All posts filed under ‘Portugal

Pockets of Light

The travel guide I bought in Berlin had summed up Lisbon under the term sadness. “Get lost in the city of sweet sadness”, it said on the cover. A reference to an apparently famous Portuguese word, saudade, which stands for embracing unease with the general state of the world. I got the allure. I didn’t […]


Sometimes you need to see a place in a new light. When I woke up in Porto yesterday, peeked out the window from behind the curtains and saw the sun, it felt like I was seeing a brand-new city. Oh, I had been here before, once as a child and again seven years ago. I […]

"We'd love to stay for coffee… but you know, the crowds…"

Portugal. Ryanair, the LOW FARES airline succeeded in moving Anika and me down there for a 4 day trip that had mainly been inspired by the fact that the flight was so affordable. It is an interesting cultural phenomenon how the airline with the obnoxious on-time fanfare brings us to places we would not otherwise […]