Friday, April 25, 2008

It's sunny!!!

Everything is going well... we went into lisbon on Tuesday and figured out the train schedule, but then decided it would be cheaper and easier to just rent a car. We are going to head out on Monday and go towards Paris! Most likely stopping in San Sabastian and Bourdox (sp??) and then staying going to Amsterdam! Very excited about our first adventure! The sun is finally out so we have just been relaxing on the beach and laying low in town. Yesterday we went to the beach with Megan and her kids and were there until 7pm it was so beautiful and stays warm super late! I am going to steal Megan's kids! They are so cute and so well behaved! It is supposed to be in the 80's today so I am off to the beach but posted some new pics so I figured I'd say a little something as well! Looking forward to our adventure on Monday :)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Update - from Portutal

I've added the links to pictures on the left hand side...check them out! there are pictures of the Alhambra in Granada and also pics from Barcelona. Lisbon is awesome! Jill and I went into town on Thursday. It is about a 25 min train ride from where we are staying. We had a traditional piri piri chicken lunch which was awesome and I have been dreaming about it ever since! Jill accidently tipped over the tray of chicken on the floor and we wanted more but the language barrier was a bit much so I ended up shower the cute little waiter the picture after he tried to bring us the floor chicken in a too go! He giggled and brought us more. Everyone is SOOOO friendly and helpful! After lunch we accidently took ourselves on a little pub crawl because it was pouring outside! It is supposed to start clearing up on Monday but we decided this morning that we are going to get a 15 day Eurorail pass and go see some places before people start visiting! I am very excited.
Yesterday I locked myself out of the house and locked Jill inside! It was a little tramatic, but Megan (the daughter of the lady whose house we are staying at) came over with two of her kids and they helped us out! Her kids are adorable and I may just offer to be her nanny and stay forever! Venturing out today...we'll see where the day takes us! Loving every minute so far and nice that we don't have to stress time since we have plenty of it!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

I've arrived in Portugal!

So I have been without a computer since Friday and now am using my friend Jills until I figure out what is going on with mine and can upload pictures. We have been doing a lot of fun stuff! Last thursday Mollie and I went to Granada... it was a two hour bus ride which wasn't bad. We went to the Alambra which was beautiful and I will defintely get the pics up as soon as possible! we were very excited about getting our first bocodillos and casually eating lunch under a tree. We didn't get to stay as long as I would have liked because we had to get back to our hotel since we flew out early the next morning for Barcelona. We should have taken all our stuff and flew out of Granada instead, but none the less it was a great trip.

Mollie and I got into Barcelona around 9am on Friday. We couldn't check into our hotel since it was so early, so we dropped off our stuff and wandered. We had coffee at a little cafe and wandered down Las is crazy! (the sell Pigeons!!!) We popped into various stores and watched the street vendors then we had sangria and a little snack later in the day before heading back to the hotel for a siesta. (I LOVE THOSE!) That night we treated ourselve to a nice dinner in the Porto Olymico was the first meal I really enjoyed. I had a grilled calamari with mushrooms and artichoke hearts mollie had a pallea that I enjoyed! Then we went out dancing and saw the nightife. We also explored the Park Guell which was awesome! then we went through the bari gottic area...we were there on sunday which was cool because there were so many people dancing outside the cathedral! It was great people watching. We went to the beach and then snuck into the ritz carlton for a few glasses of Champagne. We had a mellow dinner and then went out for a few drinks. All and all Barcelona was awesome! I am just touching on it right now because I want to head to the beach :) My last day alone was awesome.. I had a long lunch alone and then went to the park and read a book all afternoon before heading to the airport! It was the first time I really realized I am on quite an adventure!

I got into Lisbon at 9pm last night and getting the cab was interesting... No Spanish! The cab driver and I were doing a lot pointing! I got to my new place and took a is darling! I woke up this morning to beautiful skies and and then Jill and I took a long walk along the water. I will get the pics soon I promise! I think I could get used to this! More to come...hope all are well!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


So things are going well. Sunday night we went out in downtown Marbella. It is a really cute town and it was very quiet, but fun to wander around. We had dinner at a really cute restaurant, but I wasn't a huge fan of the food. Mollie and I split the Pallela which was way too fishy for me...I'm not sure if it was just the place, or thats how it is over here. Blah! We had a couple great bottles of wine and then came back to the room to hang out and attempt to go to bed early since we wanted to venture out the next day. We had to catch an 8:30 bus which was a little painful and Mollie's alarm didn't go off so we ended up missing it and decided to rent a car. Your's truly is the only one who knows how to drive a stick so I was voted driver. I was a little nervous at first, but it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be!
We arrived in Gibraltar around 10am. We couldn't figure out why there was so much traffic, then realized everyone was waiting to go through customs. We decided it would be best to park on the Spanish side and then walk across the border...first smart move of the trip! We wandered around the cute town and had lunch at Gibraltar Arms. We sat outside, but then it started to rain and since we were there for two hours we opted to move inside! I think we are all having a hard time not worrying about time and realizing life is a little slower in these parts! We took a tour of the rock...we saw the Hercules pillars...from this spot you could look across the water and on the left is Africa and to the right is pretty cool!

We also went into the caves which were interesting, but the best part was the amphitheater in the first one! Then we went and saw the Monkeys... I of course was terrified and just wanted to stay in the car!The views however were awesome! We were exhausted by the end of the tour so ended up getting back in the car and venturing home. We realized on the way home we had no idea what exit would get us back to our hotel so we ended up wandering around and saw more of the downtown area which is very cute! The weather is pretty mild, it rained a lot yesterday and is supposed to continue until Friday...I am hoping the report is lying. If not Mollie and I purchased some very stylish ponchos that I am very eager to wear again!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

I'm here!!

Oh hello all! I am finally in was an adventure getting here! After a great three days with Nicolette in New york I headed flew into Spain on Friday morning. On my way out of New York I lost my ATM card so I was completely frazzled and didn't know what I was going to do...Nicolette found it for me though so all is well. I flew into Madrid and had a short layover and then landed in Malaga just in time to hit the pool! The weather is great and I am already tan :)
Mollie got in around 5:30 yesterday and we had some cocktails and hit the town. I was a little shocked when I got home and realized it was 4:30 in the morning! Mollie and I always seem to have a good time together! We met a lot of people and danced the night away. Consequently we spent the day recovering at the pool. This evening we are going to a traditional Spanish restaurant downtown. I am looking forward to it since all we have eaten thus far is American food at the hotel. Tomorrow we are going to Gibraltar (sp??) I'll post more after that and I will definitely up date with pictures soon!