Back in Time - Roman Ruins in Conimbriga

 Olá! Guess who's back, back again...Yes, it's me! You're probably asking: "Where were you for such a long time?" I'm gonna tell you. Travelling around Spain! It's true, I promise. And I think I owe you a lot of photos from amazing places. But today I have to go back in time, before I went to Spain, me and my friends went to Conimbriga. Roman ruins near Coimbra - my Erasmus city. It was incredible, you see all those things and you think: "Just how...? How did they do that?" I've never seen something like this in my life. 

You can walk through the ruins almost as you like, so you can feel the atmosphere and imagine that you really went back in time. You can even imagine people swimming in the pool or enjoying hot baths, walking on the former streets...I know my imagination is pretty big. 

Everywhere there are signs with description in also English, so you don't have to worry about not understanding what the signs say. I can tell you, even though I'm trying to learn Portuguese, it is very hard sometimes to understand. And after one week in Spain where I spoke in Spanish (and English of course), I have to learn everything all over again...

And now to the part that interests you the most I think. The price. The ticket costs 3 € for the ruins plus the museum. I can tell you, it's definitely worth it. If you want to know more, here is the link for the FAQ of the official website.

And if you don't want to pay, there is beautiful nature. Perfect for running, hiking and long walks. However, I advise you to go inside and enjoy the beauty. In the museum I also found the devil (as you can see on one of the photos below) and tried to recall something from my Latin classes, when I wanted to translate what was written on the stones. 

Conimbriga is wonderful place, where you can relax and learn new things from human history, and trust me, I always say yes to this!





The City of the Dead

Olá! I think it's time for a little bit darker topic. Cemetery. To be exact - Cemitério da Conchada. Oh yeah! When me and my two Erasmus girlfriends told to our roomies, that we want to go on a trip to the cemetery, they laughed, but, trust me, there is nothing to laugh about. (I know you're reading guys.) For me visiting a cemetery means a way of getting to know the history and also the culture of the city/country.

The place is beautiful. Not only because of the surroundings. The first thing that hits you is houses.  Not normal ones. I mean little houses for dead people. It is morbid, creepy and stunning at the same time. The architecture is incredible. Every detail is perfect. Inside of them you can see coffins covered with (mostly) white cloth. 

It reminds me of the cemetery from 'The Originals'. (Yes, I still watch this TV show and now I 'm blushing because I told you...) Place for crazy rituals, dark magic, witchcraft and many revivals from death. The energy of this place is honestly crazy! 

The oldest grave we've found is from the year 1860. I mean, that's not that old but still it's pretty something. In the cemetery you can also find new graves and also house with three floors of shelves filled with coffins. Mental. 

I promise you guys, that next time the topic will be more positive. Still I think that if you're ever in Coimbra, this is one of the best places to visit. 

Bonus photos of Coimbra:



Rainy Day in Leiria

Before I went to Portugal, I didn't know that there exists such place as Leiria. But my roommates knew. It was a little bit spontaneous trip (and also my first one here) however, I'm glad I went, even though it was raining for the most of the trip. 

We went on Sunday morning, so the city was a ghost town. Closed stores, restaurants, only some cafeterias were opened. We chose one of them on the main square and drank coffee while watching the world go by. You know what they say: "Don't talk to me until I've had my coffee." And also, that day was raining. A lot. You can see how dark and grey the sky was in the pictures.

In Leiria you can find many churches. You can see crosses and steeples everywhere. The one we've seen is called Sé de Leiria.

The most interesting thing in this beautiful city is definitely Castelo de Leiria. I love castles. When I was writing the name of this post my fingers were itching to write "Castle On the Hill" (maybe that's because I'm obsessed with the Ed Sheeran's new album)

You can climb up the castle and pretend that you're still a kid. The space is open and you can go everywhere. For entrance you have to pay something around 1€, but I think that is more than ok for such a beautiful place. By the way, the view is incredible. Especially from the tower and balcony. I added pictures of everything below this text. The balcony is the best place to sit and enjoy the view. 

Totally soaked we got back to the city, mainly because we were hungry, bought some food and sat by the river. It wasn't raining anymore and sun somehow managed to dry most of the benches. The specific area around the river is called Parque Municipal de Leiria - the best place for sport activities in this city. It includes skate park for those, who are interested, and playground for kids. For me it would be the perfect place for running.

After that we went home. Next time I am in Leiria, I need to visit more churches and I'm definitely going, when the weather is better.