I still feel saudade when I remember Lisbon. I guess that’s what the city is famous for, a certain melancholy nostalgia. We arrived via train from Porto and almost immediately fell ill, both of us, with a horrible flu that knocked us out for the entire time we were in Lisbon, which really was not great. We still managed to see the sights, but didn’t really get a chance to fully immerse ourselves in the city as we were so exhausted. Probably a weeks worth of partying in hostels had caught up with us. We stayed in an airbnb with some super nice locals – thanks for having us, Tiago!
Lisbon is a very colourful and vibrant city, full of energy, full of life. For a city & country that is supposed to be “poor” and in financial crisis, it doesn’t really seem to affect people that much – everyone really seems to be making a real solid effort to keep their amazing city alive. There is street art everywhere, and the buildings are tiled and painted in bright colours. The old trams trundle through the streets and up and down the hills the same way that they always have.
We took a trip out to Belem, which is just outside of the city, where there is a huge tower in the water that used to be the point from which ships would depart to the new world and the rest of the Portuguese empire.We also managed to see a night of traditional Fado music in the old Alfama district, which was absolutely incredible, including the food. Aside from that, we basically just walked around the city, ate amazing food, and slept. We really want to go back and spend more time in Lisbon.