First Lisbon visit (day 38)

Day 38 – Saturday, 27.10.2012
Waking up at 7:00 isn’t usually on our “to do” list, but today it was worth it. Gaja and I decided to go to Lisbon for a day! So we went to the train that leaves Caldas da Rainha at 8:30 and we were there on time. The train started moving few minutes late, but that’s ok, we’re in Portugal, that’s normal. =) We were moving for about 100m when the train stopped and we didn’t know why, but we thought it must be because of the rails or something. But then some woman rushed by and she went to the train driver and obviously she was on the wrong train and we were really surprised when we drove back to the station and let the lady switch the trains! Seriously?! That would NEVER happen in Slovenia, they would probably just say: “Get off on the next station.” =)
Anyway, we were on our way to Lisbon with almost 30minutes delay, but surprisingly we arrived there about 15 minutes before we were supposed to. We still didn’t figure out why was that. =) Well, it’s Portugal. =)
So we arrived to Lisbon and we took the subway to some station that was closer to the sea where the city center is. We came out of the subway on some square where people we dancing, singing and playing the traditional Portuguese music. It was nice! Then we just went into some alley and started to walk along it and we noticed some gallery. It was a museum of contemporary art and we decided to check it out. It was awesome! One painting reminded me of my mom, though I’m not really sure why, but it just did. And I loved the building in which this gallery is situated. It’s such a beautiful mixture of old and modern!
Since Gaja and I had no specific plan for the day we decided to continue our way along the street to the sea side that we saw on the end. Then we wanted to visit the cathedral and the castle on the hill but when we reached the main square at the sea side we were just so happy we wanted to sit down and relax on the sun a bit. It was such nice weather, sunny and warm, so we sat there in just some light t-shirts! Then Gaja said: “You do realize it’s going to be November soon and we’re like this?” And we started to laugh even more when we remembered the weather forecast for Slovenia is already snow and cold! =D Haha!
After Gaja had her cup of coffee and I had my glass of fresh lemonade we went to the sea and we loved the feeling, the view, the energy… Everything! =D We were in Lisbon! =D Then we went to the main street that goes from that square and it’s full of shops. Well, part of the reason for this trip was some shopping too, because we realized we will need some more clothes for the winter. And we were AMAZED when we stepped into Zara and noticed it has 5 stories, -1 was Zara Home (that we don’t even have in Slovenia), then 0 and 1 were Woman, 2 were Kids and 3 were Men. But the offer was so much better than in Slovenia! Then we went to H&M and not only there were many more different clothes than at home, but also everything was in order, it was neat and organized. Back home I always get the feeling I’m in some cheap store, but that was not the case here. =) And when we came into the store some seller came to Gaja and asked her if she needs some help, if she understands all the signs in the store, he told us in which story is particular clothing and so on. Also he showed us the floor on which we were standing and told us we are on a glass, but under it there are Roman ruins! It was so awesome! =D
Ok after we finished with shopping we came across the design and fashion museum that even had free entrance. So we went to check it out and we were quite impressed. There were so many famous and really awesome designs! Not just clothes, but also furniture and décor. So it was really worth visiting! =D
Then we were a bit hungry and we didn’t have enough time to get proper lunch, so I did something I never do, I went to McDonalds. I wanted to eat some salad but they didn’t have it at the moment! Oh come on! Then I did something totally not usual for me, I ate fries… Well, I’m not proud of it, but I can live with it. =) Anyway, after the unhealthy lunch we went to the subway again and went to the different part of the city where we had to find a shop with photo equipment. We had to buy some photo papers for developing photos and some more films for medium format camera. And when we came into the shop we were surprised to see how many things they have! All kinds of films, all kinds of cameras, the lights, flashes, tripods… Pretty much everything! Even a camouflage tent for all the wild-life photographers. =) Haha!
Then we asked some guy if he can tell us which way we have to go to get to the main train station and he showed us where the nearest subway is. But we knew we’re quite close to that station so we asked which way if we want to walk. And he asked with those surprised eyes and tone: “You will walk? It’s about 15 minutes!” Haha! But he showed us the right way anyway. =) And we passed a nice park on our way there and we found the train station, bought the tickets and got to the train on time. We had a private train actually. Well, it was not really private, but we were the only ones on it for most of the time. I think there was some man on the train for a short time too. It’s funny how most people don’t use public transport at all. Except subways and trams in the city itself, that’s a different story. =)
So we came home safely, we had a great day, we fell in love with Lisbon and we are so happy that we went! Well, we’re happy in general anyway! =D So photo gallery for all of you… =D I did some experimenting with my Olympus and used some effects, so photos are mostly a bit… unusual? =D Enjoy! =)


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