I slept two hours, woke up at 4am and was out of the door by 5am to get a taxi and catch the earliest train at 5.30. But of course no trip goes without a bump or two, and I immediately got mine as I realized way too late that I was in the wrong train and missed the right one for my stupidity. I was a little annoyed with myself, since I catch the train at this station every single day, but I was way too sleepy to make a scene and yell at myself about this. Took the next train, caught the metro and bought my tickets.
I decided to play tourist and spoke with the man in English and asked for tips. He immediately gave me a full itinerary with cool places I should go and since I hadn't planned my trip I left with a smile of appreciation and started walking around the city.
Decided to avoid using the map just yet - I wanted to explore a little of the streets first - I went down some stairs not really knowing where I was heading. Best decision ever! Felt like I was in Italy to be fair, with cute little buildings in a million colors.
So I sat by the river, when out of nowhere I hear someone calling my name...A friend from Lisbon I hadn't seen in four years was sitting right next to me. How weird is that? Gotta love coincidences!
Funny thing: as I was heading to the metro station, I saw a person being rescued from hole she had fallen into. Found this hilarious since I was trying to imagine how the hell did she got down there!!
As I met my friend who I had missed a lot after not seeing her for months, we went to have lunch that actually cost me 5€ dish and drink. Can I stay here forever, please?
Before heading off to the center again, my friend made me put on some make-up and change clothes since she said I looked like I was going to sky the mountains. Gotta love honest friends!
I was solo again for a a few hours and can I say I don't mind being alone at all? This trip was the best of both worlds: I was able to walk solo and go everywhere I wanted, but for a part of it I had great company (a perfect balance of 50/50)
By night we went to get some typical Portuguese food and decided we were going to have a night to forget all our life's problems and were going to have some fun. Let's just say the restaurant's worker had to clean sangria out of my friend's jeans, so you can imagine how this went down.
By the end of the night we were exhausted and I was thrilled to finally find the bed waiting for me. I fell asleep in an instant, but couldn't have been happier for making the decision to visit this place.