End of my exchange
Ok so I’m very sorry for this long pause. I was quite busy last days of my Erasmus exchange in Portugal. I had to arrange some papers about the whole experience, and then I had to pack my things and manage the whole weight problem with the luggage. You know, we had a 20kg weight limit for our flight, but luckily no weight limit for our hold baggage, so the heaviest things were in my hand luggage. But I still had a bit too much luggage and I figured that all of my shoes weight the most, so I made an extra package that I sent back home with some package service that had the best offer. So the heaviest things were in that extra package. I think that was a good idea and at the end it was much cheaper than it would as an extra luggage on an airplane.
Anyway, before I went back home I found some time for one day trip to Lisbon. I went by myself, but that was totally fine by me. I actually kind of liked being on my own for a day and just going around on my own. =) So I went to Gulbenkian Museum, because I really wanted to see it. I must say that first thing that surprised me was that the entrance fee for students is only 2€, which I think it’s really cheap. Well I must say I was quite impressed with the museum. It’s not that large that I thought it will be, but it was much different from what I’m used to see in museums usually. There weren’t many ancient Egyptian, Greek or Roman artifacts, but I was really positively surprised when I saw all ancient Turkish tiles, rugs and ceramics. I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that before. Also they have a really interesting and nice collection of ancient Chinese porcelain, that I’ve never saw before. Now I know why they say “China porcelain”. =) It’s really something totally unique and special, with so many details that I couldn’t believe my eyes. Also museum has some famous paintings and sculptures of artists like Rodin, Monet, Manet, Turner and so on. Well yes, I am a bit of art history fan, so that was a little bit like a theme park for me. =) Also they have a special room that is dedicated to an artist René Lalique and I must say that his works really impressed me. They are amazing and worth checking out for sure.
So yeah, after the museum I walked to city center and explored Lisbon a bit more. I was lucky that it was nice warm sunny day, so I passed some parks and enjoyed the day to the maximum. I realized that after few visits, I almost knew Lisbon and directions in which I was going, because every time that I was there I walked and didn’t use subway that much. So it was nice and I went up to Bairro Alto, because I didn’t explore it that much yet and I was impressed with the view that opens up there. You can see a large part of the city and on a sunny day that is really nice to see. =) Then my other mission in Lisbon were some shoes I found online and I knew there is a store in that has them. So I went there and yes, they had them, I tried them and they fit. So yes, I bought myself a pair of amazing new creepers. =)
Then I walked through the old part of the town a bit more, but before the sun went down I decided to go on a subway and I got to the bus station right about time when the sun already set. I wanted to avoid walking around Lisbon alone in the middle of the night, because a lot of people were saying it’s not safe and I must admit, sometimes I felt a bit weird even daytime. I think I stood out a bit and men there are often a bit offensive, because I heard some pretty weird words that were meant for me… I understood that much of Portuguese language… So yeah, I didn’t want to risk anything.
Yeah, my last days were quite busy. =) Also the day of the return Damir and I went together and first thing that happened was a funny thing, because we wanted to catch a bus from Caldas da Rainha to Lisbon and it was supposed to leave at 10:00 and we were there 15 minutes early, but the bus for Lisbon was already there. Then we realized it’s the bus that should leave the station 10 minutes ago. At the end we boarded the same bus and it left the station at 09:55, which means it was ok for us, but the truth is that should leave 20 minutes earlier. And I don’t know why it didn’t, because the only thing that kept them there was a driver that was standing outside and smoking his cigarette. Funny people these Portuguese… =)
On an airport they were much stricter when it came to the luggage and especially when it came to hand luggage. The size had to be totally right, so I had a bit of a problem because my bag was the right size, but I put so much stuff inside it got a bit too wide. =) Luckily Damir had some space in his baggage, so we solved the problem. =) Anyway, the trip home was a bit annoying, because on a bus to Lisbon the air was really bad and we felt a bit sick, then the bus to the airport was shaking and bouncing like crazy and at the airplane also wasn’t much better. It was smaller plane than the last time, so there was not much space for our legs. I’m a bit taller and so my knees were already touching the seat in front of me when I sat down. Also the air inside was awful and we had some problems with turbulence through the whole trip. Ok, turbulence doesn’t bother me much, but when you combine it with this small plane and bad air, it gets annoying.
Then we arrived to Venice… Well it was raining really hard there and it was much colder than I was used to. But the worst was yet to come, because in Slovenia it was snowing really hard and we had to drive carefully and slowly. There were signs all the way that truck drivers should get off the highway, but most of them ignored that and just kept on driving. So it was quite a mess on a road and these truck drivers are maniacs and they drive like crazy and fast and I felt uncomfortable because of it. One in front of us started to slide a bit from one side of the highway to another, but he managed to get a grip and everything was ok, but it could be a mess. So yeah, it was really tough day and I was very tired when I arrived home.
The next day at the evening I already got visitors – two of the Brazilian exchange students that went on a Euro-trip before they returned back home. So they stayed at my place for 3 nights and we had a lot of fun. Damir and I took them around Slovenia to show them some nice places. And they were lucky come this winter, because there is a lot of snow, so they were able to sledge for their first time, we had a snow fight, we made a snowman and we shoveled the snow in front of my house. So I’m really happy they came to visit before they went back to Brazil. I’ll miss them, but hopefully one day I’ll be able to visit them and I’ll see Brazil. =) Guys, if you’re reading this, you are awesome and I’m so lucky that I had a chance to meet you and host you at my place! =)
Anyway, now I’m at home, I’m almost used to life here now, though some things are still a bit weird to me. I mean, it is snow here! =) But well, for now I’m happy that I decided to return and stay at home, because now I can work on my diploma and there is so much going on now it’s just crazy! I just got a bit of rest, now I’m already running around and working like crazy, but I love it! I missed busy days in Portugal, so now here I have it! =) From now on I’ll see how many blog posts I will write. I’m sure it’s not going to be every day, but I’ll try to write as much as possible. Probably I’ll post them only when I’ll have some new photos to show. =)
Ok so this is it for now. I’m thankful for the whole student exchange experience, I’m glad I did it, I would do it again, but I had enough. =) Life is awesome, be happy and find something good in every bad thing! =)
End of my exchange