comments after returning home ::
things i liked ::
- the fact that you can drink in public, and even passengers in vehicles.
- Bairro Alto club/bar scene with 1000's hangin out in the streets
- the streets! so tiny, cobblestone, ancient labrynths of Lisbon that i got lost in many times. lost in a good way!
- the people. except for some Portuguese people (who i won't name) that were overworked, stressed, & therefore rude. or maybe they always are?
- Boom Fest. 50% was trance. the other 50% was very inspiring theme camps, art installations, huge bamboo hut for movies & workshops (my friends from Sunshine Coast actually organize this), a 24 hr. 7 day Chillout Zone for downtempo music (my fav), and a world music live band stage! this made the festival really cool!
We all worked real hard at the CosmiKiva Sanctuary psy-crisis tent & that was good experience. We are proposing to do this work at many other gatherings around the globe!
- the ancient Moor Castle, National Palace, & other things in Sintra (half hour from Lisbon). this place has been compared to Lord of Rings because of it's elfin mountainside charm.
- the beaches! Portugal is like the California of Europe. West Coast, baby! Hot sun, beautiful beaches, surfing. the good life!
things i didn't like so much::
- Europe is so expensive compared to Canada/US. eating out at restaurants 3x day didn't help i guess, but we didn't have a kitchen. i was missing all my favorite North American health food & home cooked meals. Plus, being a pescatarian (only fish) that eats mostly vegetarian was challenging. And...they don't eat breakfast in Portugal! just wine, pastry, espresso & off to work!
- The vibe in Lisbon feeling too cramped, dense, less space than my open young Vancouver or other North American big cities i'm used to. I hardly saw any houses in Lisbon. mostly ancient 1800's apartments & narrow streets. no backyard luxuries here, unless your one of the few lucky rich folks that own a castle or to up in the other side of the hill near Sintra.
- Driving like a maniac. People drive way too fast for comfort on the highways! Very dangerous, but it kept me awake & alert!
- Not knowing Portuguese sucked. Language barriers suck. Can't wait til we can download language software for our brains. I want to speak them all! Or maybe English should just be the Universal Language & to hell with the rest of them! They're all dying languages anyway, right?
Overall :: The trip was fantastic. I can't wait to go back to Europe & spend time in each & every country there, & find faults in every single one too!