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Remote Year offers an opportunity to break from routine and see what the world has in store for you. Our first week in Lisbon, Portugal was a chaotic whirlwind of new people, new spaces, new adventures, and a whole lot of eye candy for this food & travel photographer!
I captured well over 1,000 images in just over a week! At this rate, I’ll fill hundreds of external hard drives in a year of travelling. But Lisbon is such a riot of colour and chaos, beauty in decay, old vs. new—you can’t help but stop and snap every few moments. Here are some of my favourite food & travel photos from our first week in Lisbon, Portugal.
You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.
Eat With the Locals
The Portuguese people do it right. Mealtimes are special bonding times, not to be rushed or ordered for “takeaway” (which is a relatively new phenomenon here, I’m told).
Spending leisurely time at the table with friends and family is a way of life here, and I like it! Sharing stories and experiences, learning about the new culture you’re immersed in, and enjoying expertly created, local food is a luxurious treat.
I often do get to enjoy this type of meal at home with my “foodie meetup” group. And I was excited to recreate the experience in Lisbon. So I was one of the first to register for what is known as a “plus” event with Remote Year.
Our local Experience Manager, Goncalo Regalado, created an exceptionally delicious multi-course meal for a small group of Remotes. His life partner, Teresa, assisted in the preparations and our local General Manager, Ligia Gomes, a well-known food blogger here in Portugal, joined us as a co-host.
The dinner was a huge highlight for me, and I managed to capture some shots while enjoying the company, the food, and the expansive view of Lisbon’s skyline.
Walking into Goncalo’s apartment was like walking into the pages of Architectural Digest magazine.
Goncalo explains the origins and traditions behind Portuguese food to our group of hungry participants, while Teresa keeps our glasses filled with Sangria.
The appetizers were gobbled up quickly. Try adding bubbly-hot homemade pumpkin jam to soft cheese and Portuguese bread. Oh my!
Below, Goncalo prepares a traditional Portuguese appetizer called Chourico Assado, a flaming sausage cooked over rubbing alcohol.
A toast to the memorable experience! With locally-made Rose wine from a small producer in the Duoro region that flowed copiously throughout the hours-long dinner. Our hosts Ligia on the left, and Goncalo in the middle.
As if eating and drinking until the wee hours of the morning the night before wasn’t enough, I also registered in another “plus” event the next day. Who doesn’t want to learn how to mix cocktails, and compete with your fellow Remotes, in a popular Portuguese cocktail bar??
Marcus & Tania, owners and bartenders at 4 Caravelas Cocktail Bar in the heart of Lisbon, gave expert instruction on the art of mixing cocktails, and injected a ton of fun by staging some creative competitive action.
Maria starts us off with a shot!
Ever tried mixing cocktails while blindfolded? You need a good coach to win! Igor & Alex, Alyssa & Natasha go head to head in friendly competition.
Dylan shows off his winning shaker style while his mixing partner Kaydee looks on.
One-handed cocktail mixing with a partner can conjure up some goofy facial expressions. Nikki and Whitney do their best while Marcus coaches from behind.
A wide open day with plenty of heat and sunshine. What to do? Could have done some blogging, photo editing, bookkeeping, laundry… or could have jumped on the back of Adam’s motorcycle and joined the other scooter-ers on a #SundayFunday.
So many #level3fun stories evolved over this day, from people getting separated and almost lost, to a couple of Remotes who toppled over and needed a hospital visit, to another group who wisely chose to stay overnight in Cascais after enjoying the post-lunch beach time just a little too much….
For me, the highlight of the day had to be the wonderous meal we enjoyed at the Café Galeria House of Wonders, in the beautiful seaside town of Cascais. When the big group of us arrived on the rooftop patio, the restaurant’s owner offered to create a family-style feast for us. And what a feast it was! Everything was so fresh, local, and delicious. And the sangria helped it all go down. 🙂
Heading north to Cascais on #SundayFunday. Photo credit: Andrei Beno
Just a few of the many dishes we devoured at Café Galeria House of Wonders, Cascais, Portugal
Some my new amigas and amigos hamming it up at Café Galeria House of Wonders, Cascais, Portugal
That’s it for this week…
Week 1 of my Remote Year Curie was all about food & fun! And a whole lot of wine. Chaotic days and nights, creating new bonds with new people, exploring new places and adventures.
Honestly, it was all a bit overwhelming. In a good way. But I had moments, sometimes waves, of loneliness and grief over missing my home and my people.
I’m pretty sure the organizers know we will all be off-kilter in our first week on Remote Year, so they throw many distractions at us to keep us putting one foot in front of the other. Wise.
This week is all about settling in to work and routines. So my next blog will give you a peek into the reality of being a #digitalnomad.
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Hi, I’m Barbara Cameron. I love travel and all that it brings: people, food & drink, photography, adventure, culture, architecture, history, and more. I'd love for you to follow along as I share the journeys I've been on and the ones yet to come. I’ll share my wisdom, my travel stories, and my travel photos.
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Looks absolutely wonderful Barb ! So looking forward to seeing and hearing about your whole year as it unfolds! What is the average age of the group ?
Thanks Glynis! It’s definitely unfolding in wild and wonderful ways. I would say the bulk of my group is between 25-35 years old. Then there are a handful in their 40s, then a couple of us older than that 🙂
Delicious pictures. Yum
It really was mega-yum! And so authentically Portuguese.
Love your first post and pictures Barb!!! I knew you would be enthralled with Lisbon as you were when you spent a week photographing with us in Portugal, May 2016. (pictoursportugal.com)
I certainly understand about the waves of emotions. I had all kinds of them when I lived in Sintra for three years. Thankfully I was able to have lots of chats with family and friends using Facetime, What’s App, and Facebook messenger. I was blessed with wonderful Portuguese friends who took me out for coffee and kept me engaged photographing amazing seascapes, charming little villages, palaces and cathedrals, and, of course, the eye candy in Lisbon. Once I was settled, I used to go there a lot by train and wander the various neighbourhoods.
So happy to hear you are taking it all in. Sunday Fundays sound amazing and the Plus adventures will continue to make your days extra special.
I’m looking forward to your next post. Keep smiling and remember to breathe! I’m sending you a big hug.
Thank-you Marion! Yes I am trying to stay connected with friends and family back home, and am making many new friends here! I am completely engaged now in photographing, the challenge is to sort and edit the travel photos I want to share. I know you know all about that!
Oh Barb! It’s all looking so amazing already:) Beautiful photos! Feeling kinda hungry now lol
Oh Maureen! It is amazing already! And so much great food & wine, I’ve had to make sure I get good exercise every day 🙂
How amazing Barb!! You will settle! And with so many new adventures to look forward to, home will not occupy your thoughts quite so much as you go along. Thank goodness for technology to keep us in touch with our loved ones. A whole year away doing what you love is such a gift! Looking forward to seeing more pics. These are fabulous and your writing is wonderful!
Thanks so much Denise. You’re right, the settling has already begun but each day still brings new adventures. Glad you are enjoying these posts!