Although we did not have a Thanksgiving Break, there were Holidays that fell conveniently in a row so that there were open days for a long trip without missing any class. Many people planned trips to places such as Germany, but I wanted to go somewhere closer and without a plane ride to eliminate the chances of Covid related issues. I also didn’t want to go on a very long trip considering that finals were that next week and I wanted to have plenty of buffer time to study. I settled on spending three days in Faro, Portugal. It was only about a three hour bus ride from Sevilla. Crossing the border to Portugal, officials stopped the bus and got on to check everyone’s Covid vaccinations and tests which was drastically different from my trip weeks ago to Lagos, Portugal. That trip our bus was not stopped at all and we drove right through.
Faro was a much smaller area than Lagos, much quieter and simpler. The first day I wandered around and explored the area, especially the main church and spending time by the waterfront or feeding pigeons while reading. There was a very large mall that I visited and spent a day walking around.
I stayed in a hostel which ended up being very cost efficient for two nights. I opted for a place in which I could have my own room instead of having a large room shared with other people, mostly for my own peace of mind to know that my things would be locked and secure. My only complaint was that the communal bathroom made it a bit inconvenient to have to lock my room anytime I had to go.