Lisbon’s up there as one of our all time top capital cities. It’s also the city responsible for introducing me to the magical contraption known as a Segway. I thought I’d be bored on a Segway after about ten minutes… I was not. It did help that we had a guy with us taking us to all the best places to eat and drink all over the city but I digress. I see a Segway purchase in my future. Not the poxy little one, the off road version that jumps off gutters and climbs straight up the walls of buildings. It’s happening.
We had two other introductions in Lisbon that are worth a mention.
1) Pastéis de nata, more commonly known as the Portuguese tart. This is a custard tart of epic proportions albeit quite small. I could eat six thousand of these bad boys and still want more. For the love of all that is good, if you go to Lisbon DO NOT LEAVE until you have been to Pastés de Belém and made yourself sick over indulging on the greatest custard tart you’ll ever find. Those guys make nothing else, just Pastéis de nata and they churn out 50,000 every single day. If that’s not testament to how good they are then I don’t know what is. Even Ashy Bines would walk out of there a fatty. Maybe even a fat tart.
2) Football (or soccer for those of us who know what real football is). We went to our first big football match here and I don’t think we could have had a wilder introduction. The dude who took us around on the segways told us about this huge match that was on. He even told us where to buy tickets from a dodgy scalper if the official tickets sold out – that turned out to be a good bit of advice. We watched Benfica versus Sporting – the two big teams from Lisbon and it was a total rush for the entire game. 63,000 mental Portuguese peeps banging drums, blowing shit up, lighting flares in the crowd, running onto the pitch and hugging players when they scored blah blah blah, you get the point. It was unreal.
Portuguese people are still my favourite so far. Super friendly with a touch of crazy. Perfect.
Segway: These pics are all from the Sony RX100 point and shoot. If you are in the market for a new compact camera just stop looking now and buy the RX100. It’s got a monster 1″ sensor, great optics, shoots raw so they’re great for editing and it just generally takes brilliant photos. We have put ours through the ringer since December and it’s a champion.