The real reason behind taking me so long to write the first Portugal blog post was some kind of a blockade in my brain. I have so many pictures it’s actually insane and I had to figure out how I want to organize blog posts – so everything actually makes sense to my readers. I could not bring myself on doing that for quite some time. This very current post is named “The streets of Lisbon”. In this particular post I want to show you the diversity, colorfulness and peculiarity of Lisbon, which reflects in daily life.
Lisbon. Hot. Crowded. Narrow streets. Old houses and buildings covered with tiles – called “azulejos”. City tuk-tuks. Hills. And some more hills. Paved streets. Bridge – Ponte 25 de Abril. The sound of tram approaching. Loud, but very friendly locals. Wind. Pasteis de Nata.
That’s how I’d describe Lisbon in a very few words. These are the things that stand out the most in my opinion. Lisbon definitely fascinated me – in different ways.
Upon our arrival we were a bit taken aback by city’s disarray – dirty streets, unpleasant smells etc. But that’s just how it is. Everything is different and you just have to go with it. After a few days, we only knew that upon arrival something had bothered us, unsure of what exactly that was. After a week everything felt normal, we got used to the Lisbon life.
We loved the architecture, the “azulejos” really grew on us and so did the people. I always tend to learn something when visiting a foreign country. As I said before Lisbon is crowded, loud and rather chaotic. But residents (well, most of them) seem to have a habit as an opposite to everything that life in Lisbon is. They have some kind of calmness that reflects in everything. They do not get upset with for example someone blocking the street or waiting in lines for a long time etc. They just – go with it and wait. That was something we both admired. And that’s something we’ve been trying maintain doing at home ever since.
Visiting Lisbon was certainly an unique experience. This post was all about the everyday life of Lisbon’s residents on the streets. There is a “Lisbon part 2” post coming soon, where I’ll share some nice views over the city. Oh and another thing – I just somehow booked myself another plane ticket last week! Ooops! :))