Throwback Thursday Travel #4: Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon iphoneLisbon’s population is around 500,000. Yet somehow I was the only passenger on the train that February afternoon…

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The facade of Lisbon

It’s been almost 7 months since my visit to Lisbon, but I still can’t make up my mind about how I feel about it. Trust me, I raise my own eyebrows whenever I have to say that aloud. Not just because of the melodramatic nature of the statement but also because of the fact that I’m sort of the only person I know who doesn’t fall head over heels in love with the city.

I know for certain that I don’t love Lisbon because a lot of my expectations about its old-world charms and affordability weren’t fully met. I can’t say that I hate it either because I was impressed with the relaxing attitude and English proficiency of Lisboêtas. I don’t feel neutral when talking about Lisbon either because all the encounters and conversations I had there were more profound than anything I experienced in my favorite cities like Paris, Rome or Barcelona. So if love, hate and neutral are not how you feel about a place, what do you actually feel then?

While I haven’t been able to verbalize my relationship with Lisbon, I can tell you guys how it looks in 4 adjectives. Colorful and edgy at its best, derelict and shady at its worst…

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