Lisbon is a nice city to wander and bump into new awesome people! A busy week in Lisbon!
The agenda was: 4 days in Lisbon + 1 day in Sintra + 2 days in Porto.
In Lisbon we rent a room through Airbnb, and as lucky as we are, we got more than a simple accommodation. Good bed, clean and big apartment, two friends and a cat! Hugo, Ariana & Xá (the cat) were awesome.
They gave us all the tips about the city, took us to an amazing beach, and she cooked a delicious soup from Alentejo for us. What else could we ask for?? Thanks guys, no words to express how we loved to meet you!
We had plenty of time to discover the city, and we were pretty busy. Lisbon has a lot to see and do. Do you want a travel guide? Here it is, a beautiful photo guide of Lisbon and here is an article about Lisbon prices and travel budget. Now, let’s talk about more interesting stuff.
One day of sightseeing and it was time to meet Dariia, an old friend. We had a great time in Ukraine, and I was excited to see her again. She is an interesting mix: a beautiful Ukrainian model that speaks fluent Portuguese (with a Portuguese accent). Thursday night we met outside Rossio metro station, of course, we were a little bit late (we are trying hard to become a punctual couple, and now we are better than 3 months ago).
With Dariia came new friends. First was Carlos, a great “gajo”. We all went for a nice dinner at Casanova Pizzeria (great food, I will give you all the info on an article dedicated to Portuguese food!) After dinner it was time to go for some “copos”, a Portuguese way to call drinks.
Bairro Alto is the best place for drinks, tascas and party. The streets are packed with people from all ages, locals and tourists. We stopped at Mahjong Bar, super cool and funky place. The best feature of the bar are the cabbage chandeliers!
Drinks and new friends on the table. Was time to meet Roxana, a great and beautiful Romanian girl. She works at the bar, so if you go there, tell her Nat & Rob send kisses. After some mojitos and good laughs the plan for the next night was already set. Mahjong for warm up then clubbing! Imagine how difficult it is to convince me and Rob to go out…
On Friday morning we went to Sintra (a historical city near Lisbon), we were a bit tired from the night before but we manage to rest on the train till there. Sintra is amazing and we have a blog post about it. The problem was that by the end of the day we were dead, and still had to take a shower, get dressed and go party.
We are far from our 20´s, but we handled it. At 10 pm we were at Mahjong. Dariia introduced us to more new friends and we stayed there till the bar closed, around 2:30 am. Then it was time to dance! The venue was Ministerium and Solomun the name of the night. Happy time!!!
No pictures from the night out as we were too busy having fun! Sorry! 😛
At 5 am my old man gave up and asked me to go home. I was super tired too. We left Dariia, Carlos and Roxana in the club and went back home. Walkthrough Lisbon city center at 5:30 am was pleasant and safe. The whole historic streets just for us. At some point we decided to take a taxi.
We still had 3 days to enjoy the city! After a good morning of sleep, we went to Belém, a beautiful neighborhood. Sunny afternoon along the Tagus river with custard cakes and a nice walk. Nothing too extreme, I won’t lie, I was hangover!
Sunday was a beach day! With Hugo & Ariana we went to Portinho de Arrábida and Sesimbra. The sun was shining, we were having fun and the water was bloody freezing! Rob tried to swim, but as soon as the water touched the “special parts” he gave up!!
Since our plans changed because of some bank issues, we stayed in Lisbon till Tuesday morning. Then six days in Porto, a cute town in the north of Portugal. After that, 3 more days in the capital again.
Lisbon was all about the people we met. So when we came back we stayed again with Hugo & Ariana. Their other guest, a Russian guy, didn’t get the visa to travel to Europe, with an empty room they accepted us for a few more days! We are damn lucky!!
Those last days were a bit more serious, sightseeing and collecting information for our blog.
Before leaving Portugal we met Roxana again. Few drinks at Mahjong, just to finish our Lisbon stay in great style. About Dariia and Carlos, we didn’t manage to see them to say goodbye. Turn out it wasn’t necessary, one month later we catch up again, but in Barcelona (Spain). Actually, you will hear a lot about this couple, as we keep bumping into each other all around Europe. And always having great fun!