Halloween weekend 2014 started out with a scare. I decided to take my first spur-of -the-moment international trip to Lagos, Portugal. The trip began with my traveling companion and I sitting outside a train station in Seville for an hour thinking our ride from blablacar.es flaked out on us. Finally just when we were about to give up a big white van rolls up. At this point the words rapist and kidnapper came to mind. Luckily there were other travelers already aboard and all seemed well. It turned out that the driver was a surfer on his way to catch some waves, hence the big van.
Before we even made it out of the Seville we came upon a horrible inferno of a car crash. The column of smoke and flame was visible long before the site of the accident became clear. Traffic was stopped for nearly two hours. By the time we finally got past and on our way it was already dark. Three and a half hours later we finally arrived in Lagos. By this point it was late and worn down, and so decided to call it a night.
Dawn and a New Day
The next morning it was a different world. The bustling streets of Seville were long gone. The peaceful port city of Lagos lay before me. Our hotel was amazing. [INFO ABOUT HOTEL].
We spent the morning wandering around the old towns streets and admiring the intricate chapels. [More description about the streets]. There was even a church with a chapel of human bones. Unfortunately this was closed while we were there.
We ate at the same restaurant at least once a day, this inconspicuous burger joint that served up the best hamburger I have had outside of America. Name. It was an unexpected and amzing treat. IN the afternoon we hit up the beach for a bit, and then walked around the cliffs of the sea to different vistas. The coves and caves were gorgeous. Mesmorizing.
At night we went back to the Old Town to find some tasty Portuguese food. We went to this local place at had a seafood stew called cataplana. [Describe blahblah]. It is a very popular restaurant where you usually need reservations. We got lucky and there wasn’t too much of a wait, probably because we were there in a low season.
In my travels so far, I think this was one of the nicest trips I’ve taken. It felt so good to be away from the city for a few days. I didn’t realize just how claustrophobic I get being around this many people every day. That is the country girl in me for sure. I always crave the peace and quiet and tranquility of living in the country.
I relaxed, ate good food, hung out with some really cool people and saw some breath-taking views. I had not been overly excited about this trip but Lagos definitely impressed. Now I cannot wait to explore more of Portugal.It still blows my mind that I am so near so many amazing locations.