Postcards from Lisbon
Ola! I’m in Lisbon and it’s lovely. I was only planning to be here for a day or two, but I fell under her spell and have extended things a while. I’m getting really excited about the fact that I’ll be in Africa in just over a week! AFRICA! It looks like I’ll be heading to Servile later this week to meet a friend then heading to Cadiz before making our way by ferry to Morocco. Although Lisbon is the first stop of my trip, I already feel beyond blessed to be here. It’s so charming, there’s an understated elegance about Lisbon. There’s another reason I’m found of Lisbon too – in 1755 there was a terrible earthquake here, tens of thousands of people died and there was considerable damage to all of the city. Since then things have been rebuilt and it’s so great to see so much life in a city that suffered such a big tragedy. It makes me hopeful for the recovery of my home town, Christchurch.
Since I left America in April, Portugal is the first new country I’ve visited. It has reminded me of so many things I love about travel: hearing a new language, seeing a new culture, trying new food and being completely lost. There’s something incredibly empowering about arriving in a fresh place alone and managing to find your way to wherever you need to be. There’s also a special magic in having an entire day free, just to wander around and see what you discover along the way. I’m SO SO SO excited about my upcoming travels, but I’m taking the time to slow down and focus on this lovely little city.
If you’ve got any “must dos” for Lisbon or nearby, please let me know. I’m really keen to make the most of my time here.