lisboa, portugal (part 1 of 2)

oooo metro!
i love the hanging laundry...
loved the tram cars
gorgeous no?
lisboa (lisbon) is a beautiful city. then again, i am sucker for any city with public transit and a fun language.

hmm. first off. haven't really been able to figure portuguese people out. not that i really have other cultures or people figured out but the portuguese seem very to themselves and mellow. which is cool with me.
the portuguese seem nice... and luckily since ben and i can only say "thank you" in portuguese (obrigado/a), ben's fluent spanish has proved very useful.
(expect for that lunch when we weren't exactly sure what we were getting...)

that's the other thing. even though lisbon is lovely, it doesn't seem like people are really into going out/night life/food.
we've got a problem, folks.

i think a big part of why ben and i love to travel together is to experience the food of a city or an area or a culture.
and well... not only have we had a hard time even finding a place to eat... it seems like a lot of menus are the same and the food is sub-par.

please don't misunderstand. the food isn't bad. but it isn't amazing. i haven't taken photos of any food here (which is saying something). pretty sure every menu has "legumes" soup on it and it's just like this creamy-squashish-cabbagey soup. not bad. but not amazing.
our last night in lisbon we actually had a great meal. so there's that.
seafood is big here and some of it has been good. some not.

that's that. you can't always get what you want and you can't always have high expectations or something.
those are the lessons i've learned.

remember: i love the portugal. but i just needed to record those feelings about the food...


communikate. said...

Love the umbrella pic!

Peggy said...

Oh, what a beautiful experience. Hang the food.

Umm legumes and squashish-cabbagey soup--just like mother used to make.

And is that the Lisbon temple on the hill, surely looks like a temple.

I love the umbrella shot too. I love it all!

Linds said...

I want to borrow your umbrella and never return it. Love the video clip of the hanging laundry. Trams remind me of SanFran. San Fran reminds me of road tripping it with you.

shayna said...

I love all the fire escape staircases. They are so West Side story. "Maria, Maria...I just met a girl named Maria."