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Pictures from Sintra

My theory: The Pena Palace is what happens when you don’t give kids legos.

Basically castles and palaces are pretty cool, especially when they’re colorful.

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Quick study break…

Progress. I’m making progress, very slowly but surely. I spent today adding citations and editing my first draft of my anthro paper. Never again will I write something first and add citations later. I’ve learned my lesson — this is a major pain, especially since I have 12 sources I’m using, 90(ish) pages of notes, and (a goal of) 25 pages of text. Too much.

But I’m making my way through. I’m still on the first draft because last week I was focusing on my final exam for anthro (worth 40%, was 10 pages long including a 2 page works cited). This paper, though it’s 25 pages and has been the dark cloud hanging over this class/my academic life here, is only worth maybe 20%.

Fortunately, my weekend has not *just* been work. Yesterday, I went to Sintra, which is a town 30 minutes from Lisbon by train that used to be the “playground of the rich.” I had been there once at the very beginning of the semester (actually, on my birthday) with all of CIEE, but I hadn’t gotten to see the things I wanted to. Yesterday, I went with a friend who also wanted to get some last minute culture in and we saw both a multi-colored place and a Medieval Moorish castle. All in all, it was a pretty sweet day. I took lots of pictures of course, but I haven’t uploaded them yet.

I did a tiny bit of work and then went to a movie with some friends and we have *officially* made plans to see Tangled on Thursday when it comes out here. If it’s already out in the US and you’ve seen it, don’t spoil it. Actually, I’m seeing it in Portuguese so that might help.

Speaking of Portuguese…on Friday I saw one of my cousins from the Azores. She was in Lisbon for work and we had lunch together. It was nice to see her, a good lunch, etc. I also unfortunately had 3 class on Friday. In my language class, we literally spent the entire two hours reading, going over, talking about, and writing responses to a text (in Portuguese) about tardiness. To say the class as a whole sometimes has a problem with tardiness would be an understatement. I, of course, am perfect (no really…I haven’t even missed a class yet).

And for dinner 11 of us went to an all you can eat sushi place, which was surprisingly good.

That was my weekend backwards. And now I should get back to work because I have lots to do still.

PS: according to my TeuxDeux list, I have to start packing tomorrow. Tomorrow! So soon and so many other things to do!

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Sintra Pictures

Sintra’s so beautiful. You must go there if you come to Portugal. We were only there for about 3 hours on Tuesday and I took 400 pictures. 400. Wow. Granted, most of them are terrible and blurry, but still that’s a lot even for me.

Lucky for you, I was good and am only posting a few pictures (relatively).

Sintra…

  • Is crazy beautiful (as you will see by these pictures)
  • Has some really cool places to live (if you have a couple million [or billion] extra € lying around)
  • Is really adorable and everything you want from a European village
  • Has a wonderful pastelaria (get the travessaros there)
  • Has a bunch of palaces and castles

Basically, I have to go back there at least one more time, especially since there’s this place called the Palacio de Pena…a brightly colored palace.

Tomorrow’s the excursão to Porto, which I should actually pack for. We’ll arrive tomorrow and return to Lisbon on Sunday. All I know really is that there will be a concert, a train ride, touristy things, and an afternoon off. In other words, many more pictures to come.

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