So what kind of an idiot stays in his hometown until death in these modern times? And what kind of an idiot spends all of his money on stupid foolish stuff throughout his life that he dies as a modern day slave to being a beggar? It seems that the winds of persuasion have set sail throughout the world to convince them to have the energy to make trips to foreign lands at least once before they perish away. Some even make the pilgrimage to the after-world as they made that calculated decision to emigrate to these far-away lands for greener pastures. The Portuguese were intent on making their mark on the world’s history as Lisbon happened to be one of those new life-launchpads after 1492, when Christopher Columbus discovered the New World. So many people traveled to the ports of Lisbon to make that eventual crossing into the unknown to mark their place in the world.
So I guess it’s time to execute the reverse landing onto that life-launchpad called Lisbon, another place that I’ve always wanted to go to even though it was just right there when I was in Costa del Sol. I was going to make my travel book marked off. Another place to see where the Brazilians gained a big part of their language, culture, societal norms, etc. from.
Tip: Speaking some Spanish can help as some of the older Portuguese are not that great at English. The younger generation can definitely speak English, but sometimes you just never know. Portuguese is not Spanish, but there are similar words which can make certain conversations easier.
Was Lisbon worth going? I think so – the food definitely made it worthwhile! But also I went there during the winter so having a change from cold, bitter storms harboring ice and snow to having sun and some clouds, calm winds, and an overall peace of mind of enjoying good weather was nice to have. Kind of like finding a 100 dollar bill or 100 euro bill in your pocket out of nowhere.