In praise of wandering – guide to getting lost in Lisbon
Urban Walk by Joana Stichini Vilela
Lisbon has only one name but at least half a million cities in itself, as many as the people who inhabit it. Actually more, if we count those who are passing through, whether for work or leisure. For those who live here, the city is a dynamic body, changing as we explore it: new buildings, avenues, houses, friends and loves. New rebirths. Most of us, however, tend to reduce our reality, ultimately infinite, to the limitations of daily chores – and matching prohibitions. When was the last time you got lost in Lisbon? When was the last time you took a random route to work, or intentionally put yourself in the hands of luck or bad luck on your way home? Following a 100-year-old travel guide, letting your dog walk you, placing a coin on a map and walking that circular path are just some of the ways to get around your limitations and venture into an unknown city which, at that moment, will become part of you.