When I say I want to travel I don’t mean I want to stay at resorts and go on tours with tour guides or buy key chains from souvenir shops. I don’t want to be a tourist. When I say I want to travel I mean I want to explore another country and become part of it. I want to discover small coffee shops in Germany and Italy and France. I want to walk on beaches in Australia and browse the book stores of England. I want to hike the Great Wall of China and go cliff diving in Hawaii. I want to meet people who are not like me, but people who I can like all the same. I want to take pictures of things and places and people I meet. I want my mind to be in constant awe of life on earth. I want to see things with new eyes. I want to look at a map and be able to remember how I was transformed by the places I’ve been to the things I’ve seen and the people I’ve met. I want to come home and realize that I have not come home whole but have left a piece of my heart in each place I have been. This, I think, is what is at the heart of adventure and this is why I plan on making my life one.
How's life in Lisbon? It's kinda good. Since the sun started shining it's all very nice, better than before. I'm still getting used to living here though.
Here are few things from the last couple of weeks that I noticed and wanted to share with you. - They have been painting a building opposite mine, 2 walls of it to be exact. They started after I came back from Thailand, so about 2 months ago. This is the slowest paint job I have ever seen. - Some things leave me baffled. Like fixing zebra crossings in the rush hour. Portugal is in Europe and it's still a bit in Asia.... - The Portuguese sometimes behave like the Thais. They ignore you when they don't speak English. I've just called Jean Louis David Portugal to make an appointment for my haircut. Asked them if they spoke English and they said 'no' and hung up on me. I guess I need to grow my hair or find a different place for my monthly trim. - My neighbour is driving me nuts. His parrots that he keeps outside go on and on. Tried to talk to him about it and he just ignores my requests to keep them quiet. I'm looking for a new place to live.... - The food here still is a bit of a challenge for me to understand. Not a great fan of it. But now the shops are full of delicious fruit and veggies. It's the perfect time for vegetarians in Portugal.
I have been a year and still don't feel like home, but it's a bit better than before.
If you have some questions about living here, let me know. I will try to answer.
#currentlyreading this hilarious yet informative book about Scandinavia. I’ve always been captivated by the idea of living in “the north”, and decided I might should shine the light of reality on my fairytale daydream with some cold, hard facts. Smoothie bowl and salt light ambiance by @plant_cafe!