I just found this picture recently, while I was showing one of my co-workers some pictures of my exchange year. Funny how this picture ended up in the wrong folder. What I just realized now, that I probably will never exeperience a winter sport camp like this again. 4 years in a row I was having fun with people I was already friends with, met new people or even bonded with some people I didn't know as well.
So what I am trying to say with this post is, enjoy moments like those. And for the future I am gonna make new memories with new and old friends.
So now after taking a break for over a month of blogging I am now finally back. I have been so stressed out and I just needed to spend my time with other things, so I don't lose myself. I had so much work to get done by so many deadlines. School assignments and other projects were drowning me and at the same time I was working so much. But not only was I really stressed out, I was also trying to keep my social life maintained.
But I didn't forget to write down my thoughts during this time, so now I have more content to blog about. I cannot wait to post about the things I have planned for the near future.
It's already been a while since I was in Porto, but I just didn't get a chance with uploading this post. A lot has been going in my life. So but I'll be trying to upload posts regularly again.
My sister and I went to the airport pretty early in the morning. The flight to Porto only took about 2 hours.
From the train station we had to find our apartment in the city centre of Porto, without any internet. Just a map. Because we were early to check-in in our apartment, we went to eat lunch around the corner. As you might see in pictures with my sister, we look pretty Latin, so people just assumed we speak Portuguese. And when they realized we don't speak Portuguese they automatically lost interest. This experience was somehow funny. Because I get asked like all the time if I am Latin .
After we ate and got the keys for the apartment we went to explore the city a little. We took a boat ride in the river, douro and got a view of all six bridges. To let the day sink in we went to the ribeira and on the other side of the douro, i think village on the other side was called, Gaia. After it got dark we ate something little for supper and tried to find the way back to our apartment, where we went to bed really really early.
On the second day in Porto, we got up early so we can use the whole day for productive stuff. While my sister was getting ready, I went around the corner to get some coffee and croissants.
The first stop was the famous libary, Livraria Lello.
It was really crowded so we didn't stay pretty long, we went to the really pretty main train station of Porto.
At the train station we bought bus tickets to get out of town, to the sea side. Unluckily the weather wasn't as good as we tought it would be but the sun ended up coming out anyways.
We had a lot of fun at the minimalistic Sea Life of Porto and had a great meal at the sea.
For our "last" night in Porto we wanted to go out. We went to the Hard Rock Café, which was just around the corner from our apartment. Actually all of the night life scene was around the corner.
We got up early on Sunday, so we can use all the time before we have to go to the airport. First thing in the morning was to visit the Jardins do Palácio de Cristal. The garden was so pretty and had an amazing view over Porto and the Douro.
After we walked all the way down to the river and a visit at the pirate museum, we both were hungry. We went again to Gaia, where we saw earlier that weekend a traditional Portuguese restaurant.
(Yes, please don't mind this annoying man looking at my sausage.)
After buying a few souveniers we went back to our apartment to get our stuff and go to the airport. But when we came to the airport they told us they overbooked our flight. And we will get a standby ticket, in case someone misses the flight or doens't show up we can have their seats. But everyone showed up for the flight to Zurich, so we had to spend another night in Portugal.
Good thing, we got everything paid from the airline.
A nice hotel, with a great view on the river, and even two meals.
After spending another night in Portugal, we had a flight back home at 6 in the morning. We left our hotel around 5 I think. Can't really remember, I was so tired.
Being back home made me think about what I loved most about this amazing trip, besides spending time with my big sister. I think the part I liked to most was the street art, from musicians to painting. I am wotking on a video of all the artists I was able to catch a shot of.
Hope you enjoyed reading about my trip to Porto!!
1. Your mistakes are part of who you are and learning process.
2. Don't compare yourself to others, because you are not them.
3. There is not right way to do anything.
4. Stand up for what you believe, even if it's unpopular.
5. Learn from people who criticize you.
6. Accept your weakness as your "features".
7. Look at your past as an adventurous biography.
8. Don't underestimate your talent.
10. Intelligence is relative, self-esteem ist not.
11. Express your anger in a creativ way.
12. Sourround yourself with people who want you to succeed.
This 5 weeks flew by like nothing. The first couple of days were hard but after that I basically forgot that I am still on social media. Most important was to turn of notifications of any apps.
And I can feel the change! I am way more happier than I was before. The constant need of checking what other people are doing is gone and I am so much less on my phone than before.
I have a whole lot more time to spend on better stuff than hanging all the time on Facebook or Instagram. I read like 5 books in 5 weeks just because I had nothing else to do on the train. My phone saved so much battery during this time not using Snapchat.
I probably will never be able to quit all social media but I learned a lot about me in this time, and definitely found a way to reduce my time on my phone and social media.
Sleep is the best meditation.