Trip Region: Western Europe
Country(ies): Spain, Portugal
Partners Trek? No
Trip Cost: $2010
Airfare Estimate: $1300
Nightlife: 4 • Activity: 2
Deciding if you prefer partying, eating great food, visiting historical spots or relaxing? Don’t know which cool places in Europe you would like to visit? Just like you, we don’t like making such decisions, so we gathered all of that in one trip to three of the best spots in Europe. In Portugal, we will have the chance to try lots of delicious food and will enjoy the best of Lisbon’s nightlife. In Spain, we will be in the best city to party in Europe, so we will rage on! We know that a good trip is not only made of partying and eating delicious food, so we will fly to Mallorca to relax a little bit by the Mediterranean… but we can party while we relax as well. So we will have a booze cruise before we fly back to Ann Arbor. By the end of the trip you will know that sleep is totally a waste of time.
Day 1 — Sunday, Aug 20
Welcome to Portugal. As one of Europe’s most pleasant and affordable capital cities, Lisbon combines the best elements of Portuguese life, offering fantastic architecture, a multicultural population, delicious seafood and non-stop nightlife. At night, we will all meet up for our first group dinner. Afterwards, we will break the ice with many drinks. And, it is your introduction to sleep is a waste of time.
Day 2 — Monday, Aug 21
On the second day, we will head out in the morning on an orientation walk of Lisbon to find your feet. Then your afternoon is free. You can roam through the charming narrow streets of local neighborhoods and see local life play out. Maybe simply sit back in one of many outdoors restaurants and cafes - watching the life go by is definitely one of the best ways to relax in Lisbon. We will swing by the Time Out Market to get all kinds of Portuguese treats for dinner. At night, we will hit up Bairro Alto neighborhood for some shenanigans and celebrations.
Day 3 — Tuesday, Aug 22
Today, we will travel by tram to the Belem Area before an afternoon visit to the Oceanarium, the largest in Europe. This picturesque is the location of many of the capital’s most notable and important tourist attractions with many monuments and the famous Belem Tower. We will search the streets to have a traditional portuguese meal together. We will get one last chance to experience the nightlife in Lisbon and head out to Cais do Sodré neighborhood.
Day 4 — Wednesday, Aug 23
Today, we leave Portugal and d take a short flight over to Barcelona (flight not included in price). The city’s swaggy character and fabulous Catalan cuisine mixes seamlessly with a groundbreaking art scene, Gothic architecture, and a non-stop nightlife, making it a city you won’t ever forget. After checking into the hotel, there will be an afternoon guided walking tour around Barrio Gotico. Then at night, we will hop around a few cervezerias and chupeterias for wine and beer. We will save clubbing for another day.
Day 5 — Thursday, Aug 24
Halfway through the trip! We will have an orientation walk around Barcelona today. See some of the city’s main sights, including a visit to Antonio Gaudi’s incredible La Sagrada Familia Cathedral. The architect worked on this hugely ambitious project for decades until his death, and it remains in constant construction. It is possibly the city’s most iconic landmark. Gaudi was the master of the unique Catalan Modernista architecture for which Barcelona is famous, and his work is dotted all over the city. At night, we will start off with a tourney of drinking games. Eventually, we will find our way out and about to a nightclub.
Day 6 — Friday, Aug 25
Today is a free day to explore the city’s many museums, parks, neighborhoods, and cafes. One option, our Terapeuta de Compras will offer his services and show you the fashion scene in Barcelona. We may come up with some other stuff after we gather interests from the The Ross Iberience fam. At night, we will try to find a spot for some paella and feast together. Afterwards, get your dancing shoes on, and keep up with La Reina del Baile. We will hit up the El Born neighborhood and take in the nightlife.
Day 7 — Saturday, Aug 26
Join this food envy-inducing Barcelona tour for three hours of power eating - Spanish-style. Join locals as they indulge in the fine art of eating and drinking, something Spaniards are champions at. By the end of the tour you’ll know your banderillas from your pinxto, even if you can’t pronounce them. Its our last night in Barcelona. O Profesor and Arroz de Festa expect to stay up and catch the sunrise before heading for an early morning flight to Mallorca the next day.
Day 8 — Sunday, Aug 27
We will head to the airport for a flight to Mallorca, our final destination (flight not included). Today you are free to relax and enjoy the sun, recovering from the last 7 days of not sleeping. For those who would like a bit more activity, there will be an optional cooking class in the afternoon. Explore the regions flavors and ingredients and get a chance to try making local cuisine. Senorita Sibarita will definitely be there.
Day 9 — Monday, Aug 28
It is our last full day. Take in the sun and fun today with a booze cruise. Get read for one final rage before we head back to stateside. O Profesor is pumped for the dage! At night, we will celebrate with one last meal together.
Day 10 — Tuesday, Aug 29
There are no activities planned for the final day. You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. It was fun MTreking.
Ravi “O Professor” Patel
Growing up nearby New York City, Ravi has been an urbanite his whole life. Having done Teach for America, he is prepared to teach you the art of MTrekism (aka no sleep, and plenty of exploration and partying).
On Mtrek you will find me: Doing something illegal, like climbing up the Sagrada Familia to take a dope picture. After that, I will party all night and watch the sunrise with a beer and a churro.
If I were a drink, I would be: Pickleback, it is smooth but intense (and a good way to get my daily dose of vegetables). If you have too much of it, you will probably have a hard day after, but it doesn’t matter, I will be carrying antacids.
Day drinking x night drinking: I love Daging! I love taking in the sun on a boat, by a pool, or at THE BUS. I cannot wait for the booze cruise.
Fun fact: Ravi was on the Amazing Race in Brazil (for one episode).
Rafa “Arroz de Festa” Barros
Coming all the way from Brazil, Rafa used to be an investment banker, fitting the “work hard play hard” stereotype. Do not try to overdrink him, you will go to the ground before he does.
On Mtrek you will find me: Either sleeping or drinking. If I am at a commute, I will be sleeping I will certainly be sleeping to recover from last night, otherwise I will be having a drink or ten.
If I were a drink I would be: Gin & tonic, because it is the perfect drink for any situation. Want to drink by the pool? Gin & tonic! Want to party? Gin & tonic! Feeling thirsty? Drink a gin & tonic! Feeling hungry, bored, tired or stressed out? Drink a gin & tonic!
Day drinking x night drinking: Can I do both? After all, the pregame has to start before lunch.
Fun fact: His family lives in a sugar cane farm in Brazil. Nevertheless he used to play in two rock bands when he was a teenager.
Kim “Senorita Sibarita” Moore
Kim was born and raised in Chi-town where she perfected the craft of eating delicious things, frequenting dodgy late night clubs and supporting Chicago sports teams. This isn’t her first rodeo of Iberience. Having studied in Barcelona and road tripped to Lisbon, don’t doubt her instincts about a real Iberience.
On Mtrek you will find me: Sneaking off/holding up the group to try some delicious seafood or any other random treats that tickle my fancy.
If I were a drink I would be: A mojito – sweet, refreshing, but definitely a little dangerous….
Day drinking x night drinking: Night drinking… until its day again.
Fun facts: Can do some aerial trapeze tricks
Shei “La Reina del Baile” Paz
Sheila hails from Lima. As the Latina of the group, she will bring the energy, flavor and Spanish to the crew. Tired of consulting, she came to Ross to find her passion and you’ll see her leading flash mobs or doing some Bollywood.
On Mtrek you will find me: During the day, chilling by the beach for sure and getting an amazing tan. And by night, drinking and dancing my soul off! Special bonus for salsa and latin music.
If I were a drink I would be: Pisco sour, the Peruvian flag drink. Because you’ll feel me softly at first, but watch out! I get energized and make everyone dance and have real fun.
Day drinking x night drinking: Both! Day drinking with a beer by the beach and night drinking at clubs till sunrise.
Fun fact: Winner of dance competitions, fashion designer and compulsive shopper – always forgets she doesn’t have a job anymore.
Hansen “El Terapeuta de Compras” Zuo
Hansen original was born in China, but moved to the land up north, and has been in Toronto for many years. Once he’s in the mood, he knows how to rally and get the party started.
On Mtrek you will find me: Shop til I drop. I’m going to take in the fashion scene in Barcelona, and give all the new MBA1s a few tips on business style. If I’m not out on the streets, I’ll either be sleeping or drinking whiskey from the bottle.
If I were a drink I would be: Whiskey! It is the best drink to party (or to sleep). Plus, always up for a nightcap on MTrek. Plus whiskey is the greatest cure for sickness.
Day drinking x night drinking: Night drinking all the way. I like heading out to the club, dressing the nines, and raging to EDM til there is no more whiskey at the bar.
Fun fact: I obtained a skipper license from the Canadian Yachting Association.