Last Days in Lisbon
For the last few days in Portugal, I decided to cancel my trip to Porto and to just chill in Lisbon. The beautiful weather, the friends that I met and the comfortable environment kept me staying there for a few more days. I also didn’t want to spend my birthday in a new place. And yes, MY BIRTHDAY!
My new friends from Québec I met in hostel kept me companied for the last few days. We mostly just took a lot of walks around the city, walking on streets we have never been to.
My friends and I hiked up to Castelo de Sao Jorge, one of the main castles of Lisbon. From there, you have an impeccable view of the city, the statue of Jesus Christ, and the Tagus River. It is a moorish castle built from almost a thousand years ago. Entrance for the castle is 5 euros, but the view is worth the price. I had been to a few other spots on the hill, but the view from Sao Jorge is the best.
People in Portugal love eating chestnuts. As we were walking back to the city center, there was a chestnut gathering in one of the hidden streets. The people told us that the gathering is every Saturday, and they would always have plenty of people joining.
A day cannot end without a Pastel de Belem!
The last day in Lisbon, I just walked around the town aimlessly with my friend Mélodie. Mélodie is from Québec, so she speaks French; a perfect friend to have while you are learning the language. We got ourselves lost in wide and narrow streets, visiting corners in town that we have never been to.
We even saw a museum in Lisbon hanging out the banner ” Je Suis Paris.” It’s a sign of European countries uniting to fight against terrorism and to support Paris.
I am very thankful to be away from Paris this weekend. However, I also felt guilty not being in town to grieve with those suffering. Imagine that if I were to be in Paris during the time, I would have definitely asked my friends to go out with me for my birthday, and we might have gotten hurt as well. I learned a lot from this trip, that we should really enjoy every moment in our lives and cherish those around us. I also want to thank the friends from hostel, who celebrated my birthday with me besides giving me support and comfort during the dark days. This is one of the most meaningful trips I have been to, and I will never forget it.