PREPARING FOR THE FIELD SCHOOL
THINGS TO BRING WITH YOU TO PORTUGAL
Some people have asked what they should bring with them on the trip. First, there's no reason to pack clothing for a month. We'll have a washing machine in the excavation house! Other than that, here are some suggestions from past participants of the project:
Remember, anything you bring to the site WILL get extremely dirty! Don't bring anything to the site if you are worried about losing it, breaking it, or ruining it.
It's best to start looking for your flight to Lisbon sooner rather than later! If you are arriving on June 9th or June 23rd, remember that most flights that leave from the U.S. are overnight. This means you should look for flights that depart on June 8th in order to arrive on the morning of June 9th. We will be picking people up from the airport on June 9th and June 23rd. If you are coming for only the first session, we will drop you off early in the morning of June 23th. Please let us know your travel plans as soon as possible!
Once you have arrived in Lisbon, you'll need to pass through customs and collect your bags. This can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours. Once you've collected your bags, you'll pass into the arrivals lounge. The arrivals lounge is relatively small, but there are places to get food, a Portuguese cell phone, and cash out of the ATM. You'll need to wait for us at the Meeting Point -- it's a row of chairs situated behind the red Ola ice cream stand. There's a sign above it that says "Meeting Point" in English and Portuguese. Wait there for us! You'll probably be sitting with other people from the project, so say hello to your neighbors. If for some reason your flight is delayed and you arrive very late into Lisbon, it's easy to catch the bus to Redondo.
For departures from Lisbon to the U.S., be sure you look for flights that leave on June 23rd or July 13th (depending on which sessions you attend). The project officially ends on July 14th, and we'll be taking students to the airport that morning. You can take the bus from Redondo to Lisbon on July 12th if you are concerned about missing an early flight the next morning. We can recommend some good hostels if that's the case.
STAYING AFTER THE PROJECT
Some of you may wish to stay in Lisbon for a few days after the project. That's an excellent idea, and we highly recommend it. There's lots of stuff to do and see in the city (and elsewhere in Portugal!), and we're more than happy to give you some recommendations. Please note that if you arrive into Lisbon a few days early, we ask that you meet us in the Lisbon airport on the morning of the regularly scheduled pick-up day for ease of organization.