New Year in Portugal 2016

We flew from the airport for a flight that lasted for 2 hours and 50 minutes. I’ve never flown with Ryan Air so I didn’t realise that you don’t have any entertainment or food! Luckily I ate beforehand but the journey was boring.

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The joys of entering a new country hit me and instead of choosing public transport I did the whole ‘I’ll just get in a taxi.’ We arrived at the hotel and decided to go out for food (pizza which we couldn’t finish).

Then it was time to prepare for a long day. The next morning we decided to head out to see where we would need to be for the fireworks. In Lisbon the main event is held near a river and it’s a free party. I tried to charge my phone at the hotel but the lady didn’t plug it in properly so I didn’t have a phone for most of the day.

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We then made our way to Belem which was a long tram ride. The views were therapeutic and so peaceful. Obviously because of the long day ahead we decided to grab some food (carbs, carbs and more carbs). The journey began to make our way back to the hotel and “rest”. We got lost and ended up getting a taxi but we were only in it for 5 minutes.

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It was time, 9pm and we were ready to make our way to the main event. We used the metro twice and walked along to find food. It was busy, we sat down at a restaurant for 45 minutes but ended up leaving after an orange juice and some water because of the delay. We didn’t want to miss the fireworks so made our way to the main stage.

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There were a few Portugese musicians who were playing and ended up stopping 5 minutes prior to 2016. They announced on the live screen that there was a minute remaining. “Quatre, tres, deux, uno” it happened 2016 came with a spectacular fireworks display.

After the display getting back to the hotel was a nightmare, it took about 2 and a half hours to get back by foot! We eventually made it and slept like babies. The next morning we had time for breakfast but left out anymore adventures and made our way to the hotel.

 What a lovely way to spend New Year’s Eve and day. I’m glad to be making my way through the bucket list and experiencing new countries. How about you, how did you spend the end of 2015!

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