Lisbon is stacked with creative surprises. In our first full day our eyes gobbled up more varieties of art than an all you can eat buffet. Starting with a 3hr street art walking tour, we listened to stories of why Lisbon is graffiti loco.
Unknowing tourists like to sit in huge queues for weird things here. Like an elevator that goes nowhere special and a tram up a steep but short hill for a pricey fare. Duncan also got propositioned with hash countless times by drug dealers masquerading as sunglass sellers. We skipped all tourist traps and went to the coast for lunch.
Deciding to venture out of Lisbon to the modern Centro Cultural of Balem museum. Here we saw some artistic greats from the last century.
There are more museums in Lisbon than you can shake a stick at. After 6hrs pootling around our legs protested, we headed for the nearest mojito.
We ended up at the LX factory and loved it. It's full of quirky eateries, a library featuring a gigantic printing press and many art studios. It's an original place built by artists and therefore different to the average commercial place for hangs. Although, we did spy some corporate conference lanyards and conversely a jeep with the slogan 'I hate tourists'.
With us was our friend so we had to abandon the snug van and take residence in the popular 'Lookout Lisbon' Hostel. Pre-emptively situated above our second all you can eat sushi buffet with added all you can drink booze for just €4. It's hard to believe these things exist! We rolled into bed creatively invigorated, our stomachs greiving from that last bananas fritter.
Over a week later we returned to Lisbon to fly to Madeira and say farewell to our friend. We went out drinking in traditional Bairro Alto with its Azulejo tiles and crumbling but contemporary spaces. It's unique in that the entire square(ish) mile is dedicated to drinking, each bar is defined by its narrow streets and decorated in its own characteristic style.
A top moment has to be sitting on a table next to a girl who spewed on the floor following a 13L cocktail bucket shared among her shit faced friends, it was 8pm! It's worth going when the area comes alive in the evening as very little is open in the day.