took bus 28 to Jardim Botanico da Ajuda. we had to walk uphill for a bit. it’s the oldest botanical garden in the country. there were a lot of peacocks around.
oh we also passed by el Palacio Nacional de Belem which is where the president of Portugal resides. i found it odd that it was a pink building.
we eventually found our way to el Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.
after lunch, we went the Discoveries Monument (Padrao dos Descobrimentos) which is on the northbank of the Tagus River. the view was amazing. i was so mesmerized by it. it was absolutely beautiful!!!!
saw the Cristo Rei (the Christ the King) statue, 25 de Abril Bridge and the Belenenses Stadium off in the distance
next we walked over to el Torre de Belem
You MUST try Pasteis de Nata if and when you go to Portugal. it’s a flaky egg pastry that you eat with cinnamon and powdered sugar. if you get one, you should definitely go to the original Pasteis de Belem. yum!
after the bus back towards the hostel, a few of us went to an Irish pub. we watched the Liverpool v. Bolton game and had some Guinness.
a couple of us went out to dinner at a restaurant called O Fernando! i ordered bacalhau (cod) with potatoes which is a popular Portuguese dish. it was pretty good but it was super salty “/
i tried Jinja, a sour-cherry liqueur, at the hostel. it wasn’t what i expected. i wish i got to try it with chocolate though. afterwards, we went out to a Cuban bar and then called it a night.