The weekend started out like any other, a regular Thursday night out partying with the friends (well almost regular, I only stayed out til two so that I could get up early and pack for Portugal). On Friday I walked to Plaza de Cuba so that Carolina could pick me up and we could begin our journey west. As she rolled up in her older small VW Golf, my heart started racing, I was about to go to Portugal to vacation with my new spanish friend and her cousin! I was so excited I could hardly contain myself. As we got on the highway we started driving on A22 west listening to Dave Matthews Band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, some spanish rap and some german rap.
|Aljezur, Portugal - Wind Power|
|Carolina y yo en Arrifana|
|Relaxing in the hammocks in front of the house|
After dinner we continued to sit around the table, drinking beer and wine and just having great conversation. I began learning bits and pieces of german (and NO I can't pronounce anything right), and Carolina was able to practice her german with everyone else. It really made me feel like I've become close to fluent in spanish because Caro and I can speak to each other without problem, and I was also able to translate for David. Fun!
The next morning we all woke up around ten and found that the german couple had made us breakfast since we had cooked dinner. We had an assortment of cheeses, delicious rolls, fresh fruit, coffee, etc. We moved the smaller table outside and used the benches from the table by the grill and sat in the sun to eat breakfast by the pool. Life doesn't get much better than that!
After breakfast we headed down to Arrifana, surfboards (tablas) on top of the car and wetsuits in the back, all ready to go. The short drive to the beach was made better by the addition of Dave Matthews to the CD player, and as we pulled up we just sat at the overview looking down on the beach while the rest of Crash Into Me finished playing.
|Carolina y yo aprendiendo hacer surf|
|La puesta de sol - Arrifana, Portugal|
We headed back out to beach after lunch and Felix and David surfed again, and Carolina and I bought some beer to drink while we hung out and watched. As the sun began to go down we had to opportunity to see one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen in my life. The colors of the clouds reflecting in the water and sand was just more beautiful than you can understand from photos. Carolina and I messed around for a while taking fun photos of ourselves with the sun in the background. I also took some shots of the guys in the water and as they were finishing up I had them walk in front of me as they got out and ended up with an awesome shot of them walking across the beach with the light behind them. LOVE IT.
|Felix y David|
|Carolina y yo - Praia da Arrifana|
On Sunday, the german couple left first thing in the morning so it was just the four of us having breakfast. After another breakfast by the pool (where Felix accidently fell into the pool after trying to show off) we headed back out to the beach to hit the waves. After checking the waves at the three main beaches, we decided that none of them had sufficient waves. We headed down the coast a bit to Praia do Amado and found a crowded beach full of international surfers, and some sick waves. Thankfully part of the beach had less surfers and less intense waves, David, Caro and I headed out there while Felix went to the main area to battle it out with all the real surfers. After about an hour of constant paddling and fighting to get out into the area where I'd be able to wait for a wave to try and surf I decided to take a break and lay out in the sun. Its the end of October, where else in the northern hemisphere would I be able to get a tan on October 24. I ended up laying out for over an hour getting an awesome brown tan, and I waited for everyone else to finish surfing. Heading back to the house Caro and I decided we would pack and then eat dinner before we headed back to Spain, but by the time we got into the car to go it was starting to get dark, and Carolina didn't feel safe driving 3 hours at night. The car was stick shift so I was no help.
We decided to head to Carolina's best friend's fathers house, since he lives in Vale da Tehla, and we sat with him and drank wine, and ate cheese for two hours (wine and cheese? HEAVEN). Though he speaks English, I didn't hear a word of it. Luis speaks with a very strong Andalucían accent, so I was able to start tuning my ear to the strong type of accent that I don't encounter when I'm in class or with Caro. Words like hablado turn into hablaoo, and all the words seem to run together. Needless to say though, I was able to hold my own in the discussions we were having and I was able contribute!
|David y yo - el profesor de Aleman|
Although I say that now, in an hour I'm leaving for Madrid so that tomorrow I can fly to Tangier, Morrocco for a five day stay in the home of a family friend of Paige. I know this trip will definitely be amazing in a different way!