Finding That Silver Lining

Not everything will go as planned, especially when you travel. Spur of the moment backup plans can be more than necessary, and one must always remember the Spanish motto: “no pasa nada.”

On a small group trip to Portugal, the hostel accidentally got booked for the wrong night, so we showed up with no place to stay for our first night. Luckily the guy at the hostel, which we had booked for the next night, was very understanding and recommended another hostel around the corner for us to stay because they were all booked for the night.

Throughout the weekend we enjoyed typical foods to the city and a free walking tour hosted by our hostel. It was a great way to meet new friends from all around the world. There were so many friendly people in our hostel, and it really helped make the experience.  Everybody seemed to have that “no pasa nada” attitude and just wanted to enjoy their time there.  The food was absolutely delicious! We all loved the Francesinha, a typical sandwich to the area, and just about every restaurant had their own, so we really got to see which ones were the best. We were walking everywhere, so we quickly built up our appetites for Portuguese food.

We were all so sad to leave the hostel and our new friends, but when we got to the bus station, we had just missed our bus because we all misread the ticket. It was the only bus to Spain for the day, and we were left at the bus station until the next day, with nothing to do or say but “no pasa nada” and that we’d catch the bus the next day. Luckily, we were able to change our tickets without any other fees.  It worked out that we had the next day off, so we just got to enjoy an extra day in Porto.

All in all, it was a fun weekend with only a few bumps to get around. Traveling is really what you make of it, you can let the minor problems ruin your trip, or you can let them become a great story and remember, no pasa nada. We all learned to re-read the ticket, and how to make the best out of the situation at hand.

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Rynne O’Connor is a student at St. Michael’s College and an official API Student Blogger. Rynne is studying abroad with API in Salamanca, Spain.

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