CofC Portuguese Club officer Sara Muller visits Portugal!

CofC Portuguese Club officer Sara Muller visits Portugal!

CowParade sculpture in Lisbon, PT by Sara Muller

You may already know by now that:

  • There are over 236 million Portuguese speakers in the world.
  • Portuguese is spoken in 9 countries and in 3 continents.
  • If you already speak a romance language you can easily make Portuguese your third language.
  • Portuguese is a critical language in the United States and you can get paid by the U.S. Department of the States to study this language. Start your first year at CofC!
  • Portugal is the best travel destination in Europe.

The news today is that Sara Muller (CofC Portuguese Club) had the opportunity to visit Portugal this Spring 2022. The CofC Portuguese Club interviewed Sara while she was abroad, and she talked to us about this beautiful country also sharing amazing photos.

Check it out!

CofC Portuguese Club: Please tell us about your study abroad and your visit to Portugal.

Sara Muller: While being abroad in Trujillo, Spain, I’ve had the chance to visit Lisbon, Portugal, and its surrounding towns twice. These experiences were awesome to say the least.

CofC Portuguese Club: What places did you visit and how did you like them?

Sara Muller: Lisbon is a stunning city; it is a perfect balance between old and modern. Lisbon reminded me of Charleston in a way, it has a lot of old buildings and the skyline if very short, it is also situated by a river and the ocean.

Ponte 25 de Abril across the Tagus River by Sara Muller

Torre de Belém (Lisbon, PT) by Sara Muller

CofC Portuguese Club: Did you visit other neighborhoods, too?

Sara Muller:  Alfama, one of the oldest neighborhoods of Lisbon, is a walkable hidden gem with beautiful architecture everywhere you look.

Alfama by Sara Muller

CofC Portuguese Club: You also visited Sintra. What was special about Sintra?

Sara Muller: Sintra is the vacation town of the former Portuguese monarchy. Sintra looked like a town built by Disney, it had lots of Manueline architecture, also known as Portuguese late gothic. This architecture style is defined by its rich and lavish ornamentation of buildings, and it was named after King Manuel I who paid for many of the constructions during this time period.

 

 

CofC Portuguese Club: I heard food in Portugal is also very appreciated. Tell us about your experience eating in Portugal.

Sara Muller: Foodwise Lisbon is great for seafood and fish, since it is found on the coast of the Atlantic. My favorite dishes, and a must-try, were the cod and the octopus, although the wild boar meat was also super tender and delicious. A little fun fact is that Portugal is the largest exporter of cod in the world.

CofC Portuguese Club: How did you get along with the people in Portugal?

Sara Muller: As far as the Portuguese people they were such a surprise! Everyone we met was so welcoming and sweet, they always gave us recommendations of places to visit and food to try and treated us as friends.

CofC Portuguese Club: What would you like to tell folks at CofC, and North American students in general, about studying foreign languages?

Sara Muller: Everyone spoke immaculate English, something that made me a bit embarrassed about us Americans. We were in Portugal not speaking a lick of Portuguese, yet they could communicate with us in our language perfectly fine. They did tell us that their secret to speaking such good English was that Hollywood movies, and most shows, are never dubbed to Portuguese so they’ve always had to watch entertainment in English while reading the subtitles.

CofC Portuguese Club: Yes, it would be nice to have more Americans speaking foreign languages in general and Portuguese in particular. We learned from your experience that Portuguese is, indeed, a critical language that deserves more attention. Studying Portuguese is great opportunity that hasn’t been explored by many Americans yet!

Finally, any other recommendations for people interested in visiting Portugal?

Sara Muller: One last little fact while traveling to Lisbon is that Portugal is on London time, therefore -1 hour than most of Europe, therefore plan accordingly!

CofC Portuguese Club: Thank you, Sara! It was great exploring Portugal through your eyes!

For all of you out there who are interested in joining the CofC Portuguese Club contact us at:

Dr. Daniela Meireles: meirelesdl@cofc.edu

Ms. Yazzy Rodrigues: rodriguesyb@g.cofc.edu

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