While I did expect the romance of the winding old streets and the timeless trams which amble continuously through the city, I was surprised by the warmth of the welcome and the generosity of spirit in those I encountered. I’ve not been to a European capital where I have felt so warmly recieved, many a (certainly European) city could learn much from those working in Lisbon’s hospitality sector.
There is something in the hazy glow of neon (or lighting made to look like neon) which I find reassuring. Perhaps it is in the cast it throws onto nearby surfaces, or that is much less penetrating than a bright white light and allows the night to remain in darkness.
While being able to say ‘We took an apartment in Paris” is without a doubt a tremendous privilege (even if it was only for a couple of weeks), it was also a great escape into a different slant on the European winter.
Pacific Northwest, 2017
Since living in Seattle in the early 2000s, the Pacific Northwest has always held a very special place in my heart. With the distance, and so many other places in the world to see, I was extremely grateful to get the opportunity to revisit some old haunts and to explore some new places.