A few years ago, I made a decision to take what I can from life instead of idly waiting for life to deliver
my joys to me.
One of my greatest joys is travelling.
I love being on the road, sky, water as I keep moving.
It is not just about seeing new places but I love meeting people from different cultures and ways of life.
I love getting up close and personal with art works I saw in textbooks.
I love being in spaces authors occupied once upon a time.
I love that feeling of being far from what is familiar.
I love being lost as a new city makes herself known to me.
I love travelling so much, I decided to blog about it. My blog however will be a bit like a photo essay at
times and maybe travel poems at other times
If you have not thought about Lisboa as a possible destination, do yourself a favour and go there. I promise you, you are going to thank me for it!
My favourite aspect of Lisboa was the diversity. So many colours of skin. No one looked down on my hijab. There are lots of Halaal joints. Just walking around the city is safe and beautiful. The city is at ease with its Islamic heritage. So much so that the most famous church is called Fatima. It is hard to believe that the crusades started in Portugal a thousand years ago.
Fado, the beautiful haunting music of a lady singing accompanied by a guitar is a fusion of all the cultures that lived in Portugal. Fado can be heard everywhere but you will never tire of it.
Whilst there, I learnt that Lisboa rose from the ashes after a big fire. It was a huge effort to rebuild it but they did, even better than before. I was really inspired by that idea particularly because im trying to rebuild myself too.
A big discovery I made in Lisboa was Pessoa- the most famous Portuguese poet. Actually,he had four heteronyms. Not just a pseudonym but Pessoa actually gave all of them different identities and biographies. Pessoa got them to correspond with each other and even their poetry styles are different. He published their work under the heteronyms that Pessoa created for them. The volume I bought has all four and it does feel like I am reading the work of four different poets.
I was awestruck with the street art in this city. Not just the ceramics at every corner but also conscious graffiti. In fact, Lisboa is a leader in this area internationally. Just being a tourist, you will see a lot of this amazing art and you can also go on special tours to see specific styles and more variety.
No travel blog can be complete without food! Yummmmmm. Portuguese tarts. Sardines. Paella. I could not get enough of the tarts so I brought some back. My fellow Australians, if you declare your tarts you are allowed to bring them in! My stomach loved Portugal as much as I did.
It was so easy to get around. You buy a ticket and you can use it for three days-bus, tram, ferry. It is also easy to venture outside of the city. The tours are all so affordable. Just go to any tourist destination in the city and look at signs of double decker buses. Not that you would want to leave Lisboa in a hurry.
I gave Lisboa 5/5
My poem for Lisboa-
TRAM 28, Lisboa
Tagus River does its little laps
Under the bridge
Blares from the
Speakers of the ship
Lap by lap
By the waves
As we dance away
Of one thousand years