It’s about time I actually wrote something about my current travels. I’ll start with my first stop, which was a tour with G Adventures through Spain and Portugal. For those who are unfamiliar with G Adventures, they offer different styles of travel to cater for all needs. On this occasion, I selected YOLO, which meant I’d be staying in hostels. Now, you might be thinking, that’s no big deal! But not for anxious Angie over here! This was the first time I ever stayed in hostels and leading up to the trip I was very nervous. So how did I go…? It was perfectly fine! In fact, I would totally do it again!
Our first stop was Barcelona. I’d been before so I didn’t spend too much time here. I gave myself enough days to see Sagrada Familia and Park Guell and shop along La Rambla before meeting my tour group for the first time. They were an energetic bunch and awesome to be around.
I suggest not setting any expectations before entering a new city. I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed my time in Granada. If you’re a clubber, head to Mae West for a fun night of drinking and dancing! If you’re a sports fan, get yourself a ticket to a La Liga game (seasonal). I went to one and despite it being advertised as a low profile game, it was thrilling!
Àhhh, the picturesque Seville. I went crazy with photos here because this city is so photogenic. But be warned: you will get lost in the windy streets. But that’s all part of the adventure, right? I strongly recommend visiting Real Alcaraz and climbing up the bell Tower called Giralda.
Wow, what a treat! The boldly blue water, the warm yellow sand and the magical caves. If you love the beach, definitely add Lagos to your travel goals. They offer kayaking and boat rides so you can get up and close with the caves. I chose to hike my way around. It is quite a walk so wear appropriate footwear if you opt for this. The city centre is very quaint, full of various stores, bars and restaurants. It’s a great getaway destination.
Prior to this trip I had never been to Portugal so I was very excited. Lisbon did not disappoint! I fell in love with the city and have made a mental note to return. Coincidentally, we were there during a fashion festival so we all got dressed up and hit the town as soon as we arrived. Imagine six girls trying to get ready in one dormitory with one bathroom… We managed just fine! Of course, when in Portugal, you have to try their famous Pastel De Nata (Portuguese Tart). I bought one (or four) at Belem, which is the place to have the tarts. They were delicious.
The last stop was Madrid. Unfortunately, I was hit with a bad cold that had been spreading around the group. I thought I was going to get away with not catching it but I wasn’t so lucky. It was hard to move around with the cold. All I managed was a trip to Buen Retiro Park, which was gorgeous, and said my farewells to the crazy cats I’d been travelling with for ten days.
It was an unforgettable week and a half, full of tapas, endless laughs, and new bonds around the world.