Alone In Lisbon
skirt - All About Aud
I went to Lisbon on my own and it was great. The city is so charming and of course I expected it would be nice out there but it just surpassed my expectations. Like I said I went alone and I'm not trying to say that I wouldn't enjoy it with somebody else but I just want to encourage more people to do it. I know some women wouldn't go travelling on their own and I can definitely see why BUT don't let your fears to stop you. You never know who you can meet and you can be incredibly selfish when travelling alone and that feels awesome. So if you feel like going somewhere, you have some money and time then just do it. It will be worth it. You can meet a lot more people when you're alone which usually happens in hostel's dorms. I don't like listening to strangers snoring (I believe that my snoring is frankly better) so I booked myself a private room. I was thinking that I did in fact meet one of my best friends in A hostel but I didn't believe I would get this lucky again and it was same price to sleep in a dorm full of people or alone.
It only cost me €10/night for my (tiny) room featuring a (tiny) balcony with a lovely view in the centre of Lisbon. Lisbon is so cheap in comparison to other places I've been. I had quite a few pancakes and waffles in Lisbon and of course lots of pastries. In restaurants I always sat alone at a table for two and ordered enough food for three. It really was cheap and I live in England so almost anywhere in Europe is cheaper to be honest. I think Portugal is good for meat eaters but there was plenty of vegetarian and vegan restaurants, lots of smoothie bars and all of that.
Public transport is very easy to access and understand in Lisbon. I really liked their trams which take you up some of the biggest hills and there's only five lines. It's always just one carriage with 20 seats with a wooden floor and windows you can lean out from (there's a sign 'do not lean out of the window' but that's not important right now). They have been in operation since 1873! Aww cute little trams. They make funny noises too and go through really beautiful narrow streets of Lisbon. I recommend taking the 28E which takes you around all the monuments and it's just so much fun. There's buses and underground too. For all of the transport you buy a card from the machines you find at most stations and then you can top it up every time you need it/buy a single ticket or 24h ticket for €6. To be fair you can just walk around most of the time if you like walking and hills.
I spent four hours in Museu Colecção Berardo which is an absolutely amazing museum of modern and contemporary art. I loved it. For my Czech readers (Vidim Vas!) I'd like to mention that there's Jindrich Styrsky's painting. It has several floors, the entry is free and in their collection you find pieces by Picasso, Dalí etc. It is right by popular monument called Belem and Lisboa's famous bridge Ponte 25 de Abril.
I also want to mention that there's an abundance of nice views of Lisbon in the city. I always walked somewhere, got lost a little and suddenly there was a hill in front of me and every single time it was worth climbing up. I must have seen Lisboa from all the angles it has. Seriously the most fun I've had was when I was getting lost in these narrow streets (thank god for google maps) eating chocolate and just enjoying this chilled place. Everyone is really relaxed there, you know. People were talking to me a lot in Portugese, like they would point at me and say something. Who knows what they were saying but when approached they were very friendly.
My favourite parts: Bairro Alto and Chiada (that's where I stayed).