A Weekend in Portugal
After our first full week in Salamanca, we traveled to Aveiro, Portugal for the weekend. The first day in Aveiro we went on a walking tour of the city and had the chance to take a gondola tour through the canals of the beautiful city. Saturday in Aveiro Portugal was fun and exploring a small city in Portugal was a once in a life time opportunity; however, the second day of our Portugal trip was one of the best days during our trip to Spain.
On Sunday, we all traveled to Playa Barra to spend the day at the beach. When we arrived at the beach a group of us found a large sand dune to spend the day. We spent most of our time at the beach swimming in the frigid water, relaxing on the sand dunes, listening to country music, and bonding as friends. The trip to Portugal was the first time we got really close as a group of friends and really bonded with each other.
Aside from bonding with our ISA friends, we also made new friends in Portugal. Many Portuguese people spoke English and we were lucky to meet friends who spoke in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. We played soccer, relaxed on the beach, and visited a small beach-side market for lunch with our new friends. They even told us they enjoyed our American country music! Before we left we got their contact information and we still keep in touch with our friends from Portugal. Our day at the beach in Portugal is a day none of us will ever forget.
– The above blog post was contributed by Jordan Hessinger, Stella Vinella, and Audrey Simpson, who studied abroad with ISA High School in Salamanca, Spain in 2015. They visited Aveiro, Portugal on a weekend excursion.