Listen — I'm a bit of a control freak. And not only that, but I ~love~ to plan things, especially fun things like vacations. I meticulously research restaurants, neighborhoods, flight prices, pin beautiful places on Pinterest, save locations on Google — favorite pastime, guys. Making Airbnb wish lists is like, a hobby of mine.
When my sister was planning on visiting me in Italy, she said she really wanted to go to Lisbon. But the problem was 1) I was swamped with work at the moment and 2) I had never really thought about going to Lisbon and was a little overwhelmed on where to even start (the internet, Katie, duh). So I put off planning like, forever, and let her plan it — something that is borderline impossible for me to do. And damn, she did a good job. So this round-up is 75% brought to you by my little sister Annie's diligent research.
So now that I have been to Lisbon and can report back with real life experience instead of internet research, I can tell you a few things. Firstly, dang, what a bunch of beautiful buildings in that city. I was so obsessed with the tile work and the colorful façades of all the buildings, with the totally unique surfaces on every single apartment — hands down, my favorite part of the city.
Secondly, dang, it is weird getting around Lisbon. First of all, everything is very uphill (a lot of people compare it to San Francisco), but that isn't even what bothered me! The trams were totally crazy, as were the tuktuks, and a lot of the city was built up with unfinished construction, including on the sidewalks. However, it totally just gave this unique vibe to Lisboa that you definitely can't find anywhere else, and we kind of enjoyed the wildness of it all.
Other takeaways include: Wow, they really like sardines. They have really great wine. Portuguese sounds like if a bunch of German people tried to speak Spanish. The Portuguese are some of the nicest people I've ever met in all of my travels. I'm now a pro at spelling Portuguese. And, what a fun city. Let me tell you what we did.