The following day, Gretchen and I took a train to Belem which is about 15-20 minutes away from Lisbon along the coast. While walking towards the Jeronimos Monastery, we passed by a Chariot Museum with free entry. Now a Chariot museum does sound kind of boring, but it was fascinating to see how these authentic chariots have lasted through time. After the museum we headed to the Monastery where we sat in the court yard for a while and had the familiar "I don't want to go back to reality" and "I can't wait to move to Europe" discussion. We headed over to the famous pastry shop Casa Pastéis de Belém to try the Pastel de Nata. Pastel de Nata is a small cream tart that kind of looks like a miniature Sugar Cream Pie. After we enjoyed our pastry and some authentic Portuguese McDonalds (a Big Mac), we headed back to meet the others at the apartment. On our way back, we ran into a huge parade along the streets. It seemed to be more of a political parade with each type of party being represented. People were dancing, music was playing, and political party flags were waving. It was interesting to see the “Portugal for Communism” flag in their section of the parade. The next morning we caught our flight home and I just uneventfully hung out around the apartment and caught up on the television serious 30 Rock.
This was an interesting weekend to say the least. Traveling with 9 people can get difficult as everyone has different agendas and opinions on things. It was good traveling with Gretchen and comparing our study abroad experiences. This weekend I will be traveling to Brussels and Amsterdam to visit two friends from Anderson that are studying over there. I am excited to get out of this part of Europe and eat some authentic Belgium Waffles.
I did a little photoshop.. I'm not too good at it though
The courtyard inside the Jeronimos Monastery in Belém