The only word I can use to describe how my day was is sensational. My day was unbelievably perfect. Trust me, yours would be too if you spent it in the sun with views like these:
I got home just after 3am last night and woke bright and early with the rest of the girls in my dorm at 8am. Not being able to fall back asleep, I made the smart and possibly still drunk decision to get a start on my day and go for a hike. I packed my backpack and headed off, not bothering to wait for a shower or clean the old makeup off of my face – I looked absolutely beautiful.
I walking along the cliffs near Lagos, stopping at different beaches. I wandered down different paths, absolutely stunned by the incredible and magical views. It took about 45 minutes to reach the lighthouse at the end of the trek where I enjoyed a coffee and much deserved french fries. It was just past noon and the random burst of energy I had was starting to fade. I headed back to my hostel, SHOWERED, sat on the balcony, read, and then took a nap.
It was a perfect afternoon and when I woke up at 3:30 I felt ready to do it all again, literally. I hiked the same way and ended up at the same lighthouse. I just really wanted to be there for the sunset, and I’m glad I went back because it was magical. There is literally no other word for it other than magical. I was all by myself in these beautiful cliffs, my feet dangling 100 ft over the ocean where the waves were crashing into the rocks- so loudly it sounded like canons. The water was white below as the waves collided into one another between the caves. Dolphins were jumping in and out of the water a few miles into the ocean. The sun was slowly setting but it was still high enough in the sky to still warming my face, and my soul. I felt at peace, calm, and happy. It was one of the most beautiful moments of my life.
As I was walking home, in complete bliss, a guy walks by me with a Canadian flag attached to his bag. Naturally, I stop him and we get to talking. Okay, this is how small the world is: Two other girls and himself are backpacking through Portugal this week and are also from Ontario, Canada. They go to Brock University, and just so happen to also be spending a semester in Lyon, France. We will most definitely be meeting up again in France. I love this world, and the people in it. I was even more happy (didn’t think it was possible after my sunset experience) as I walk back to Lagos, after meeting those three Canadians also living in France. I decided to go out to eat at one of the many restaurants in the city. I had peri-peri chicken and washed it down with cider. Literally, the best way to end one of the the best days.