Lisbon: City of Seven Hills and Billions of Cobblestones part 2

Continued... Yesterday (Tuesday) I managed to spend 16 hours out and running around Lisbon so I am actually looking forward to being able to take things a little easier when I get to Mexico (and sleeping just that little bit more). I started my day in the central square downtown and spent most of the … Continue reading Lisbon: City of Seven Hills and Billions of Cobblestones part 2

Lisbon: City of Seven Hills and Billions of Cobblestones part 1

I arrived into Lisbon via high speed train from Porto (3 hours) and got off to find it was 34C. I took the blue line metro to where I was going to be based, Chiado, a residential area established in 1567. Walking up yet another inclined street halfway up one of Lisbon's seven hills, I … Continue reading Lisbon: City of Seven Hills and Billions of Cobblestones part 1

Harry Potter’s Porto Connections

It's obviously a celebrated fact in Porto, but JK Rowling moved to Porto in 1991 to work as an English teacher in a language institute after her first marriage ended. As she says, “Nine months after my mother’s death, desperate to get away for a while, I left for Portugal. I took with me the … Continue reading Harry Potter’s Porto Connections

Night Train to Lisbon (Porto)

I bought my Trenhotel high-speed night-train ticket several months ago, sitting in my freezing flat in Wellington, hunched over my laptop and under 3 layers of clothing and a rug, at the time heart in mouth as I attempted to navigate Renfe's site in Spanish to book myself a sleeper compartment and not a seat … Continue reading Night Train to Lisbon (Porto)