I went to Lisbon for my birthday. This was something I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but it didn’t come about until last month. Well it was worth waiting for. I fell in love with that beautiful city, and will go back again for a more extended visit in the future. I could go on and on about the lovely architecture, the amazing weather, all the monuments and beautiful houses ad infinitum, but there were other things that made a deeper impact. Lisbon reminded me of what’s important; That less really is more. That the surface is just that, and what is beneath is so much more real and interesting. That maybe having less can spark a new creative way of thinking. That sharing what little you have proudly is worth more than just displaying your wealth. I’m sure I’m romanticizing a bit, but this is the feeling that stayed with me during my visit, and the feeling I brought home to cherish. There was filth and poverty and abandoned buildings, but also, quiet, smiles, a slow tempo and Fado. This mixture suits me just fine, and taken together with innovation and creativity and good food, I mean hey, it’s all OK!

I took hundreds of pictures during my stay, we’ll see what they’ll bring. Below two simple spreads from my Travel Journal.