What I did this week:
- Got acquainted with our apartment’s rooster.. yes, we have a rooster. We’ve named him Joaquín, and he’s just SO attentive at making sure we get up at 5:00am..and 7:00am..and 9:00am..and 11:00am..and 1:00pm.. truly very considerate. We thank him each day.
- Went to our city preview on Monday morning in Lisbon’s City Hall. It was about as fancy as you would expect from a city older than Rome.
- Went to lunch with a bunch of remotes at TimeOut Market, this really awesome lunch/dinner spot. Think Chelsea Market meets Eataly meets a mall food court… with all of the yummiest restaurants in Lisbon. We then set out to explore the city for the rest of the day (Memorial Day, word up!).
Our exploration krew!
- FINALLY found some green space (all the “parks” here seem to be paved- a real change/downgrade from Prague), and plopped down for a nap and some handstand sessions.
- Gorged ourselves on Indian food for dinner. We decided to try an Indian restaurant that was recommended by one of the Balboa girls (the group here before us). She said it was the best Indian food she’s had since being home in India and that was honestly all the convincing I needed.
Can I just tell you guys, OH. MY. GOD. I’ve been to countless Indian restaurants in my life- heck my family had Indian takeout more than pizza and chinese combined- but nothing I’ve ever eaten has been as good as this. Just writing about it right now has me salivating. I will be back. Many times.
- Got my surf on at Carcavelos beach on Thursday morning. It was maybe my third time(?) on a surfboard but I got up on my first try and continued to krush it throughout the morning. The instructors were awesome and super encouraging- they ended up putting me on three different boards so I could experience how different sizes and materials felt. #epoxy4lyfe
- Kept on my healthy food game with some delicious (but well portioned) tacos and started making my own salads for lunch.
- Joined my program leader Jen and our experience manager Gonçalo for a wine night out that quickly devolved into hanging out in the festival crowds around Bica, my neighborhood. We actually ended up coming across other remotes and our group became this amorphous mass of people coming and going. A delightful time was had by all.
- Beached it on Saturday with the small group who didn’t go on the side-trip up to Porto. Medhi and I got there before anyone else and got off a stop early on the train so we could walk up the coast and explore each of the 9 beaches before choosing one.
- Walked out to Cascais (pronounced cass-kai-shh, because literally nothing in Portugese is pronounced the way it’s spelled), for dinner and sunset with the gang. Cascais is Lisbon’s local beach town and it has a completely different vibe- it’s flat (hallelujah!), super chill and feels more like a village.
- Had a relaxing Sunday exploring a different part of the city with Chloe. It was so great to walk around the city with another creative mind. Being able to take in the textures and colors and layers of abstraction that exist here with someone else who understands and appreciates them was a wonderful and completely relaxing feeling.
- Stumbled across an arts and crafts fair going on in a big park and ended up purchasing two delicate little wrap bracelets #treatyoself
- Plopped our booties down to enjoy some live Portuguese music over a cappuccino and some “toasties” with the locals.
Is this child not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?
- Eased myself into bed Sunday night thinking that although this city isn’t Prague, it’s not so bad. I’ll give it a chance to prove itself- and I have a feeling it will.