The sun is streaming through the windows of my room in my quaint and artsy boutique hotel room at Shiado, overlooking onto colorful red-tiled roofs that this city is known for. The building is most likely older than America itself; Lisbon is a mosaic of a city steeped in history that pre-dates the Roman times and was followed by Mooric possession in the mere 700’s. No, there isn’t ‘1’ before that.
Although I have only been here for a day, I am captivated by this city with tight, winding alleyways and a light, loving spirit.
Whenever I travel to a new place, especially when I’m by myself, my adrenaline kicks in before I go. Will I sleep on the flight? (probably not). Will I have problems getting to my hostel and navigating directions? (it’s possible). Will I find people who speak English who can help me? (of course). As soon as I step off the plane, change my money and go to the airport pharmacy to buy some toothpaste, any lingering anxiety I have is put to rest. Buying toothpaste in a new country, for whatever reason, makes me a bit giddy. It is always so unique and representative of the place that I’m in. I just might start a toothpaste collection from my travels, now that I think about it.
Although I had only slept for two hours on the red-eye flight, I arrived feeling somewhat refreshed and ready to go and explore this colorful city. After checking into my hostel, and having met a fun Colombian turned-New Yorker in the immigration line who had just a few hours to spend in Lisbon before heading to Seville, I had a new friend and we decided to first see Lisbon by bus. I usually don’t take tour buses, but I found it to be the perfect way to spend my first day here. I was able to get an overview of the layout of the city, see different areas and really get a feel for things so I would have a better idea of how to explore it in my following two days.
Time multiplies when I travel. I’ve only been here for one day and I have an entirely new life experience and stories to tell. I’ll get to those stories soon, but for now, it’s time to go explore- stay tuned!