Friday, February 3, 2012

in 1511, they conquered us.

so, yeah Portugal! In 1511  Alfonso de Albuquerque came to Melaka and built A Famosa . we went to Portugal for 8 days because .... you know...we want to deepen our knowledge about our first  penjajah. seriously???? nayyy! we went there for a gateway. and christiano ronaldo too. hikhikhik

yes,Adriana aku tulis ini semua untuk kau.

first and second counties : Faro and Lagos.

for this trip, we decided to rent a car. andddd guess what, that was the best decision ever!

the owner  upgraded our room to a suite with a private bathroom and nicer view because we'r just that awesome. ok, tipu. owner hostel ini yang awesome. he's a Malaysian who migrated to Portugal and opened this  awesome hostel. 18 euro per night. not bad huh?

arif at the rooftop which was kinda bersambung dengan bilik kitorang (the girls). so, 18 euro for the rooftop,private bathroom,kitchen ,nice view and  wi-fi. berbaloi.
*credit to syamim*
 a fishing village.

seafood and fruits market.

sunset. aku pun tak tahu kenapa aku kena mencangkung. really.

*credit to syamim's camera* 

and the next day, we went to Lagos. it is another county in Portugal. 3 hours away by car from our hostel.

at Castelo dos Governadores, Lagos.

abang gergasi

"syamim, i feel small when i'm standing next to this thing."
"it is not because of him, it is you! you are small."


we didn't find the castle.irony.

Campa Meia. the most beautiful beach i've ever been to. i'm not exaggerating. with flowers, blue water, clear sky,birds. ahh, i don't mind to go to Portugal again just for this beach.

from syamim's camera. kualiti gambar terus berubah.oh dslr!

people wrote their names on this stone to declare their love for their partners and i just don't understand why. 

"do you really have to look up like that?babe,is that your most fashionable pose?really?" 

at Sagres,Faro.

lighthouse Sagres.

for dinner,

traditional Portugese dish, Seafood Cataplanar. 5.50 euro per person. since we rarely have fresh seafood in Dublin, so 5.50 euro for this was really worthwhile.

check out. that's mr.Jeff, the owner.

we went to the fruit market just before we headed to Lisbon
0.50 euro per kg. cheap,no?

third county : Lisbon (capital city of Portugal)
ala-ala jambatan Pulau Pinang.

check in at Go Hostel, Lisbon. another nice hostel.

Balem tower

inside the tower.

because they just love the Korean pose. 

like a boss. rasa kaya. padahal kopi tu 1 euro je.heh.

just focus to the monument behind us. monumen kapal yang jajah Melaka.

arif loves to surprise himself.

Jeronimos Monastery.

one thing i love about Europe is the dessert. luckily, the first thing we were told about Balem was this dessert, Pasteis de Balem. Everytime we asked the people at the hostel about this dessert, they said, " it's AMAZING!" i don't know how to describe how it tasted like but like Syamim said after we ate, "life is now complete." so good!

and of course, Hard Rock Cafe for the t-shirt collection.

Palacio de Pena on the top of Sintra hill. one of the seven wonders of Portugal. 
like a king.

we were not allowed to take pictures inside the castle. tak banyak beza pun dengan istana-istana eropah yang lain.

The Pena Park.

back to Lisbon city. Santa Justa Lift.
Convento do Carmo. it used to be a church but after the earthquakes in 1755, the roof and most of the upper structures damaged.

just before we left Lisbon, we went to this stadium of Lisbon Sporting Club.

fourth county: Porto

check in. the best hostel ever.ever!


makan hati Marc Jacob. pasar tani je depan boutique beliau. everything was so cheap or is it because we are from Dublin which everything is so expensive? haih..Dublin..

the trem.

this is how McD in Porto looks like.

cruise on Douro river.

sunset at one of the beaches in Porto.

Majestic Cafe.

and the next day, we returned the car and went back to Faro by train and flew back to Dublin.

the temperature in Portugal was around 17 degrees Celsius. as we touched down in Dublin, the temperature was around -2 and it was raining. and that was how Dublin welcomed us. but still.. Dublin is home.

that was it. alhamdulillah, i would say it was a perfect gateway. now, i should face the reality. starting from next week, i would be in hospital for lectures, bedside teachings and no more cadavers but real patients.

p.s: hari Ahad hari merisik. Ya Allah, permudahkan segalanya. 

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