LISBON IS THE COOLEST.
It’s got everything: Sun. Sea. Surfing.
- Intricate tiles on every building
- Delicious seafood at every corner
- Beautiful sunsets every night
- 3 clouds total for my entire month stay
- Pretty pretty people
- 3€ bottles of wine
- 30 minute train ride to the beach
- Street Art
Let’s get into details:
- A Cevicheria — Ceviche. There is a reason its a regular on Top Chef. Best meal in Portugal. Also there is a giant octopus on the ceiling of the tiny restaurant.
- O Prego da Peixaria – Great steak sandwich. Yum sauce. All about that value.
- O Amario – Authentic Portuguese food with great Sangria. Eating at 8:30 we were early.
- Pena Palace – Very tacky, very high in the sky. See below to find me looking flawless.
- Village Underground & LX Factory – One of our workspaces this month is an old shipping container at Village Underground. Very trendy and cool. Right next door is LX Factory with delicious restaurants and cool shops. A little out of the way though, I walked 45 minutes along the highway to get there. I tried to Uber back but the Uber went a terrible way home and it cost me €10. Super high for Lisbon standards. Fail. I’ll try the bus next time.
- Timeout Market – Top restaurants around Lisbon all have food stalls here. It is a 3 minute walk from my place, extremely convenient and delicious.
- Park: A hidden bar on top of a parking lot. V. trendy with an amazing view of the bridge.
- Pink Street: I’m going to compare Pink Street to Bourbon Street in the US. The street is literally painted pink and houses about 13 clubs and bars and it doesn’t get going until 1AM every night. The last club closes around 6AM. Fun fact: I’m living on Pink Street this month. It is a great location, but the street is FILLED with people all night long, every night. And as I’m making my way to the workspace in the morning, the bar owners are washing the street down from the previous night’s debauchery. Ear plugs are a necessity this month.
- Barrio Alto: Another drinking hot spot. Here the bars are very tiny and the move is to get your drink and hang out in the street, people watching, avoiding the guys selling dumb souvenirs and roses, and enjoying the beautiful weather. Below is a Barrio Alto illegal corn dog purchase.
- No Letting Go – Wayne Wonder
- Old Pine – Ben Howard
- My Way – Calvin Harris
- My surfing dreams came true. Growing up in Ohio, I somehow identified as a “surfer chick”. I had never attempted to surf or even been to the ocean more than 5 times, but after watching Blue Crush I just knew that was the kind of girl I was. I obviously had a white choker necklace and cut out pictures of Hawaiian surfing chicks to add to my collages plasters to my bedroom walls. I guarantee I had a “Surfer Gal” T-Shirt from Hollister. Choaka Brah!! Back to present day: We woke up super early by Lisbon standards (8AM) and rode in a old white van 45 minutes to the coast. It was foggy as heck and we spent the next 30 or so minutes picking out our wetsuits and struggling into them. We snapped a few sick photos and then started our warm up with a fun game of capture the flag in the sand in our wetsuits. Very tiring but we were ready to surf!! We went through a few exercises and learned the mechanics of doing a take off. Next it was time to jump in the water. I headed out into the foggy surf with my instructor. I was up first and my instructor (probably 16 years old) lined my board up and told me to go. The wave took over and I was able to stand up! Woo. I am officially a surfer! Where is my surfer seal of approval?? After many more attempts and a lot of sea water swallowed I managed to stand up a few more times. It was an awesome day and I can OFFICIALLY say I surfed in Portugal. Check that one off the bucket list!
- BBQing on the back porch with a bunch of friends. After missing out on Labor Day in the US it was such a good time to get together with a bunch of friends to grilled together on the back porch just chilling and sipping wine in great weather. It was a random group of people, but just made me so happy to be surrounded by happy, funny people.
- Watching a Champions League soccer game. We went to support Benefico and it was awesome! Everyone was dressed so well and had their Benefico scarf. It was also crazy that the opposing team (Turkey) was corralled away from the home team fans and surrounded by security. Apparently things can get rowdy! It was also fun that the crowd would cheer every time someone made a semi-respectable play. They were very liberal with their cheering. So encouraging! The only angry cheers were at the refs of course. Benefico was 1-0 the majority of the game, but with literally 1 minute left, Turkey scored to tie it up. Home team was sad, but I was fine with seeing one more goal🙂