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Party in the Bairro

PORTUGAL | Tuesday, 13 November 2007 | Views [803] | Comments [6]

Ok, we finally did something very Portuguese. We went out on the town to Bairro Alto (a street with lots and lots of people) and stayed up until the wee hours in drunken revelry. Ok that's a bit of overstatement, but we did manage to stay out until 2:30, which was a record for us in Portugal...well honestly anywhere. The Lisbon culture that we have seen encourages people to sleep late into the afternoon before waking up and leaving the house around midnight. In fact the party doesn't really begin until 2 at some clubs. One morning when Andrew and I stumbled outside at 9 in the morning to go jogging, our flatmate was just stumbling out of a taxi from the night before. So with Valentina (the Italian) as our guide, we ventured into the Alto and started taking advantage of the 1Euro drink specials and 80's music. Four drink specials later, and after a Spanish man asked Andrew where he was from, we discovered a subway...not the metro...the eatery. We had set out for some late night pizza but settled for bread instead (and cookies of course). Then we came home and ate ice cream, it was a great night. The next day we woke up late and chose to forgo our morning exercise and instead headed to the Museo de Coches. They featured more than 40 carriages from as early as the 16th century. They were these monstrously large vehicles that are replete with carvings, sculptures, velvet linings and paintings.
Anyhow, our time here is winding down, a little less than a week, and we still have to see Evora and Sintra. YIKES!!

Tags: Food & eating



did Andrew reject the Spanish guy?

  Richard Nov 13, 2007 11:49 PM


So can I have a carriage to go along with my penguine.

  spanky Nov 14, 2007 4:00 PM


Can I have a penguin-shaped carriage? I'll take it to an isolated tribal area of South America and terrorize the natives with the giant Bird-God.

I can't believe you guys eat at McDonald's, Subway, and Pizza Hut. So, so awesomely American. You guys rule. (Sincerity is abounding here. So much approval directed your way from the old Wash, D.C.)

Man, your lives are sounding so much like mine! Partying until dawn, eating pizza and ice cream, getting hit on by Spanish men. Just... like... my life. (Less sincerity abounding this time.)

So did you guys dance? And were you better at it than the techno-loving Euros?

  Annie Nov 15, 2007 3:05 AM


One has to wonder how Spanky and Annie have time to post what with all the time it takes for them to view all the photos Alex has been posting from her brand new REBEL camera...oh...wait...
I IMAGINED those posted photos. My bad.

Andralex would have to sober up to actually post any photography and even then...I don't think the imaginary giant bird-god would allow us to actually view photos of such revelry. Crazy nap taking Americans.

  Richard Nov 15, 2007 3:49 AM


Okay, so here is some news from America...

Texas Tech University Football is number one in the nation!!!
...In terms of dollars fined to a football coach for criticizing referees.

  infoguy Nov 15, 2007 7:16 AM


well this place sounds like it is right up your alleys with sleeping in till noon, the staying up until two pm not so much, i'm with the rest on the food your eating shannon you had me try stuff in italy so i really thing you should try stuff there don't you just to be fair. and we are still waiting for the pictures with the new camera, it is working is it not. i will say that for being gone two weeks it sure went by fast, but boy am i glad to be back i do not envy you two the trip back, and at this time i will say your father and i will think very hard about joining you on your trip if the flight does not take more than an hour. i would like to know what you are seeing in terms of buildings, plants, people, colors and such, the descriptions of the places have really gone by the wayside, how do you expect us to feel as if we are there if we don't have a picture of there in our heads. please remember we are all on this trip togather and as such we need more guidence and information so we can go out into the world and lie through our teeth (natural or store bought all the same) to others about our wonderful trip around the world. so please become the tour guides that helen keller would have been proud of. with much love mom

  mardi Nov 17, 2007 11:37 AM

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