Rescuing Great Memories 2: Lisbon, March 2006…

Continuing with the “Rescuing Great Memories” section, today I want to shared some photos taken during my stay in Lisbon, Portugal, (March 9th-11th, 2006).

I spent two and a half days in the Portuguese capital and it was a quite crazy experience. I took a bus at midnight from Seville and arrived in Lisbon at 5:30 am. I stayed inside the bus station for a while and when it was clear (around 7 am.) I began walking… and walking… and walking. Basically, I spent approx. 15 hours wandering around the city: Praça Marquês de Pombal, Praça do Rossio, Praça do Comércio, Castelo de São Jorge, Torre de Belém…

When I was walking around the Praça do Rossio, two men offered me marijuana. Later, when I arrived at the Praça do Comércio, a beautiful girl approached me and told me -in Portuguese- that we had spent a wild night of sex, drugs, and alcohol a year before; then, she added that I was a complete douchebag because I never called her back. I tried to deny everything -in Spanish- but she was quite convinced about what she was saying…

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(She said we spent a wild night together but the truth is…)

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Fernando Pessoa Turns 125: Pessoa is Dead, Long Live Pessoa!…

On June 13th 1888, the most important contemporary Portuguese poet was born in Lisbon: Fernando Pessoa. Pessoa was not a mere poet; he became multiple poets by “inventing” alter-egos (his famous “heteronyms”) who had their own biographies and poetic styles. For instance, while Ricardo Reis (born in Oporto, 1887) had an intellectual almost fatalistic approach to life and poetry, Alvaro de Campos (Tavira, 1890) had different poetic phases, varying from extreme vitalism to a decadent melancholia. Other famous heteronyms are Alberto Caeiro (the master of most of the heteronyms), António Mora, Bernardo Soares, and Fernando Pessoa himself.

I don’t remember when I discovered Fernando Pessoa’s poetry. But what I do remember is that by 2003 Ricardo Reis was already my favorite heteronym. I remember this because I used to call one of the most special friends I have ever had “Lidia” (in English, “Lydia”), one of the women Ricardo Reis addresses to in his poems:

lidia as(This is Ángela, aka Lidia. Lima, 2008)

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