PORTUGAL

A quiet trip along the coastline.

By Chad Gerber

A quiet trip along the coastline.

At this point on our round-the-world adventure, we'd visited four continents and sixteen countries and explored a great many natural and man-made wonders, and while it has been amazing, it has also been exhausting, both on the body and on the mind. We needed a break – especially after the hustle and bustle of Morocco – and we were about to enter Europe, with Portugal as our gateway, so it was only logical for us to seize that break in Lisbon, where we indulged in the world-class Portuguese lifestyle for just over a week.

After Ramadan in Egypt and Morocco, we were honestly just keen to sit on our asses and watch Netflix and eat takeout, and that's what we did. Though when we were caught up on our favourite TV shows and bloated with Portuguese food, we went out and explored the city, marvelling at pastel buildings, art instalments, and the quaint beauty of the Lisbon foreshore.

After a few days of wandering the city, we caught up with our friends Goncalo and Patricia, who took us on a road trip up the coast. Climbing over the hill from Lisbon to Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, the weather took a sudden change, and the clouds choked out the sky. Lucky for us, Goncalo had a four-wheel drive and knew some secret, off-the-road spots, where we could literally drive right up to the best viewpoints. We barely had to leave the car, much to the favour of our legs.

At sunset the next day, after loading up on fresh seafood and wine, we returned to the Lisbon foreshore, to a vantage point over the Ponte 25 de Abril bridge, where I snapped a glorious sunset. Having caught the sun on the way down, it felt right to catch it on the way up. So the next morning I tried my luck at another famous bridge, the Vasco da Gama.

I know myself... pretty well, and when I set time aside for rest, I almost always get bored and end up going out to take photos or film something. So this time, we removed all temptation by putting away our cameras and heading to the small coastal town of Lagos, where we indulged in pasta, pizza, ice-cream, and trawler-loads more seafood. Because why not, right?

Portugal was our time to recover from hauling luggage and pushing ourselves to grow as artists. It was about indulgence, time away from the camera and PC, and binge-watching Netflix.

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Written by Chad Gerber, Edited by Nick Petrou