9 things I learned in Lisbon, Portugal, in 72 hours…


I was in London for UKLUG a couple of
weeks ago, and wanted to visit a place new to me for the weekend before
returning to the US.  About the only country in mainland western europe
I’ve never visited is Portugal, so I booked an impromptu trip to Lisbon
for three nights.

What I have learned in Lisboa (Lisbon)
Portugal in 72 hours…

1) Football (soccer) on your first night
is a great way to get into the spirit of a European city.


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2) Lisboa is a very walkable — but
hilly — city, with lots to see every minute.


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3) Being a solo tourist for the first
time EVER was unexpectedly nice, as you can do whatever you want, stay
as long as you want, and change your mind whenever you want.


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4) Gradeschool studies of 16th and 17th
century Portugal ruling the seas hit you in the face when you tour magnificent
castles and waterside fortresses of Lisboa.


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5) Central Lisboa was mostly destroyed
by an earthquake and tsunami that killed 15,000 people in 1755, then mostly
rebuilt.


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6) The people are Lisboa are incredibly
friendly, beautiful, and full of spirit.


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7) Portuguese is the most beautiful,
and one of the most unusual and difficult, languages I’ve tried to speak.

8)
Particularly in a small peninsular
country like Portugal, the internet is the great equalizer of artistic
opportunity.  A pub booked local singer-songwriter Ana Free, but couldn’t
handle the 400+ fans who showed up as a result of her recent YouTube fame.
 This week she’s the fastest rising artist on the
Portuguese
Singles chart
with a song at #3.

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9) ‘Tho not too popular in Portugal
yet, Facebook is a great resource for recruiting a friend you’ve yet to
meet in person.  Thanks,
Vitor
Pereira
!!

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Definitely going to visit Libsoa again!

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