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Aveiro

On Monday we went to Aveiro. If you look on the map, it is just south of Porto on the coastal side. We took a train from Porto to get there and it was only 5,60 roundtrip. Not bad! Each way was about one hour.
Aveiro is famous for a couple of things, one of them being ovos moles. We had to get some!

They are made from egg yolks and sugar. The texture was a bit weird to me, but I enjoyed the taste. They mold them into a bunch of different shapes. I think I had a pinecone-shaped one.
Aveiro has a canal system, which was nice to see! We didn’t do a boat tour, but I snapped a quick photo.
While we were there we toured the university campus, went shopping, ate a lot of sweets, and took a bajillion photos. Overall it was a nice place, but I didn’t think that there was so much to do there. I would definitely recommend it as a daytrip and nothing longer.
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Portugual, continued!

I’ve spent the last 4 days in Portugal and I’ve had a great time! I stayed in a suburb of Porto with a friend in his family’s home. *NOTE: We took a day trip to Aveiro, but I will write a separate blog post for that.* His family was so nice and I really enjoyed seeing the everyday aspect of their lives. Leça da Palmeira (my friend’s town) has a beach, but most of what I saw was pretty rocky. My friend told me that there is a section there that is mostly sand and that’s where he goes. Although very rocky, the beach was beautiful! We went to the roof of an old chapel and took pictures on the rocks. Here are a couple of photos!

Sitting on a rock overlooking the water

You have to get down from the rocks somehow!!

Porto is a beautiful city! I’m really glad that I got the chance to see it again, as I only stayed for less than two days on my last visit. I like that it feels really old. A lot of the buildings are rundown and dirty, but I think that it adds to the beauty. Among the older/dirtier buildings there are plenty of really nice modern touches to the city. For example, the bridge between Porto and Gaia is beautiful! It overlooks the river and the lighting is spectacular!
This last scenery photo was taken from Sé do Porto. From there you have a great view of Porto, as it is on a hill.
Look out for my post on Aveiro!
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third trip to Portugal

Olá! I’m back in Portugal! Maybe I’m obsessed? This is my third visit in 6 month. Maybe I’m in love with pastéis de nata, lulas grelhadas, and fado…. Oh how great it is to speak Portuguese again. More photos and stories to come! I’ve only been here for a short while, so I don’t have anything to report… Yet!

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catch up post

Sooo remember when I told you that it was getting hot in Madrid? Yeah… it’s bad. I’m finding it really hard to sleep at night, but I’m getting a routine. First, my window stays open 24/7. During the day I lower my persianas (awesome blinds) so that the sun doesn’t get in but some air can still get in.

(imagine these blinds but with holes in them… they look like metal like mine, but I’m not sure)

In the afternoon I lift them and “enjoy” the cooler night temperatures (which is still way to hot to sleep in). Another key element to this recipe is the POOL! I’ve been going to the pool more than I have ever gone in my life! I’m not such a tan person, but I think I’m probably the darkest that I ever remember myself being. I’m so freckly!!

Another thing that I’ve done to beat the heat is go to the beach! I went to Valencia and Lisbon (again) in the past month or so. Here are some pictures!

(beach in Valencia with my friend Nikki)

(Cascais – just outside of Lisbon)

For the last week I’ve been working at a camp outside of Madrid. It’s really tough! I had two five-year-olds, one four-year-old, and a three-year-old. When the kids are so young you have to be creative to keep them interested. Also, when one acts up you have to stop the others from following their lead! I’ll continue the camp for the next two weeks and then I have two weeks off to pack and get ready to go back to the states for a bit! I’m hoping that my mom and step-dad can come visit during that time. I can’t wait to show them my city!

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