One of the best things about traveling, staying in hostels, and exploring foreign cities is making wonderful friends. One of the saddest things is when you go your separate ways after sharing great experiences together. On June 10th Simon, Angela, Jenny, and Katrine left. We were able to share breakfast with the whole crew at the house and then I went into town with them. The five of us sat at a café together and drank coffee as they left one by one. Simon went back to London, Katrine went to explore Lisbon before she headed home to Berlin, and Angie and Jenny flew back to Switzerland.
Spending slow time with friends in cafés, on the beach, strolling streets, or catching up on the phone is one of my favorite things in life.
-Your mission for today is to make that call or spend time with a friend you have been meaning to catch up with for a while.-
After everyone went their separate ways, I wandered around Sintra for a while. As I was walking, I stumbled upon the Sintra News Museum that was hosting an exhibition called Macho Media. The exhibition was amazing and focused on the skewed sexist views that are promoted in the media. It turns out that the museum has a partnership with the Newseum in DC. Who knew?
I spent most of the day after that at Quinta da Regaleira. The estate is huge!
After walking around for five hours, I took the bus home and met an American guy from Boston who was my age and recently finished his accounting degree. He was taking some time off during the summer to travel before starting his first job at a major accounting firm.
I’m glad there are people who love accounting because you definitely do not want me trying to do that work from 9 to 5.
We talked for a while as we tried to figure out which bus stops we were passing. Luckily, I recognized the farmers market that was near the surf camp, got off there, and walked home the rest of the way.