Trip back home
This was our last day in Portugal. We woke up at 7 AM, went to breakfast and packed our suitcases. We had one last look at the foggy view from the campus and then at 9.30 AM a campus driver took us to the Porto airport. As the teachers already left Portugal a week ago, we had to get everything at the airport sorted by ourselves. We were a bit nervous, but everything went smoothly. Our flight was at 1 PM so we had more than enough time. We took off and landed in Frankfurt at 5 PM (Slovenian time). Our flight from Frankfurt to Ljubljana was at 8 PM, so we had enough time to grab lunch. Then we waited. We distracted ourselves with playing cards. We landed in Ljubljana at 10 PM. There we waited for our suitcases, when we got them we went outside, where our families were waiting for us to take us home. We were all quite sad to be leaving Portugal, but at the same time, we couldn’t wait to get home. The trip to Portugal was a great experience, and a beautiful country to see. We all enjoyed it very much.
Third trip to Porto
This was our last full day here at the campus, so me and Tia decided to use it well. We planned a trip to Porto via train. After breakfast, we first had a ceremony, where they gave us certificates of attendance. We received the certificates, the famous Barcelos roosters, a shirt that has the Mobility Friends logo on it and we each took pictures of ourselves and the received gifts. They also made us a cake. On the cake, there was a Slovenian, an Estonian and a Czech flag, as they are also leaving tomorrow. After lunch, at about 2 PM a campus driver took us to Barcelos. First, we dropped Tia off at the clinic, because she had to get tested for Covid-19, as she needs the test result for the plane tomorrow. Then the driver took us to the train station in Barcelos. We bought tickets to Porto and at 4.30 PM we were in Porto. There we got a taxi to an aquarium Sea life Porto. We were walking through the aquarium until about 6 PM. When we got out, we witnessed a beautiful sunset. We then got on a bus to the center, went shopping and grabbed a slice of pizza. A taxi took us back to the campus and we were there by 9 PM. We packed a little bit for tomorrow and went to bed.
Trip to Barcelos
Today around 9 AM we went on another trip to Barcelos marketplace. The drivers dropped us off in front of it. Me, Laura and Nik went around and bought some things for ourselves and our family. We got ourselves some fruit and bread to eat and went around a little more. Because we had a lot of time left before meeting with others, we went to a park where we sat and talked for a little while. After we met with others we went back to the campus where they had a little celebration because it was St. Martin’s day. They offered us some roasted chestnuts. After that, we played some table football and table tennis. We were playing it until we had dinner at about 7 PM. After we ate everything we played some cards, but because we were tired we stopped playing and went to sleep quite early.
Second trip to Braga
We woke up, got dressed up, went to breakfast and after that drivers picked us up and drove us to work. It was our last day working, so we all finished what we had to do. At JF Macieira we got a folder, a sticker and a magazine of the village. When our work was done, we were picked up by drivers, said goodbye to the trainer in Macieira and drove to campus. Because we had nothing to do Laura and I decided to go to Braga city center with a taxi. We got there and wanted to go to the Braga tower but unfortunately, it was closed so we went to see the Garden of Santa Barbara with a castle. We got a little hungry so we went to eat some pancakes at a nearby coffee and snack bar. When we ate everything we went out and found a street where there were hanging umbrellas. After that, we called a taxi to go back to campus. Outside on a bench, we played some cards and when it got dark we went back in, took a shower and went to sleep.
Today we had our breakfast at 8:20 AM which is the best timing for it in my opinion because we can sleep quite long and have a lot of time to get ready for the day and after breakfast we still had some free time left before we went to work. This was the first time we had different timings to go in the vans that picked us up. Me and Laura had to go at 9 AM, Domen and Tia at 9:15 AM. When we arrived we continued the work which was described to us the days before. We had to copy information about a specific clothing piece from a website and paste it into a word document, then we had to edit it. A little after 12 PM it was lunchtime where we ate at our nearby restaurant. After this delicious meal, we still had slightly less than two hours of free time, so I went grocery shopping, while Laura went to the park. We finished our work as usual at 4 PM. Ten minutes after, the van driver picked us up and drove us back to the campus. We had some fun time playing games in our small living spaces. At 6:20 PM we had dinner, then after it, we still had some time to relax and watch movies before going to bed.
Start of the second week
We woke up at 8 and went on breakfast, and then had to get ready for work. Our van picked us up at 9 AM and we went to Macieira de Rates where our work was. After 2 hours of paperwork, we had lunch in a near restaurant. After lunch, we went with a local to see the rest of the village. When we arrived we went playing table football till dinner. After dinner, Nik asked me to help him do laundry since he was running out of clean clothing. The job was done quicker than I thought so we put away our clothes and start watching a Netflix series. We watch 2 series and then gather at the girls apartment where we play Remi. We had a long day after us so we decided to go to bed at 11 PM.
Trip to Braga
We woke up at around 8 AM, went to breakfast, and after that got ready because we went on a trip to Braga. We first stopped at a Guimarães Castle where the guide told us some things about it and went on a little hike around it. After the hike, we had some free time, so me and Laura went on a walk around town, to see a garden that was in the center. While we were walking we also stopped at some shops. When our free time was over we went to eat in a restaurant and after eating to the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte. We also had some free time to look around and after went down the stairs to where our bus was waiting for us. We drove off and had the chance to go shopping or to go to the center, so the four of us decided to do a little shopping. When we finished shopping they picked us up and went back to campus. We had our dinner and after eating me and Laura went on a little walk. After the walk we were quite tired so we went to shower and sleep.
Second trip to Porto
Our day started sightly before 8 AM when we woke up and got ready for breakfast which was at 8:20 AM. Immediately after we finished eating our breakfasts we brushed our teeth and went to wait for the bus that was heading to Porto. After slightly more than half an hour we arrived at one of the smaller bus stations there. At first, we had to follow our guide Maria which told us interesting things about the city. Then we went to try a glass of a local wine which tasted great to almost all of the students and professors from our campus, so some of them who were already 18 years old bought a bottle of it. Next, it was time for the boat trip. From there all the beauty from the areas around the Ribeira river were seen with the best possible view.
After the boat trip was over we headed towards the closest restaurant where we had campus-organized lunch which tasted great. And after we finished eating all of us were finally fully free to look around the Porto by ourselves. We already had some experience of this town from the first trip, so it was much less of a problem to move around to wanted locations for us. At 5 PM all of us met at the bus station from where the bus took us directly back to Mobility Friends campus. When we arrived, we did some free-time activities, ate our dinner and went to bed.
Domen and Nik
The last workday of the week and watching a membership football match
All of us had breakfast at 8 AM today. After we finished breakfast, we prepared for work which started at about 9:30 AM (at our companies). Meanwhile, we had a work break we went to buy food for the poor Portuguese families which counted as the entry ticket to the football match Between Gil Vicente FC from Barcelos and Arouca. Gil Vicente FC had a Slovenian in their starting squad so we were even more hyped to cheer them up at the stadium. We have called the taxi to pick us up about 45 minutes before the match started and finally at 7 PM we have awaited the kick-off whistle. The match ended with the resoult 1 – 1. After the match we waited for the arranged taxi which than drove us back to our Campus.
Second work day
We left the campus at about 9 AM after breakfast. Campus drivers took us to our companies, we drove there with 1 Spanish, 2 Polish and 2 Latvian students. The driver dropped us off in front of our company Servipoli. Servipoli is a workwear store. At the company, we continued the work we started yesterday. We had to add new information to the menu of the restaurant that the boss of the company is in charge of. Yesterday we also visited the restaurant. When we finished the menu we headed to lunch in a nearby restaurant. In Barcelos, there is a huge market set in the center of the city every Thursday. We decided to go and check it out because we were close. At the market, they had clothes, fruits, vegetables, souvenirs, purses, and many other stuff. We bought some fruit and went to see some more of the town center. Then we went back to Servipoli. There Barbara (the lady who works there) showed us and explained to us what she is working on. She was sorting out the receipts by checking them in the program that they use. At 4 PM a Mobility Friends driver picked us up and drove us back to the campus. Then we played some table tennis, watched some movies and went to bed.
Nik and Laura