My day started by having breakfast with a Swedish woman in her late 50s. This woman was telling me about how she is backpacking for five months to escape winter. She had been going down the coast of Portugal and Spain and is thinking of heading to Brazil next. This woman and her stories were a complete inspiration to me. She had travelled all over the world, by herself, and at almost 60 years old is still comfortable backpacking, sleeping in hostels and going to countries like Brazil!
After having an intriguing conversation with her, I made my way to the bus station to catch a bus to Lagos (in the Algarve). It was 15 euros one way and takes roughly 3 hours to get there from Lisbon. I went with rede-espressos and it was extremely easy to get tickets. I bought mine online, but you can also just show up at the station and buy them the day of. Lagos is the Ios or Ibiza of Portugal. In the summer it’s a crazy-party-beach town full of backpackers, drugs, and wild times.
But as winter’s around the corner, it’s pretty quiet (in a good way). There are still lots of backpackers, but the beaches are pretty well deserted and everything is so much cheaper than it would be in the summer. I’m spending 8 euros a night for a hostel here and could easily eat for less than 15 euros a day if I stuck to grocery stores… but what’s the fun in that? Other than that there really aren’t any other expenses unless you are shopping or taking day trips, everything is within walking distance!
I ended up wandering around the town, grabbing a coffee, writing a bit, and then went for a delicious dinner by the port. After dinner, I brought a bottle of wine back to my hostel to share with the other backpackers living there. I ended up have a wicked night getting to know everyone and playing a how I met your mother drinking game. I wasn’t planning on going out at all here, but plans change. Two guys I met (one from Australia and one from England) convinced me to get a few drinks with them. I ended up having an awesome time and am so glad they got me out!