 

It was mid June, miraculously a breeze to get on a flight via standby && we were off to Lisbon! 

It took approximately 4minutes after checking into our hostel to realize we came to town by complete chance during the. biggest. celebration. of. the. year.  

• I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, staying in a hostel is the quickest/ best way to meet easy going people and is always my go-to way of traveling. Who doesn’t love instant buddies?? Highly recommend Hans Brinker Hostel in Lisbon . A close walk to the city, right near the train station and an all around fun place to stay. Full patio with games, a bar with happy hour every day && everyone’s favorite.. FREE breakfast •

• I’ve said it before I’ll say it again, staying in a hostel is the quickest/ best way to meet easy going people and is always my go-to way of traveling. Who doesn’t love instant buddies?? Highly recommend Hans Brinker Hostel in Lisbon . A close walk to the city, right near the train station and an all around fun place to stay. Full patio with games, a bar with happy hour every day && everyone’s favorite.. FREE breakfast •

If you guessed the Sardine Festival (because I’m sure that’s the first thing that came to mind??¿¿ ) Ding Ding Ding! This festival has been a tradition for centuries, and we got to experience it first hand.From the streets being jam packed with locals and tourists partying all up and down the neighborhoods to smelling the saltiness all throughout the city. 

I wish I could say I was brave enough to try the traditional sardine sandwich ( because usually I’m more than open to new foods !!! )  but one look at the head with eyeballs intact and it was a no go for me. Be sure to let me know how it goes for you if you ever find yourself in Lisbon during the Sardine Festival! 

 

Now, let’s talk fairytale castles for just a sec. 

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Taking a day trip to Sintra is a must. We took the train which was just a hop skip and a jump away from the city, but the big red hop on hop off busses do day trips as well! 

Once you get to the little town of Sintra, you basically just enter a dream and a photo-op palace. Theres multiple castles to roam around but we stuck to just exploring Pena Palace!  

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From the views that stretch miles to the ancient details everywhere you look, I was blown away by all the beauty. This is somewhere that really leaves you in awe.

 My Favorite Memory from Portugal!! 

This one goes out to all the locals, but especially this dude. He went from just being our Tuk Tuk driver up the hill, to no joke letting me drive around the block just for a laugh. Note* waaayyyy harder than I would’ve ever expected! But this, this is why I travel. To make connections, swap stories, and laugh with people around the world. 

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From the top of every hill, you can look down on the bright orangish red roofs that cover the city. We sat and played eye spy, and I’ve gotta tell ya, it was the best way to really observe all the little details.

From the top of every hill, you can look down on the bright orangish red roofs that cover the city. We sat and played eye spy, and I’ve gotta tell ya, it was the best way to really observe all the little details.

C A S C A I S 

Ocean breeze and sunny dreams.  

Member those big red busses I talked about? You can find em in plenty of major cities and I for one love them. They get you to where you wanna be with a pretty cool birds eye view along the way. Which is exactly what we did to get our selves in the famous lil town of Cascais. Where we bronzed on the beach and danced around the colorful streets. 

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All the ins and outs of the places we were able to go in our short week put a big ol smile on my face. It easily became one of my favorite cities in Europe and that’s with only making a small dent in what the country and culture has to offer. 

I know I’ll be back, who’s coming with?  ♡

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