When we were planning our seven day trip away to Lisbon, we were mindful of experiencing as much of the city as possible, as well as taking some days to relax at the beach. After doing a bit of research we decided on Cascais – a gorgeous beach village with the best ice-cream shop and so much character, from the cobbled streets to the clean, compact beaches (you can read about our day trip to Cascais here) and Costa da Caparica.
Cascais is just a forty minute train journey from the centre of Lisbon but offers a lovely retreat from the hustle and bustle of a city vacation. With glistening sea views, clean sandy beaches and a lively port, it’s a great day-trip destination which takes minimal effort to get to from Lisbon.
Sintra is a picturesque Portuguese town that is set in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains, near the capital, Lisbon. It is reputed as a place of royal sanctuary and is perhaps best known for it’s pine-covered, forested terrain, which is studded with pastel-colored villas and more notably, castle and palaces.
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One of the biggest attractions of working in a summer camp is the opportunity to travel afterwards. On the J-1 visa, you have up to one month to travel around America after your work placement ends and you have to return home (or continue your travels in another country). This is an incredible chance to see America with new found friends and tick a number of things off the ol’ bucket list.
Getting to and arriving at camp was one of the scariest, most nerve wracking and exciting parts of my first summer in America. My flight to Boston was the first flight I ever took by myself and it was the first time I’d been to another country without my parents. Being a nervous flyer, this was somewhat terrifying to say the least- especially given the length of time (three and a half months in a country I’d never been to) and not knowing anyone beforehand.
When I started university in 2012 (unbelievably six whole years ago) I was eager to spend my summers working in an American summer camp. I spent my first summer of university working in a hospital to save up enough money to afford a three and a half month adventure in the beautiful US of A the following summer. Once I’d saved up enough money, the scary part began. How do you know where to start? How do you actually get placed in a camp? How do you get a working visa?