Portugal, Man, Portugal

Lisboa 001

Streetcars, Museums, and Big Red Suspension Bridges? But, Honey, we’re not in Sarancisco anymore!

portugal-map

In a massive effort to help San Francisco get over itself, Lisboa has surreptitiously nudged the Bay city out of its complete monopoly of quaint, charismatic iconography. Lisboa 009 Following up on its perception as that country where people speak “almost Spanish,” Lisbon is spearheading the Portuguese project to solidify a stable second place, as an “almost San Francisco”.

By the time you read this, I will already have packed my bags to fly to Lisbon, Portugal,

no seriously, this is NOT the golden gate bridge. Its the Ponte 25 de Abril

no seriously, this is NOT the golden gate bridge. Its the Ponte 25 de Abril

where I will be for a few days before heading on a secret anthropological mission (its more fun when we put it that way) to the Cape of Africa. If you missed my earlier post mapping the portuguese speaking world– from Iberia itself to Brazil, litoral Africa and here and there throughout Asia, you should click on this orange part, cuz its actually a really nice map.

Gearing up for a journey to the old colonial metropole is plenty justification to hit you up with, ya know more maps.

so. Lets get some perspective of the lay of the land
mapa2

and now we can zoom in to the centro
mapa1

in case you missed my post about my love for metrô systems (and maps thereof), you can go check that out, and consider this an update with more contemporary relevance. In fact, you may as well check out all those orange links. It may be a few days before I can get back to the bloggies.

Metro_Lisboa_with_suburban_railway_lines

Great. So, that thing I was saying about packing for six weeks on the road? I’ma go do that now. Enjoy Portugal, the Man (a band from Alaska, of all foggy far off places). Thusly, portugal the band:

Boa Viagem!

The World is Yrs,
Sunshine Superboy

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4 Responses to “Portugal, Man, Portugal”

  1. nice, all i have to say… very nice!!
    u the man

  2. This is a good picture of NY!!

  3. lololol you are so funny!!!! Lisbon is the capital of a country with almost 1000 years old and history is all over the place. So you think that Lisbon is trying to copy a city with not even 300 years old. Yeap, that is about right. Specially because cities full of history need to do so…
    I believe that after you spend some time there, you will see how ridiculous that sounds. About the language being similar to Spanish, well, where to start. I guess it is hard to know the difference if you are used to hear just one language all the time, everything doubled, etc.
    So no harm done, just your opinion. This is mine

    • Sunshine Superboy Says:

      Ha Ha! Engraçada, n’é? Sabe que nem estou acostumado a ouvir somente uma língua. Sería ridiculo, não é? Eu sei muito bem que o Portugal já esteve uma força colonial, dominando uma porção do mundo bem antes que os 49ers chegaram ao San Francisco/ California. Sei tembêm que as espanholas já estavam em San Francisco mais cedo ainda, e que a Area Bahia de San Francisco tem uma história indígena que tem muitos séculos- antes que as viagems de De Gama ou o Príncipe Henrique. Agora… o capital impéro de Portugal se mudó para o Brasil (Rio mesmo!), então tudo mudo pode dividir a gloria da “história europea” hein? Oh also, I spent some time there last summer (2009). I loved Lisboa! I highly recommend checking it out to anyone who is curious.

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