Travel: Fatima NightLife

I LOVE BEER - Collection Bar
My friend insisted that I get the opportunity to experience some of the local nightlife, So at 11 PM I found myself at a bar called “I ❤ Beer” with a handful of her friends. Since being in europe, I have made an effort to drink beers that are less accessible back in America, thus, I found myself enjoying a large bottle of Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse. After enjoying a diverse range of conversation topics ranging from life, to death, to current troubles, it was already 2 AM! I truly applaud her friends for using English (their second language) and making an effort to more effectively communicate with me.

To my surprise, the night was not over! We headed over to a Disco Club called Lerias Bar (things apparently don’t kick off here until around 2 AM). It was an 80’s night, and I enjoyed some old american throwbacks, and also got exposed to popular Portuguese artists from back in the day. They also have present-day record artists, but saturday 80’s nights tend to have the best crowd.

Back home, I’m used to bars & clubs closing around 2 AM; In Portugal, the average is around 5 AM. Fortunately, the group called it a night around 4 AM, so I was back in the house and in bed by 4:30 AM.

What a night! It was an alternative glimpse of the youth party-culture in Portugal.

What exotic places have you partied in? In Mexico, we witnessed a Tequila Fire Tower, unfortunately we couldn’t get any good pictures.

Travel: Mexican Riviera

ZaandamI spent the last week with some classmates aboard  the Ms. Zaandam cruising the Mexican Riviera. It was a great escape from school amid the post-finals haze, wiling away the days lazing by the pool, savoring cocktails, and dancing/gambling the nights away. The best part was spending quality time with great friends and making beautiful memories.

We had two port stops. One in Puerta Vallarta and one in Cabo San Lucas. I will admit, that it was less about culture, since these tend to big tourist ports, but, I had great opportunities to explore the landscape, and trek through a jungle.

2 Days were spent in PV:

MuleThe first day, we participated in an outdoor adventure. This involved taking an inflatable speedboat across the bay (a 20-min ride shrunk down from what is typically 1.5 hours long). We then hopped on a military grade jeep to climb from the rural village up to the mountain top. After gearing up, my mule Capriciosa, was generous enough to carry me further up the steep trails. She was a runner, and kept trying to weave past all the other mules. Haha.

We then zip-lined, and rappelled ourselves back down the mountain. I basically participated in all these outdoor activities that I eventually want to pick up as a hobby. It was the most adrenaline filled and exhilarating day I’ve had in quite a while.