MUST DO – SURFING IN PORTUGAL

Got a couple of questions after posting about surfing on Instagram so I thought I’d make a post! Granted, I was definitely not the person who discovered this (thank you Alex, Emily W, Emily C, and Callie for the suggestion and Monisha for booking for us!!!) so I’m just here to relay the message so that all humans on earth can enjoy approximately $20CAN (it’s actually 15 euros) worth of 2 hours of surf rentals and lessons!!! (If you know something better and you’re hiding it from the world – I hate you.)

PS. Surfing in Tofino (Canada) is about $100 for the exact same thing so yes, this is a big deal.

HOW AND WHERE TO BOOK

Click here to Cascais Surf School & Camp’s website to see their rates and follow their instructions (in other words simply send them an email and see when they’re available!). I also realized after visiting the page that we got our rates even cheaper because we were students on exchange (#Erasmus LOL) but it’s cheap nonetheless!!

Not to boost their ego but they also have a 5 star rating on tripadvisor so…

WHERE IT IS…

The beach itself is not in Lisbon exactly – you have to train your ass to the beach. I’ve even left a few instructions:

#1 – Get from wherever you are (Airbnb, Hostel, Hotel, the street, the bush, etc) to the station: Cais do Sodré 

tip: I would Uber there because Ubers in Lisbon are dirt cheap especially if you split with people. If not, WALK. It’s a nice scenery (not that I would know with all the Ubers but from what I’ve seen around and heard from other people…) and plus the city is not that big!

#2 – Buy a round-trip train ticket to Carcavelos (unless they’ve changed the destination, but this is where we were told to go)

From there, the beach is about a 5 minute walk!

OVERALL EXPERIENCE

Instructors were absolutely amazing (as you can see from their trip advisor review). They were extremely helpful and they don’t give up on you – EVEN IF YOU’RE GIVING UP ON YOURSELF LOL. They also learn your name within the first 5 minutes and they say it with their cute Portuguese accents (Liiiizaaaa!!!!). Which also means that if you screw up they yell your name in the middle of the ocean #NoLie #ButInACuteAndFunnyWay.

eg. *me trying to hop on my surfboard*
“NOOOO LIZZZAAAAAAA, THERE ARE PEOPLE IN FRONT OF YOU”

It was really fun (how basic can that statement be) – definitely lots of work but so worth it! 1000/1000 would recommend to friend. And non-friends.

post surfing sangria!! ❤
“Gourmet burger” with out the bread and an egg?? #portugesestyle LOL

FAQ (that I made up by myself so who knows)

ISN’T IT COLD?

Yes m’dear. The water is cold especially if you’re not going in the middle of summer in 30 degree weather. But have no fear, wet suits are here!! No lie, these wet suits will keep you so warm that you won’t even notice the coldness of the water.

ISN’T IT TIRING?

Also a yes. The three of us were sore for two days afterwards. One of us was sore all over, one of us was sore upper body, and the other one was sore just in the shoulders (not pointing at who is who ;D). So it really depends on who you are but don’t underestimate the work out that this gives you!

WHAT TO WEAR/BRING

Wear your bathing suit underneath already. Do not think to change into your bathing suit because the minute you get to that parking lot they already have wet suits and surfboards ready for you.

Bring:

  • flip flops
  • towel
  • SUNSCREEN
  • Hair tie (I was originally going to say for girls but with all the man-buns these days who knows)
  • GREAT ATTITUDE 😀 (I sound like a mother)

That’s about it, folks!

Hope y’all have a great time surfing in Portugal like we did!!!!

Love,

Lisa

Annabelle

HAPPY ALMOST HALLOWEEN!!! 🙂

… not like I have anything to be excited about because I have an exam on Nov. 1. First of all, who in the world makes an exam on a Saturday?! Second of all, why would you make it during (mini) reading break?! And lastly, DO YOU NOT CARE ABOUT HALLOWEEN?! CANDY?! COSTUMES THAT BARELY COVER ANYTHING?!??!!?! LIFE?!?!?!?!??!?!?! So thanks to my exam, I probably won’t go out… #WhoAmIKidding #IHaveToGoGetFreeCandy #FreeDrinks #LetsSeeHowMuchIGetDone

#DOUBLEYOUTEEEFF

Speaking of Halloween, I got dragged to watch Annabelle the other day. I wanted to watch Gone Girl but noooooooooooo, since my friend’s seen it already, we just had to watch Annabelle. More like I “watched” Annabelle because the entire time I was like the girl on the left:

The movie was the scariest thing I’ve ever seen in my entire life besides my own face in the morning when I don’t get enough sleep #DramaQueenHour. And I didn’t even watch most of it. But the part I did watch scared the crap out of me to the point that I didn’t want to leave my bedroom in the middle of the night to pee because I was scared Annabelle was waiting for me outside #YouNeverKnow. I swear I’ve been hearing music playing (and my roommate’s been hearing humming which is even scarier #WTF) outside randomly in the last couple of days and I promise you that it’s Annabelle. Despite losing sleep and looking over my shoulders every few seconds, I thought it was pretty worth it watching in the theatres. I think there’s just something about watching a scary movie with a bunch of other people that makes it a bit more bearable. At one point I legit thought I had to leave because I couldn’t take it anymore but people started to laugh at how ugly Annabelle is so it made it ten times better to continue watching the hideous beast haunt everyone.

(I wanted to insert a picture of Annabelle but I don’t want that image haunting this blog so you’re just gonna have to google it on your own #OrWatchTheMovie #AndLoseSleep)

ANYWAY, on a much more positive note, ever since torturing myself by watching Annabelle, I’ve been trying to stay happy by watching funny videos/reading funny posts. Before I share the funniest thing I’ve come across this week, I just gotta say that my roommate Michelle advised me not to share this on my blog because she thinks that I’m gonna lose friends readers… but… … (you know what I’m gonna say… ) #YOLO (and there it is). Without further ado (btw it’s ado nawt adieu #GrammarLessonOfTheDay #LisasPetPeeveOfTheDay)… I present to you the post (more like the comment) that made my entire week life.

okay wait I know I said without further ado but I’m getting a bit self-conscious sharing this now because half the people I showed already didn’t think it was that funny but if you also thought it was also very funny please let me know so we can be friends (or even better friends).

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That. Comment. Was. Gold.

It made me laugh so hard to the point that Michelle thought I stopped laughing but really I was just gasping for air. Shoutout to the 75 other people who thought this was hilarious (we can all be friends). Honestly, one of the most underrated comments in the history of humans #DramaQueenHour.

If you also thought that was the best thing you’ve ever seen in your life don’t forget to let me know so I can rub it in Michelle’s face 😉 #Thanks

Love,
Lisa

PS. Shoutout to Kevin who really motivated me to post ASAP no matter how random my topics can get 🙂

Hello, 2nd/3rd Year!

HI!!!!

I’m back! #YAY #ForSome. My blog is probably the closest thing I’ve come to love in the past 1/2 year so the fact that I didn’t write in it for the past month(s?) feels almost like abandoning my only boyfriend #DramaQueenHour #NotLikeIWouldHave2BoyfriendsAtOnce #ButStill #LetsWorryAboutGettingJustOnePlease.

Since it’s been so long since I’ve posted and the trees are turning colour now, please forgive me if I’m a little rusty #WhoGotThat. The reason why I stopped posting in the first place was because my family and I went on a few getaWEIS to Florida and the Caribbean before my brother and I headed back to school. Since the internet on the cruise costs the equivalent of a brand new iPhone 6 (not even an understatement…), I decided to postpone blogging.

(preview of what the next #FBF post would be 😉 #StayTuned)

After weeks of pigging out and tanning in Saint Martin’s, I headed back to London where I was welcomed by school work and a new job. I feel like those two things alone basically explain why I’ve been so MIA lately – working 15 hours on top of a full course load ain’t easy (for me, anyway. I don’t know how some of the girls at work do it #WonderWomen #AndThenTheresMe).

Other than that, I’ve been enjoying 2nd/3rd year so far! #HopefullyIDidntJustCurseMyself – Side note: I never know how to respond when people ask me what year I’m in because I don’t even know myself… I mean, technically this is my third year in university but this is actually only my second year here… #Awks. What I’ve actually been doing is asking them what year THEY’RE in and whatever is closest I say that.

eg.

Me: Oh cool! What year are you in?
Him/Her: Second
Me: OMG SAMEEEEEEEEE!!!

or

Me: What year are you in?
Him/Her: 4th, what about you?
Me: 3rd!!! 🙂

Maybe I shouldn’t have posted that on my blog because now I’ve exposed all my secrets… #OhWell

The past month has been quite eventful to say the least:

1. ATTENDED MY FIRST BLOCK PARTY

Hello again, Martin Garrix!

2. DYED MY HAIR – THANKS CINDY

While most of us spent our childhoods watching Disney movies, my girl Cindy spent most of her childhood watching YouTube tutorials on how to do hair. I guess it pays off because LOOK AT MY HAIR THAT WAS DONE BY HER – #HairGenius

(PS. I’m totally going to force her to watch HSM and all her Disney movies from now – obviously #WhatDidYouExpect #ItsForHerOwnGood)

3. WENT TO MY FIRST HOMECOMING

… even though I left early to go to work #Why

4. REUNITED WITH MY CAISA FAMILY

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Annual “first CAISA Bar Night” Picture:

2013:

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2014:

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5. ADOPTED TWO BABIES

This year, CAISA’s Media & Marketing adopted two new babies!!!!

BEFORE:

Got our adoption papers ready

AFTER:

WELCOME TO THE FAMILY ❤

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Meet Josh & Jason – the addition to our super lovely family

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I’m sorry that I suck at flip cup

That’s all from me for now!

Talk to you all soon – (“soon”)  #JK #CantAbandonMyOnlyBoyfriendThatIsntEvenHumanButABlog

Love,
Lisa

Long Time No Celebs

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Finally had the chance to go to Celebs (aka Celebrities Night Club – but that’s way to long to say in a casual conversation) on Tuesday #Yay. Actually, the truth is, it’s not that I finally “had the chance” (seeing that I always have Wednesdays off) but it’s more like “I finally had the guts to go back to Celebs”. The last time I was there, Victor was visiting from Toronto and … yeah that’s about all I can tell you because I don’t remember a thing #DamnitLisa.

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Remember that night? #BecauseIDont

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