Lisbon is not just a city with buildings, roads and facilities. It’s a city with character.
Just try to get a walk in the city center and you will get lost. Not only literally. Either lying under the sun in one of the parks near the river Tejo or watching the view of the city from Castelo de São Jorge, you soon realize your thoughts are blown away and you just can’t help it.
Loneliness in Lisbon is a choice. The world meets at Bairro Alto, a traditional neighborhood full of wonderful old buildings with old people that during the nights turns into the most famous and live area of the city. You can hear the loud voices and laughs as you approach the place and when you arrive you see people from all around the world sitting on the pavements outside of cozy bars, drinking and laughing loudly. It only takes a beer and a smile to meet someone and spend the whole night telling stories. If you ever get tired of this, you just need to walk for ten minutes and rest your eyes and mind in a miradouro*.
I found myself several times wondering around in the city, trying to put myself together. I never made it. I used to walk from Alcantara near the river, towards Baixa which I left behind quickly to enter the narrow streets and slippery pavements of the magic area of Alfama and to end in a miradouro in Graça watching the sunset. Sunsets in this city have something in particular. The warm colors of the sun turn the whole city into a reddish palette and you feel a part of it. I always felt more than welcome in these places, though the city never gave me the answers I needed. But it always convinced me to be patient. It always calmed me enough to realize that answers is not what I should be seeking. Sometimes questions are enough to make a decision.
* The Miradouros are typical esplanades that one can find all arround Portugal, usually offering great views to cities, beautiful landscapes, or to the sea.