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TDP2021: Day 20-24 – Lisbon Living/Working, first week

With my vacation over, I start living and working from Lisbon for the next 3 weeks. I’m really happy that my work setup allows me to work from anywhere, as long as I’ve got high-speed internet with a latency below around 75 ms.

From my apartment, my commute to the office takes only 14 minutes. The office itself is located at a central location just off Avenida da Libertade, in an old and typical Lisbon townhouse with high ceilings and large rooms.

Normally, parking in the ‘red’ city centre would cost me a fortune – unless it’s an electric car, in which case parking is free!

Lots of Karma has me parking right in front of my office on the first day:

My office for the next few weeks

My office for the next few weeks

 

Portuguese authorities still restrict the maximum amount of people in an office at the same time. There is a skeleton crew that is at the office every day (immigrants such as me wanting to meet as many people as possible) and a selection of people that have announced their attendance via a shared spreadsheet.

This Monday morning I’m greeted by one of my favourite pastries being offered to everyone: Bola da Berlin! Yum – lots of calories to start the day!

Portuguese office life

Portuguese office life

Monday morning at the office...pastries waiting for us...

Monday morning at the office…pastries waiting for us…

 

My digital nomad office life isn’t something I’m going to bore you with – my days are long and typically I get out late wanting a beer and some relaxation – Lisbon is a good place to do just that!

Having a relaxing beer at the port

Having a relaxing beer at the port

 

I either walk or take the TWIKE to discover more of Lisbon without any pressure timewise. My bucket list of things to see grows every day, as everyone I speak to has a special place to recommend.

Staying longer-term in a city has one other perk – you get to live in a neighborhood and greet/get to know people. Let me show you the place I’m staying, which is a real treat and definitely not the usual AirBnB IKEA affair:

It’s located in Alcantâra, close to LX factory and the river – perfect for my daily runs.

The apartment is old, non-renovated but has loads of charm, complete with high ceilings.

My Lisbon apartment

My Lisbon apartment

My neighborhood

My neighborhood

Too many books for an IKEA product

Too many books for an IKEA product

Even in the kitchen

Even in the kitchen

My apartment is a library

My apartment is a library

My 'hood'

My ‘hood’

 

I was super happy to have had help to find a place to not only park securely but also charge my TWIKE during the night at a very acceptable price. The garage itself provided me with a remote to access and park my TWIKE at any hour.

My parking garage for the week

My parking garage for the week

 

Thanks to Twitter and the @TWIKE_560 account, I was in immediately in touch with a number of people that wanted to meet – which meant that quite a few of my evenings were filled with driving around Lisbon with locals wanting to experience the TWIKE.

One late afternoon, during an activity that I’ll be writing about soon, I thought it would be nice to take some pictures of TW560 close to Lisbon’s iconic April 25 bridge. Hope you like them –

Product placement pic

Product placement pic

Product placement pic II

Product placement pic II

Product placement pic III

Product placement pic III

Always popular with everyone

Always popular with everyone

Serious picture-taking going on

Serious picture-taking going on

Here, I pretend to be a bike

Here, I pretend to be a bike

Lisbon suits the TWIKE well

Lisbon suits the TWIKE well

 

What I also did, was to visit some of the many Miradouro’s dotted around Lisbon to catch a glimpse of the town from above.

One of Lisbon's many Miradouro's

One of Lisbon’s many Miradouro’s

 

Tourists in Lisbon are ferried around not only by the historic trams criss-crossing the town and the ubiquitous Uber’s but also by an armada of electric three-wheeler tuk-tuk’s – I thought it might be fun to just park in-midst of them and see who would want to book a ride with me…which was most of the tourists. 🙂

Want a ride with me?

Want a ride with me?

 

My first week was over in no time – For the weekend I decided that I wanted to drive a little bit north and stay at one of the beaches there. An AirBnB was quickly found and I joined Lisbon’s late Friday afternoon traffic and drove all the way to Foz de Arelho on the motorway.

There is always another hill waiting for you in Portugal

There is always another hill waiting for you in Portugal

Light traffic out of Lisbon on the motorway

Light traffic after leaving urban Lisbon

 

The special thing about Foz is that it has Europe’s largest in-land bay – a saltwater body extending 9km inland.

Mist over the bay looking out to the sea

Mist over the bay looking out to the sea

 

Maria, my AirBnB host insisted we go to the sea – which surprised me with dramatic lighting and large waves – complete with mist being blown over the beach due to the strong, cool winds being blown in from the Atlantic.

Dramatic views of the sea

Dramatic views of the sea

Finally a picture of meee & and the sea

Finally a picture of me & and the sea

Foz's sandbank and water entering the bay

Foz’s sandbank and water entering the bay

 

I’m looking forward to the weekend – relaxing and writing some entries for this blog.

Direct, motorway-only driving

Direct, motorway-only driving