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Lisbon summary.

So we are back from Lisbon since July 24th – But the last week was pretty packed, so that there was no timeslot to fit a quick resume of this trip.

Jeronimus Monestary Cloister To sum it up: Lisbon a city with flair and definitively wirth visiting! In contrast to cities like Rome or Barcelona, Lisbon is way more “relaxed” in terms of crowded streets or historic sites. People in Portugal seem to be very chilled – less stressy and busy. It seems that there is almost always time to sit down in one of the countless coffeehouses to celebrate drinking a bica, the portugese way of espresso. Oh, to stay at the topic coffee… Maybe its related to the closeness to Brasil – But the coffee is really good and very cheap. Even at the universities canteen you might get a better bica (for 40cents) than in most German top-class restaurants! In those two weeks down in Portugal, I got really used to have a bica after lunch and dinner (and in between, whenever there is some minutes off). To stay at the culinaric topic: Close to the Jeronimous Monestaray (depicted right), there is a nice patisserie, who sell Pastéis de Belém - Visit this bakery and get this specialty, which was first baked more than 100 years ago :)
Ok, lets get to the Lisbon trip. In Lisbon we definitively saw tourists, but they seemed to got overlayed by the many Portugese people. Especially at the beach of Costa Caparica, it was pretty hard to find someone, who was not Portugese! This created a very relaxed athmosphere. Maybe after watching all the pictures (The HPCEP course produced about 4.6GB of pictures…), there will be more topics for a further summary. But for now: If you are looking for a city in southern Europe to visit: Keep an eye on Lisbon!

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Electrico 28

Electrico 28 Yowhey some news from Lissabon. The last few days have been quite busy with the HPCEP course and so on. Actually most of the city is now discovered :) But day by day you find new things to enjoy. So we had a ride on the tourist attraction Electrico 28 – the famous tram in the oldest part of Lisbon. If you take it, it is like a rollecoaster ride! Up and down through small streets – sometimes you think it will hit the next house when it approaches a curve with full speed … When you come to Lisbon, I suggest you to catch the 28 at Martin Moniz and ride it to Baixa. You will have a nice ride around the Castle of Sao Jorge passing the Cathederal and Rua Augusta up to the Baixa. But be aware of pockets! Many thieves are around in the 28!
We also visited the famous Jeronimus Monestary – Especially its cloister is worth visiting!

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Exploring Lisbon

Sunset in Lisbon showing bridge of 25th april and christo reiSo the first days in Lisbon are over. The course is actually quite demanding – the name “intensive course” is 100% correct. Hours of interesting lectures and finally exploring the city. Currently the wetter is really nice, but during daytime, its hard to survive without air conditioning… Cause its like 35°C and quite high humindity. When it gets to dinner time, it gets really nice: No need to wear a pullover! Perfect weather to just drop into one of the countless street cafe’s or bars.
Yesterday we got the afternoon of, so my fellows from Erlangen and me decided to visit the famous Lissabon Oceanarium. The Oceanarium is located at the former Expo site located in the north-east of Lisbon. The site is easily reachable by metro. We were quite amazed, that the Lisbon Metro is so, lets say clean and well organized. Its just a 15 minute trip to get from Cais do Sodre (Ferry Terminal) to the other side of the city using Green and Red Line.

OceanariumThe Oceanarium was worth visiting. Actually the entrance fee is quite high (8 euro for students), but the big bassin in the middle of the Oceanarium “pays” back for it. Some very nice fish are in there: Most impressive is a large Manta Ray with about 2 meters wingspan. Also some school of white fish were in the. You could just sit down and relax… We spent there some time but afterwards we went to the closeby shopping mall “Vasco da Gama” in order to get some IceCream and drinks.

HPCEP beach time Cause of the weather we decided on wednesday to get to the beach, which is just 15 minutes away from university using the bus. Costa Caparica is supposed to be the “City beach” of Lissabon having nice sand and beach bars :) Although we arrived the quite late (like at 1800), it was warm enough to jump into the Atlantic Ocean with its refreshing surge. Later on we decided to skip the official dinner in Lisbon in order to drop into some beach bar having some wine and fish. Enjoying this great beach view and the nice meal (mussels and cod) we finally got back to the youth hostel…

Arrival in Lisbon

Bridge of 25th April at night. Seen from Almada Youth hostel Right now I’m on the Socrates course on High Pressure Chemical Engineering Processes in Lissabon, which lasts from July 8th til 23rd. Actually I’m pretty busy because of the schedule.
Weather is quite good but in the evenings it gets windy – combined with the air conditioning during daytime this is the perfect way to get a cold. And so I got one…
We are staying in a youth hostel in Almada, which is on the other side of river Tejo. So its about an 30 minute ride using bus and ferry. These bus drivers here seem to think of themselves as formula one drivers, which is correct to some extend, cause busses als have slicks.

While the trip to the city is time consuming, the ride to the campus is just 15 minutes. An additional 10 minutes will give us a ride to the beach (maybe, some afternoon, we will find some time to do that…).

Food here is actually very satisfying. The canteen is way better than the one in Erlangen and the dinners… Lets say it this way…. superb :) A lot of fish, vegetables and so on.
Bonsai beer glasses Yesterday we walked around in the bar district of Lisboa watching the world cup final and having some beer. The girls that had been out with us ordered a small beer. Yes, it was small. Looked like bonsai wheat beer glasses! Actually the “Sagres” beer is pretty good in taste – different but ok. Prices in Lisbon are ok. 2 euros per 0,4l of beer. Stuff related to coffee is ever cheaper. 80 cents is the common price for an espresso. Surprisingly after every meal you get a espresso without question. It’s just part of the meal. Time to start something linke this in Germany!

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