The other weekend, I took a trip somewhere that stole my heart: Portimao, Portugal. Portimao is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, with long sandy beaches, large rock formations towering over the ocean, and sun that reflects off of the brightly-colored buildings and recharges your soul.
As awestruck as I sound, the beginning of the trip definitely wasn't smooth sailing. Also, if you didn't get my blog title, do yourself a favor and go listen to some Portugal. The Man.
In order to get there, we took an Uber to the airport in Nice (about a 30-minute drive). We were going to take the train, but we got on the wrong bus and ended up ten minutes in the opposite direction from the train station with two minutes until our train. After a very stressful Uber ride, we arrived at the airport and took a two-and-a-half hour flight to Faro. From Faro, we took a crowded train ride to Portimao. When we first got there, it was dark, we were tired, and we were hungry. Since we were visiting the beach town during its off-season, most restaurants weren't even open, and morale was definitely low. After a mediocre dinner, we decided to call it a night and hit the hay.
The next morning, I awoke to sunshine peaking through the curtains of our AirBnB. We had left the windows cracked, and the beachy, Portuguese breeze was peacefully drifting through out apartment. Okay, these may seem like unnecessary details, but basically, our moods did a 180.
During our weekend there, we found the cutest juice and health foods bar, where we enjoyed fresh acas bowls, homemade guacamole, and matcha lattes. We also went on a boat tour of the Algarve Caves (the rock formations I mentioned), tanned on the beach, and enjoyed the delicious food and friendly company of the Portimao locals.
The moral of this story? Don't let one day, or even one moment, define an entire trip. On that first night, I’m pretty sure all of us were ready to throw in the towel and head back to Antibes. However, the next few days completely made up for the rocky start. Portugal, I’ll be back.