Saturday, February 27, Sunday, February 28, and Monday, February 29
I did not know what to expect in Lisbon. It is no one's first choice in Europe. But, I quickly realized it was a hidden treasure. The tourist factoid I found most interesting was Lisbon's similarity to San Fransisco. First, the city's hills require a system of street trolleys, or "trams" and lifts. Second, the famous "April 25th" bridge is a copy of the Golden Gate Bridge, which straddles the harbor. And third, Lisbon and San Fransisco are the principal western ports of their respective continents.
After our stops in Sintra and Cascais, we arrived at our hostel in Lisbon: the Kitsch Hostel. Although my first hostel experience in Granada was nice, I realized that this is what hostels are all about. If a group of students were to brainstorm the perfect hostel together, the Kitsch Hostel would be the result. It provided a kitchen for preparing meals, a lobby for meeting international students, free internet-access, a refrigerator for keeping your food, and a wonderful staff full of suggestions for the best Lisbon experience. On top of that, it was located in one of Lisbon's main plazas. I hope my future hostel experiences are like this one.