As soon as wet got to the city, we wanted to walk along its elegant neighbourhoods and narrow streets and visit the area of “la Ribera” . Oporto is a nostalgic city that still keeps traditions alive. We have enjoyed the cuisine such as the famous “francesinhas”.
Sunny days are quite suitable to go for a walk along the beach in Matosinhos, which is near the harbour, and to eat in the restaurants the well- known grilled fish.
We live in a residential area, and near our house, it is the “Parque da Cidade” which gives access to the beach. It is a large green area, great for leisure activities and walks. The Portuguese are very friendly and hospitable, ready to help you at any time. The language at the beginning was a small obstacle tha we’ve been overcoming over time learning new words and expressions every day. The start at school was rather hard as we didn´t know neither the place nor the methodology applied in the lessons…
The ESAD works in a different way from the school of art in Burgos. A Bohemian atmosphere is all around and, in some lessons, several studies such as graphics and product are mixed .
We are very happy to be able to expand our knowledge with subjects such as stamping, expressive drawing and illustration. At the end of the month of March, the “Portugal Fashion” is held in Porto, we had the opportunity to attend the designer Carlos Gil catwalk and to know the space Bloom for young designers .
We have passed the midpoint of our stay, each day we try to make the most of every moment and not miss anything from the city. We want to visit other cities such as Aveiro, Lisbon and Braga. Both the Leonardo and Erasmus scholarships are unique experiences for cultural learning, expanding knowledge and they provide the opportunity to socialize with people from other countries, what can end up in friendship.
By Tamara Villa del Hoyo and Enma Sancho Arnáiz