In the last week of January the 1st semester - soon to be 2nd - students were able to take a break from the stress and misery revolving their exams… Next stop: Portugal! It was a long journey to Porto, but we remained positive throughout the trip, singing joyfully along the way, and when we finally arrived we were really psyched to get to experience the city!
The first day there we were lucky enough to be given 15 degrees and sunshine, which disappointed one of the students who only brought a thick fur coat - the rest of us didn’t complain though! We went for a walk around the city, sat in the sun, drank beer and the mood was at its highest! From Monday to Friday we were given Portuguese lessons by The University of Porto, guided tours around the city and even went for a wine-tasting class, which was very interesting. And tasty...
When we were not at the university, we spend our days shopping and experimenting with eating Portuguese snacks like Francesinha and Pastel de Nata. We were obliged to speak and practise our Portuguese, which was challenging, but it was also fun and exciting to finally get to use all the things we had learned the past 4 months.
The evenings were filled with all kinds of activities: pub crawls, game nights, watching beautiful sunsets from our balcony, football games and one night we even went to a Forró class for beginners. This was challenging - especially for the boys - but we had a lot of fun with it and who knows… Maybe we’ll all begin at a Forró class when we get back to Århus?
The last evening we all went out to eat at a Brazilian rodizio restaurant, which is basically an all-you-can-eat steakhouse, where the waiters walk around filling your plate with all kinds of delicious meat. Drinks and strange dance/entertainment were included, and we all left the place very full, drunk and happy.
- A place where the beer was cold and cheap, where making selfies was the favorite hobby, where your university professor is your best friend, where black humor and intern jokes were unavoidable...
All in all a great adventure to Porto!
Written by Juul van de Voort