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Lisbon after 8 30PM this Friday past. Views from @rossiogastrobar
Three months in Europe (Chamonix, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, Azores, London) but mostly Lisbon and surrounds, has drawn to a close. As we pack up boxes to be stored in an attic, clear the fridge stocked with cheeses from the Netherlands and around Portugal, delectable Indian mangoes bought by the box-full in London, and select the regular faves of canned sardines, Algarve salt and too-many spices and jams collected over the last 90 days, I can’t say where the time really went. I always feel a little morose - saudade if you will - saying goodbye to Portugal. 🇵🇹 🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹🇵🇹
Goodbye to the metro that rattles this top-floor flat in a crummy building constructed in the 18th century which I elected for its historical value; to the small congregations of African folks from the former colonies that gather selling vegetables and swapping stories below my window; to the young Sikh men who hang around the LimeS scooters outside the building’s door near the greengrocer where locals buy €1 bowls of soup all day; to the coiffed ladies who walk up the wooden staircase for lunch at Confeiteria Nacional, one of the city’s oldest pastry stores, conveniently across the square from me; hell, even to the cheeky hashish sellers positioned suspiciously next to the strawberry vendors en route Rossio who peddle crushed dried bayleaves, I’m told; to the growing summer tourist masses who engage the tuk tuk drivers who have been optimistically gathering on the square since February; to the good people - friends old and new who gifted us their time, tips and support — goodbye to you all. Until next time, a pasteis de nata and a breathtaking view of the city and the castle for the weary but grateful.
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