A few weeks ago, I was invited to help Microsoft recruit at ETH, a prestigious STEM university in Zurich. Switzerland is one of my favorite European countries, so of course I agreed to participate.
Tyler and I had visited Zurich a few years ago on our first Eurotrip and actually didn’t really like it compared to the other places we visited (Lauterbrunnen or Lucerne). We found the city to be too much of a “banker” town with ridiculously expensive entertainment and restaurant options.
However, thanks to some local tips from my friend Sara (Danke!) and a little more research, we ended up having a really nice stay in Zurich this time.
What’s the best part of visiting Portugal in the off-season? Well, when we did a tour of the famous Douro Valley, we had nearly the entire area to ourselves. This well-known wine countryside is usually packed during the summer, so it was nice to not be bombarded with tourists as we visited the various vineyards. It’s located in the North of Portugal and makes for a nice wine-tasting trip from Porto.
During my family’s trip to Portugal, we took a 3-hour train ride to Porto, the region which actually gave the name to “Portugal”. The people of Porto are referred to as “Tripeiros”, which translates to “tripe-eaters”. It may sound insulting, but it’s actually a name taken to with pride. Back in the 15th-century when the Portuguese set out to conquer other lands, food was reserved for the army and explorers. All that was left behind was tripe and other leftovers, as the Portuguese proudly sacrificed the good food for those fighting for their country.