Portugal (& back through Spain): Fall-Winter 2002 (10)index | previous | TI home | next
1. Lisbon (cont'd)The best subway murals of all are at the Oriente station, gateway to the 1998 World's Fair site. So that's why the bus station is so futuristic. There's also a large shopping centre called Vasco de Gama, which could easily be a mall in Vancouver or anywhere else in the First World. The modern buildings seemed to riff on the tiles that covered buildings in the older parts of town.
The last night in Lisbon, in search of the city's famous cherry liquor called Jinja, Cat met some university students who invited him to visit their meeting and regale him with tales of Portugese history and sociology. When Cat told them how much enjoyment he got from the visit, the students told the ex-teacher that he deserved it. Maybe the nicest thing anyone had said to Cat in his more than half century. Fumiyo noticed that unlike Spain, where people turned away when she smled at them, in Portugal people smiled back.