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TDP2021: Day27-33 – Back in Town, daily commute to work

Another week as a digital nomad starts – I can reach my office by TWIKE in about 12-14 minutes and I really like trying to discover a new way to get to the office every morning.

A daily commute in Lisbon

A daily commute in Lisbon

 

The only thing I don’t like about Lisbon (and many parts of Portugal) is TWIKE-related: Cobblestones. Lots of this kind of surface…coarse and fine. Very bumpy and definitely the reason why I’ve had to tighten many more screws than under normal circumstances.

Every evening I get to go out with some colleagues from my office or with people that reached out via Twitter.

My evenings usually started here, at the Quiosque just outside our office. Portuguese finger food with beers and drinks – all this in the shade and at very nice sub-30Β°C temperatures. What a life!

The ever-beckoning Quiosque right outside our office

The ever-beckoning Quiosque right outside our office

 

Lots of – finally face to face – catching up which is so much easier over some beers.

One of the Quiosque crews

One of the Quiosque evening crews

 

I also really like working from my temporary Lisbon home. It is such a studious environment which supports my blog-entry writing.

Studious workspace and kitchen

Studious workspace and kitchen

 

Not all pieces of furniture are equally well equipped to support the load they are subjected to πŸ˜‰

Will it collapse?

Will it collapse?

 

The selection of books available is very special –

Lunch

Lunch

Dessert

Dessert

Dinner

Dinner

 

Lisbon is a treasure trove of restaurants – Whilst it is advisable to steer well clear of the restaurants in the tourist area, you can find a great selection for any taste and budget!

Another evening out - slightly higher level of sophistication

Another evening out – slightly higher level of sophistication

 

One of my favourite super-local-hole-in-the-wall-style restaurants is A Gruta de Camoes. Home-made-style food served with love and generosity. Just a few tables and a short menu ensure that the food is always fresh. Later guests might not have all options as the ingredients can just run out.

As local as it gets

As local as it gets

More great food coming up!

More great food coming up!

Oh! These are *all* mine!

Oh! These are *all* mine!

 

Ah, life can be good. LX factory is very touristy – still went there with some new-joiners that had relocated from Austria and were happy to explore the city. LX factory has a bohemian feel to it and is worth at least one visit.

Evening out at LX factory

Evening out at LX factory

 

For me, getting back to the apartment always means quiet and tranquility. The window to the inner courtyard was my favourite as there is always a fresh breeze from the cool winds coming in from the Atlantic. Just perfect.

Later-evening workspace in my apartment

Later-evening workspace in my apartment

 

For the weekend, I decided not to drive to another place far out of town but rather to do what people from Lisbon do: Drive to Cascais and stay at the beach with some water and sandwiches and eating some fresh Bola de Berlin that are sold on the beach by vendors.

Imagine Driving your TWIKE 40 minutes from your apartment to the beach – that’s quality of life!

Parking where no-one else dares to

Parking where no-one else dares to

 

I was also able to capture the following picture one late evening without any traffic. It looks very ‘Tokio Drift’-Style.

Tokyo night style photo of TW560 in Lisbon

Tokyo night style photo of TW560 in Lisbon

 

Unfortunately, TDP2021 will need to take a break for 3 days during the 3rd week in Lisbon. Unforseen business-related reasons require me to fly back to Switzerland for meetings Tuesday to Thursday.

The Sunday evening, however, was a real treat – yet again. I met up with a local entrepreneur who reached out to me via Twitter. We had planned to drive across town and then have some food. His suggestion food-wise was Ponto Final, a place just across Lisbon bay with beautiful views…and a place I hadn’t been yet.

Ponto Final cannot be reached by car. To get there, you park about 2km away and then make your way to the very narrow riverfront. The steep stairs and distance are rewarded by a beautifully serene view and super laid-back places to eat.

Traffic-free Ponto Final

Traffic-free Ponto Final

What a view

What a view

Sunset over 25 April Bridge

Sunset over 25 April Bridge

Twilight Lisbon

Twilight Lisbon

 

One of the last things I’d like to re-iterate:

I totally agree

I totally agree

 

Having to fly back to Switzerland isn’t all bad, though. I can take back home some clothes and things I will no longer need and thus be able to drive even more economically on the way back! πŸ˜€

I’m looking forward to getting back to Portugal to start my epic 2500km drive back home.

A Saturday - beach & town

A Saturday – beach & town