I think I have taken advantage of as many beaches as possible this semester! Two weekends ago, about half of my program decided to go to Nerja, Spain, yet another beautiful city outside of Granada. I didn't get too many good pictures, but I did enjoy myself! Gelato was a must for a nice beach day, in spite of the overcast weather. We hung out all day and it was the most relaxing trip yet.
Then last weekend I went to Lagos, Portugal, another city filled with beautiful beaches!! Lagos was one of the first times I actually did not want to return to Granada because I was having such a great time. People from my program and I went on this trip through Discover Excursions, a travel agency from Sevilla, Spain. I booked this back in February and had been excited ever since. We met to leave at 6am and there were not one, but three buses of students going! It was crazy, but quite organized. The bus ride was about 7 hours and we were all extremely hot through the entire thing, however we did watch Zoolander so I was content. Once we arrived I was blown away by our hotel because it was just that...a hotel! Studying abroad does not equate to hotels, mainly hostels or Air BnBs. It looked like a resort and definitely felt like one too. After changing into swimsuits we headed straight to the beach! We had a mini photoshoot in the water and found our way through grottos. That night we all went to Sagres, Portugal to see where the Spaniards thought the end of the world was before Colombus did his infamous voyage. Afterwards we ate dinner and went out to one of the parties planned for us then slept for the Sangria Cruise the next day.
On day two, we woke up to breakfast, eggs, potatoes and all! If I have not already mentioned it, Spaniards only eat toast and muffins for breakfast so I was overjoyed at the meal included with the hotel room. It was magnificent and reminded me how much I miss pancakes. Anywho, we all put on swimsuits again and headed for the Sangria Cruise that departed at 11am that morning. The view was, once again, breathtaking. We were anchored in the Mediterranean with music, unlimited Sangria and scenery from a postcard. Life seriously could not have been better. We even took a tour of the grottos by boat. Later that day we hung out on the beach until dinner and by then we were all pooped! We ate at a cool restaurant with overly-sexual burger names and shared many laughs that we continued as we hung out with each other a bit longer before calling it a night.
Along with Barcelona and Morocco, this was definitely one of my favorite trips because of the people I traveled with. If I have learned anything else this semester it is that I need to slow down and enjoy just doing nothing a lot more. I think we all, myself especially, get so caught up in trying to have experiences for the future that we forget to live in the now. While it is ok to be involved, build a resume, have multiple jobs, get perfect grades, and do everything we are supposed to be doing, we all should take the time to relax because it is what we need to do. This trip was all about relaxing and enjoying the sun, Sangria and my friends. I did just that and I am so thankful for them and for this unforgettable trip!
I'd rather splurge on a good meal than a nice hotel, wine than water and plane tickets than club covers. Traveling and eating are my two favorite things, so follow my journey to see where I go and eat next! I'm just living my best life.