Walking up the city of seven hills

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, isn’t called the city of seven hills for no reason. There really are hills almost every direction you go. So my high heels have been basically only decorating my room. Still the hills give possibilities to see amazing views from different sides of the city. And in the case you feel too tired to walk up the hills, there are lots of trams that take you up.

A tram in Lisbon
A tram in Alfama in Lisbon
One of the views from Alfama
One of the views from Alfama

The city is charming and so are the people as well. There are all the time something to do and see. Also the weather is, surprise, better than in Finland. We spent a day on a beach sunbathing already at the first week of March. Great escape from the winter of Finland!

Erasmus students after the first day at beach in Carcavelos in Portugal.
Erasmus students after the first day at beach in Carcavelos in Portugal.

Here in Portugal travelling is really cheap. For example roundtrip train tickets to Sintra is 10 euro. Or flights to Azores 70e. That’s a reason why I have also made a road trip to Andalucía to Spain with my flat mates. 6 days in 5 cities under 200 euros. Also other things like food is cheaper here than in Finland. It is also possible to enjoy nightlife basically for free or with only couple of euro. Excellent for a student..

During the road trip in Andalucía we also visited Gibraltar and saw the cute monkeys.
During the road trip in Andalucía we also visited Gibraltar and saw the cute monkeys.

The university where I am is actually a private one. That I found out after two months, haha. The university is quite small but nice. I have only a few classes so I spend most of my time elsewhere. Thing that I’m really grateful is the buddy program in my school! Without my buddy I would have been totally lost during my first week here because of all kinds of problems with accommodation. But after all I have found lots of new amazing friends from all over the world. I wish the time wouldn’t pass so fast.

Other Erasmus students and buddies at the university.
Other Erasmus students and buddies at the university.

 

Até logo Finlândia!

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