NOT A TRAVEL GUIDE | LISBON

Esta nueva categoría del blog, dentro de la sección LOST IN TRANSLATION, no es precisamente una guía con las recomendaciones más hot de las ciudades. Para eso ya existen guías muy bien trabajadas y mi historial de ciudades visitadas no es tan amplio como me gustaría. Estos posts tienen como objetivo hablar de las ciudades como si se tratara de personajes que evocan miles de historias, sentimientos y experiencias sensoriales. La primera ciudad elegida es Lisboa./ This new series of posts of the blog, within the LOST IN TRANSLATION section, is not exactly a guide with the hottest travel recommendations. We can already find very well curated city guides and my history of visited places is not as extensive as I’d like. These posts aim to talk about cities as if they were characters that evoke thousands of stories, feelings and sensory experiences. The first city chosen is Lisbon.

🚃 HOW TO DESCRIBE LISBON? 🚃

Unas vacaciones virtuales es justo lo que necesito y a menudo me pregunto si las aerolíneas me guardarán esos puntos de viaje que tanto prometieron. Y sobre Lisboa voy a ser un honesto: es uno de esos lugares que se anidaron en mi cabeza gracias a las fotos de Instagram: colores pasteles, azulejos hipnóticos y miradores en las colinas./ A virtual holiday is just what I need and I often wonder if airlines will save me those promised travel points. And I’ll be honest about Lisbon: it’s one of those places that got nested in my head thanks to Instagram photos: pastel colors, hypnotic tiles and breathtaking views on top of the hills.

Puede que lo que más me haya conquistado de Lisboa (aunque a algunas personas les pueda impacientar) fueron la cadencia y el ritmo poco acelerado. A pesar de ser una ciudad grande se siente una tranquilidad que es difícil de encontrar en otros sitios grandes./ Perhaps what has conquered me the most about Lisbon (although some people may be impatient about it) was the cadence and the slow pace. Despite being a big city, you can feel a tranquility that is difficult to find in other large places.

💛 THE PERSONALITY OF THE CITY 💙

Lisboa es como un tren a gran velocidad, pero donde puedes optar por un viaje en la cabina silenciosa. Si la ciudad fuera un personaje (no sé por qué en mi mente lo visualizo como una mujer) sería alguien que mezcla las buenas elecciones clásicas con otras cosas más contemporáneas, que lo mismo elige cenar en un restaurante con propuesta fusión y después ir por unas cervezas al bar más tradicional, ese al que los turistas no entrarían. Es un contraste entre la aventura y la relajación, un espíritu mixto con el que me identifico mucho./ Lisbon is like a high-speed train, but where you can opt for a ride in the silent cabin. If the city were a character (I don’t know why  I visualize it as a woman in my mind) it would be someone who mixes good classic choices with other more contemporary things, who chooses to dine in a restaurant with a fusion proposal and then decides to go for a few beers at the most traditional bar, the one that tourists would not enter. It is a contrast between adventure and relaxation, a mixed spirit with which I identify a lot.

Puede que haya definido la personalidad de Lisboa como aventurera pero relajada, después de haber subido a pie esas colinas que hacen que cualquier ejercicio en el gimnasio sea un juego de niños, teniendo como recompensa una bebida en lo alto de uno de sus famosos miradores./ I may have defined Lisbon’s personality as adventurous but laid-back, after hiking those hills that make any exercise look like a child’s play, rewarding yourself with a drink at the top of one of its famous viewpoints.

🎨 Color Palette 🎨

No voy a mentir, la paleta cromática de Lisboa me recuerda a todo lo que me gusta: estampados y colores pasteles en grandes cantidades. Es como si yo interior se convirtiera en el plano de una ciudad donde siempre hay espacio para el color y donde hasta los edificios grises tienen un pequeño azulejo para recordarte que hay días malos y días buenos. Si fuera por una razón estilística Lisboa sería mi residencia por muchos meses, por eso y también por los pastéis de Belém (unos pastelitos de hojaldre y crema)./ I’m not going to lie, the Lisbon color palette reminds me of everything I like: prints and pastels in large quantities. It’s as if my inner self became the plan of a city where there is always room for color and where even gray buildings have a small tile to remind you that there are bad days and good days. If it were for a stylistic reason, Lisbon would be my residence for many months, for that reason and also for the pastéis de Belém (ego custard tart pastries).

Es un destino al que Hollywood no le ha sacado mucho partido, pero es la ciudad a la que tenía que volar Ingrid Bergman en Casablanca (1942) y creo que es un sitio muy cinematográfico, ya que pocas ciudades en el mundo pueden mantener pasado y presente en perfecta armonía, es como una ciudad en constante ebullición./ Hollywood has not taken much advantage of this destination, but Lisbon is the city that Ingrid Bergman had to fly to in Casablanca (1942) and I think it is a very cinematic place, since few cities in the world can keep past and present in perfect harmony, it is like a city in constant boiling.

 

Canciones que me recuerdan a Lisboa, no precisamente porque hablen de portugal, pero que sonaban en el momento en que me subí al avión o mientras hacía las maletas (posiblemente a ultima hora)./ Songs that remind me of Lisbon, not precisely because they speak of Portugal, but these were playing at the moment I got on the plane or while I was packing my bags (possibly at the last minute).

🎶 Do-Si-Do x Peter Bjorn and John + Everything Now x Arcade Fire 🎶

¿Has estado en Lisboa?, si no es así, ¿qué idea tienes de ella? Creo que lo más emocionante de un viaje es la idea preconcebida que luego se transforma y adopta otro tono. Porque al final lo maravilloso de los viajes es romper los esquemas e pensar en todas las historias que han ocurrido en ese lugar para que tú puedas disfrutarlo en el presente./ Have you been to Lisbon? If not, what idea do you have of this city? I think the most exciting thing about a trip is the preconceived idea that later transforms and takes another tone. Because in the end the wonderful thing about traveling is breaking the schemes and thinking about all the stories that have happened in that place so that you can enjoy it in the present.

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  • Oh wow the way you describe Lisbon it sounds like such a wonderful city to live in with the best of both worlds. It is funny that people in other parts of France think Paris is super fast paced but compared to NY I feel like people there take time to live. I would love to get to Lisbon one day. It looks and sounds beautiful.

    Allie of
    http://www.allienyc.com

  • Hey Fungi!

    I still remember your Lisbon travel guide. It was totally what I pictured when thinking of this city. I’ve never been but your post made me want to add it to my travel bucket list after Barcelona.

    Thanks so much for your nice comments and hope you enjoy this spring season!

    http://www.fashionradi.com

  • I loved reading this post about Lisbon and your illustrations are so beautiful. I always love your art. The way you represented Lisbon with your collages, photograph and illustrations is fantastic. I also enjoyed your descriptions of this city. I remember reading about Lisbon in some of your other posts and you always did such a great place of showing this city to us. You allow us to travel virtually with you!

  • I’ve not been to Lisbon, so totally enjoyed hearing your feelings about it. I think I would enjoy the architecture, due to the pastel colors. The only city that I’ve been to the boasts a pastel color palette is Miami / Miami Beach. I loved it!

    Hope your week is going well!

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

  • I have never been to Lisbon but it looks and sounds lovely! this is a really fun way to write about it and your experiences with it 🙂

    Hope you’re having a good weekend 🙂

  • I’m so hype with this new topic on your blog to make us travel virtually.
    I love Portugal. I went twice with my parents as a teenager but I actually never visited Lisboa.
    We did Porto instead.
    I would love to come back to Portugal. Portuguese are also very nice. I have so many great memories from this country.
    We actually try to get stationed to Lisbon but unfortunately we didn’t get pick.
    And I love your illustrations. The tiles details are my favorite in Portugal.
    xx
    Margot
    https://troughthepasturesofthesky.com