Remember, a little bit more than two weeks ago we moved to the Netherlands to work for few months there and save money? And now we are in Portugal? Yes, that’s exactly how it is. We went to Amsterdam. Actually we went to Rotterdam first. We had enough time and so we decided to see one new for us city.
That far everything went well. Until we got to our apartment in Amsterdam, which wasn’t really as we thought it will be. It was very dirty. As our roommate said, just a day ago there were still 6 people living. In 1 bedroom apartment. But, ok, they were away now and now there would be only 3 of us, at least that’s what we heard from our boss.
But the thing is – our hotel job sucked even more. So after the second day we quit our job in Amsterdam.
6 days later we arrived to Lisbon, capital of Portugal. As we were joking later (because first days after quitting the job were quite stressful, spent thinking about what to do next and if to stay in Holland) – it was our version of “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”
So when your job in Amsterdam is bad, you move to Portugal. Because you have always wanted to live in Portugal for some longer time and you can get there for under 50 euro. And you have friends there, who say – yes, buy that ticket, come to us and then you will figure out what to do next.
Now it’s our 7th day in Portugal. But if feels like we have been here for several weeks.
We both have been writing quite a lot. Both for WeAreFromLatvia.com and for other sites. We have been searching for a job here. It looks like we will have one few week pear picking job. Fingers crossed! Now just waiting for pears to be ripe. Should be in few days time. So it could be next week. Portuguese will not start the work during the weekend anyway, ha.
We have been to ocean twice. We have watched a sunset from the cliffs. And we finally saw cliffs like we imagined cliffs to be in Portugal. I’m sure, we will see them more soon. I swam in the ocean yesterday. It was like swimming in Goa, only water here was like some 15 degrees colder. It was very, very cold. But fun, nevertheless. I wouldn’t go in if not for the waves. We have been to few small towns in central Portugal and have seen some cool sights. We have met interesting people. We have eaten tasty food and drank new for us drinks.
And most of it was possible because of our friends. Because of people whom we met in Goa this year and with whom we stayed in the same hotel for several weeks. They are musicians. And so we have been to two live performances of their band as well.
Do speak with strangers! You may become good friends!
And remember – When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
P.S. If you have ideas, where we could find some short term job in Portugal, preferably central Portugal, we would be happy to hear them.
Author: Kaspars Misins
Kaspars is a long term traveler and a travel blogger from Latvia. He loves going on long walks, reading non fiction books and spending time outdoors. Together with his girlfriend Una they have been traveling – volunteering – working abroad since 2013. On We Are From Latvia they share their experience and things learned along the way.