Orlando To Miami – ROAD TRIPPIN’!!

We decided from the start of the holiday we were going to drive to Miami South Beach from Orlando as a convoy, two SUV cards both packed and ready to roll for the 5 hour journey! And it didn’t disappoint. Honestly I spent a majority of the journey wondering how the hell my parents knew where they were going. We did two initial stops, although there was a quick one because we got lost being adventurous.

162We’d been driving about an hour when we stopped for a toilet break and some breakfast,  Dunkin’ Doughnuts? Don’t mind if we do. The scenery hadn’t changed much; we could tell we were still in the depths of Orlando, but there was a lot less around as were were driving. Not as many buildings or places to stop and enjoy. So once we’d stopped at Dunkin’ Doughnuts and stocked up on munch and were satisfied, we were off on our road trip once again to the holy land.

A little further along the way more buildings and roads and cars generally appeared, which meant we were getting somewhere, and getting closer! We stopped for lunch on our journey to Miami at Palm Beach! I didn’t catch the name of restaurant we went to but we sat outside under a canopy and all 13 of us enjoyed a big lunch! Us younger ones went for a wander along the beach, there was a huge pier which I wish we’d had time to walk down. There were also countless volley ball pitches on the sand, which was awesome but I can’t play volley ball for love nor money. The food was lovely and it was a really good break in the journey as it was starting to get a bit tedious.

We got a little lost before we finally managed to make it to Miami. I could never have told you the route we followed but it involved looking at a lot of beautiful beachside houses that were impressively large. We had to make a stop to stretch the legs and figure out which way was the right way but we made it in the end!

I remember arriving in Miami and being absolutely lost for words. What a place is all I have to say. I would live in Miami if anyone gave me the chance because its hands down the place of my dreams. Beautiful beaches, houses, fast cars, better lifestyle, god If only.

One day hey! I’ll be writing about my experience in Miami from here on! These were some of my favourite experiences of the holiday!

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Portugal – Exploring & Getting loud in Lagos

Of course our main exploration place was the beach, and there wasn’t really much there, plus I have a whole post about the beach and surfing already so I won’t go on too much (No promises though). It was a pretty beach but SO BIG. The dunes behind went on for miles, we had to venture there to go to the toilet,  most the time it was scorching hot so we had to run on our tip toes, it was so funny sometimes trying to find some shade when there wasn’t any! We also usually ended up rolling around in the dunes, well, I did.

If you guys are interested in going on surf trip with these guys I’d sure as hell recommend it, you can visit their website www.studentsurftrip.com to find out more information!

IMG_3215There was a boardwalk before you got to the beach that split of in two directions, one down to the beach where you had to cross this little river of water that goes up the beach on high tides. The water was so clear and cool on your feet when carrying the boards through it, Sometimes it was hard with bags and towels though!

The other direction the boardwalk split off too lead you down to the edge of the cliffs where you can see over the entire beach, the view was beautiful and to get to it you also have to pass an opening in the cliffs where the water is coming up the rocks. You can feel the sea air and its all so fresh, was like being in a dream. I love the beach so much.

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Some days when we didn’t want to go surfing the option to stay at the lodge and just sunbathe by the pool was available.

I did this twice whilst I was out there, one because I was stupid and put my back out two days before the holiday and it was another days rest for it not to be painful. And the other because I wanted to get my TAN ON.

The pool area is huge and theres plenty of space, we spent a few evenings sat on the hammocks out there too. Its gorgeous in the evening when the sky is clear, we sat in the hammocks with bevs looking at the stars, and laughing hysterically.

On the last night we all stayed in at the lodge as our flights were early the next day. We had our food and drinks and there was live music too, At some point karaoke was on the cards and my friend Rachel sang her heart out and I got up and sang for a free cider. We all ended up getting very drunk that night as they had made us all pimms and other alcohol that was going around. It resulted in me, Abbie and a few others all dancing and singing on tables. I went to bed at 12pm. My taxi to the airport was at 5am. I was not fresh. I had so much fun!

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We had a very eventful night out when we went out in Lagos with the other university, it so much fun. We went to the Tavern and that was a lot of fun, I don’t know how it happened but we all ended up having shots poured straight into our mouths whilst we were laying on the pool table! Everyone was cheering and it was brilliant, this was IMG_3397.JPGapparently my initiation into being the Surf Societies new Social Secretary, and I did not hold back!

After the Tavern we went to the club I don’t have the name of, then we WERE going to go back to the Tavern, But things didn’t quite workout that way. This was easily the most eventful night in Portugal!

We’d all had a lot to drink and had been mingling with the other university, we were all merry and walking to the Tavern, I was with Abbie and Calum having a sing song. Next thing thats happening is I’m being picked up and thrown over my friends shoulder for fun, its great, he’s tall and he starts spinning around, its all hilarious right up until the last moment. Im not sure what happened but we went down and hit the ground. I was lucky enough to not hurt myself but unfortunately my friend hit his head (All the precautions for this were made don’t worry your socks off).

IMG_3541We ended up back at the lodge, my friend mad drunk with one of his uni mates, Abbie and myself came back too. Lets just say after this I ended up breaking my shoe in a mad rush to chase after my friend after he ran off drunk, after eventually putting him to bed Abbie and I sat around the pool and decided that we hadn’t done the ultimate yet.

Skinny Dipping in the Pool!

Everyone was still out and my friends were in their teepee, no one was around so we stripped off in our rooms and legged it with our towels, it was so funny, I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard. It was such a bizarre but wonderful night!

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We went out in Lagos on our first and last day, it was a really cute town, colourful and very easy to get lost in. The weather was beautiful when we first arrived apart from one day when it rained pretty much most of the day. We went to all these different clothes shops and classy english as we are settled for burger king for lunch on our first outing to Lagos.

I went with the girls the second time and we went to the supermarket and then over to the market on the harbour side. The market was the cutest, it was all these gazebos lined up along the harbour edge selling clothes and hareem trousers, big tapestry and all sorts of accessories.

I ended up buying almost 4 pairs of hareem pants, I only came away with 3 though. They’re so comfy and a regular necessity when I’m chilling out.

Portugal -Bevs are better when its over 25 degrees outside

We definitely had a fun time when we went out in Lagos, it made me realise how different clubbing is in Portugal than England. 

IMG_3530We started off at a restaurant called the Garden, It was a really pretty place, really funky seating and surroundings, we went to this place with the other uni we were sharing the lodge with and the instructors. It was the initial start to our night out. I bought a meat platter and my lord it was huge and tasted so nice. So good after a day of surfing. Then that was followed by an array of cocktails which were also really nice and got me royally drunk. It wasn’t too expensive, I think my platter was around €10-15 and I got a lot with it. Drinks weren’t poorly priced either!

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IMG_3388.jpgAfter the nicest meal at The Garden we headed over the a pub called The Tavern next door,
it was a really lively place as the night we went Portugal were playing football.

We headed through to a room at the back where everyone had congregated around a pool table and on some seats. After that it was drinks after shots after drinks and they weren’t small drinks either. Cocktails in huge big Stein glasses that were relatively cheap, around €5-6 and they were wonderful and got us very drunk very quick. The shots were cheap as well, and the alcohol was flowing for sure. the atmosphere was really great and everyone spoke good english, the staff were friendly too, they knew we were out for a good night!

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The place we went too after the tavern I didn’t catch the name off unfortunately but it was such a funky place, the music was really good and something I found different was that you could smoke inside! Obviously when in the UK you can’t smoke inside, so it was pretty enjoyable as a smoker to be able to do that. IMG_3401.JPG

The drinks were so good in there, they sold this drink called a HULK. lets define as these are the drinks that are cheap and get you mangled:

  • The Hulk: Absinthe Shot and energy drink Bomb
  • The REVERSE Hulk: A shot of energy drink and the mixer is Absinth bomb.

Lets just say, mistakes were made this night in terms of drinks. They were only €4-6 but they were so strong, easily the best drink for a night out.

There were also poles on the tables and on the dance floor, then through an arch there’s a pool table by the toilets, it was such a funky atmosphere and it was free entry too!

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IMG_3539.jpgThe prettiest place we went was the Rooftop Pool Bar. We went in the evening so the view wasn’t much but It would’ve been so much nicer in the day for sure. The best thing about it was the fact that they had a small pool!! So myself and Abbie sat poolside with our drinks  with our feet in the water. It was the coolest place we’d been to all night for sure.

The drinks were quite expensive, I think I paid €5 for a Corona. But it was totally worth it. I wish we had gone back in the day as it had sun-bed’s too, so Im assuming it was open in the day and that would’ve been really nice.

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Don’t forget to visit their website www.studentsurftrip.com if you guys are interested in heading over to Portugal! 

Portugal – SURFS UP!

We surfed on the beaches every day and it was such a huge gorgeous beach! Visit www.studentsurftrips.com for more info on these trips!

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When we got there everyday we would all work as a team to take the boards down to the water and set our base camp. The surf instructors back at the lodge had already put us in groups of our skills. I was in the beginner group because lets be honest I’ve never been that great at it. They would usually take us to two different beaches but the surf I believe was dead on the south coast but amazing on the west, so thats where we went, The beach was called Praia Da Borderia and it was beautiful (shout out to Paulina for telling me the name after I forgot!).

To get down to the beach we had to walk down a boardwalk, through where the sea on high tide cut off the boardwalk onto the beach, and then further down the beach to set up camp. IMG_3214They usually had a gazebo and then we’d set up and leave all our stuff around the Gazebo during the day. You had sunbathing time every day on the beach too which was always lovely.

They took each groups in the water for two sessions a day for two hours each session, although you could get out when you wanted and if you didn’t want to surf at all but still come to the beach you could! Or you could stay at the lodge if you didn’t fancy it which some days I really didn’t. So pool days were on the cards occasionally! They would show you how to do certain things before each session, you’d warm up and they would sometimes show you how to pop up again as its always a nice refresher. They also brought us food down to the beach for lunch! It would usually be salads, pastas and crisps and sandwiches, water too, it was all fresh and really nice after a surf session.

All the instructors are really nice, really good teachers and come on nights out with you when you go out in Lagos, they’re all up for a laugh which is always great!

I love surfing, I always ave, I don’t know how I got into it but I’m pretty sure it was through the love for my Beach lifeguarding job. Theres no surf where I live but joining the university surf society was easily the best choice I made! Surfing abroad is more challenging I think, it makes you more alert. Its amazing fun though and if you get the chance to surf anywhere you visit, take it.

There was a only a tiny little cafe on this huge beach, and there were not toilets which was always funny when 4 girls all ran off to pee in the dunes. The sea was also pretty chilly without your wetsuit on and the current was really strong in the water so we weren’t allowed to far out without some sort of supervision of the instructors.

It was a really beautiful beach, I don’t think I’ve ever been to a prettier beach and the swell was really good.

It was always so good to surf and I always came home covered in sea salt and with beach curls I never wanted to wash out, well and truly shattered and ready for bed. Its  my all time favourite feeling.  I love the beach too much.