I ran the Boston Marathon on a Monday then hopped a plane the following Saturday to spend 5 beautiful days in Faro, Portugal. I absolutely LOVED it.
The reason for my trip: I was invited to present my materials chemistry research at an academic conference. I’ve had the privilege to present my work at 2 other conferences during my time in graduate school (Spain 2011 and Singapore 2012) and they’ve been such great learning and networking experiences.
Not to mention, the venues have been ridiculously cool/gorgeous. This was the view from my balcony:
Faro is right on the Atlantic Ocean and I enjoyed a few runs along the beach each morning before the conference.
I won’t bore you with conference photos, but I’m pretty proud of my poster so I asked someone to take this photo the day after my poster presentation (I wore a suit on the day of my presentation but the photo I asked a stranger to take turned out blurry. Fail.)
Each day sort of looked like this:
6AM: run along the beach/boardwalk
8AM: breakfast at the incredible hotel restaurant
9-11:30AM: conference presentations
12-2PM: lunch around the marina and/or beachin’ it up
2-6PM: conference presentations
6PM and on: dinner and free time
Since it stayed light ’till 8:30PM every night, I had plenty of time to explore the little beach town.
And the food? Ooooh, the food. So good. Portugese cuisine is diverse and I enjoyed everything from flatbread pizza to crepes to chana masala to Portugese tapas.
Portugal is famous for its port wine (no surprise there) and it was quite the treat enjoying a few proper glasses where I was there. I even brought home a bottle to enjoy later.
The last night of the conference, I paid a little extra to enjoy a boat ride along the coast. Totally worth it.
I had an absolute blast and I highly recommend Portugal (well, I was only in Faro; I would love to visit Lisbon) if you have the means to visit. It is gorgeous!
Directly following my time in Faro, I jetted up to Ireland for a 3-day weekend in Dublin with my girl friend, Fleur. Stay tuned for pictures from that trip next! (Spoiler: it was awesome)