I suppose a small introduction is necessary. I’m Kirsty,  I’m 21 and I’m a a student in my penultimate year of a Hispanic Studies degree. Last year I went to Ceuta, which is a teeny tiny part of Spain which borders Morocco, however this year I’ve had the good fortune to be working in Portugal’s capital and Europe’s cheapest capital – Lisbon!!

I was given a few days to travel about, and from the looks of things it might be one of the last chances I get to properly explore, as my hostel is pretty competitive. These some pictures I have taken on my wanderings around here. I’ll try and update as much as I can, but it really depends on the time scale of things!!


As some of you might know from my original travel blog (click the picture to go to it if you don’t!) I quite like these love lock images. I found this little pair on the railings of the Tower of Belem (Torre de Belém). If you buy a train card in Lisbon do not through it away!! Re-charge it and you can get on the tower for the cost of a train journey, which is about one euro. If not, it’s five euros, but it really is worth. Boarding a rickety elevator maybe isn’t everyone’s idea of fun, but it is a step back in time and lifts your spirits (ho ho ho…) The tower was built to join the lower areas of Lisbon with Barrio Alto – which is now the Bohemian centre of Lisbon, and the Capital’s popular night-life zone. Once you are up the tower I would suggest you climb the spiral steps (carefully) and head straight to the tops to see staggering views of the whole of Lisbon. I went at around 2pm on a sunny day, but I plan on going back at dusk.


These are some snaps from the tower:

< To the river

To the old church >



The old church is one of the oldest buildings in Lisbon. In the earthquake that hit Iberia in 1755 it was one of the only buildings that remained intact. The Portuguese realised that it was because of the inner and outer arches, which made the foundations and form of the building a lot stronger. They used this as a stepping stone to modern earthquake proof buildings! 

Until two years ago the Portuguese guitar was only allowed to be played by Portuguese men. I know, right? However, to commemorate the abolishment of this law the government put these strange things all around the city

DSCN1140If you are ever in Lisbon (and if you are hit me up) have a look out for these. Each one is different. I’m not sure how many there are here but I think I’m going to make it a mission to find all of them. I’ve seen two so far. The other one had blue fishnets on with little fish in them.

Seeing as the abolishment of this law some time ago now I’m not sure why these things are still up? Not complaining, I love all things quirky. Answers on a postcard please!

There’s some pretty interesting graffiti around where this picture was taken. There is a mural which is government protected which shows the story of Portugal, and the myths and legends (and facts) of how it’s traditions came to be. It’s near Morreria (there is almost definitely a spelling mistake there) and well worth a gander if you are near by. 

And finally, I leave you with two things.

1) There is currently a production of Macbeth showing. Coincidence?

2) The cat on a hot pink roof!!


If anyone has any questions or comments please feel free to fire away!


Author: Kirsty

24, severe wanderlust

10 thoughts on “Settling”

  1. Hey Kirsty, welcome to SGG! I wanted to visit Lisbon when I studied abroad but didn’t have a chance, I did manage to go to Oporto though which was quite lovely (have you been there yet?). What kind of work are you doing?

    Also I just saw that you study at the University of Glasgow – I visited there while in Scotland and you’re so lucky to have such a beautiful campus!

    1. I’m working in a hostel just now. Today was my first day! I’ve not been to Oporto but it’s certainly on my radar! Thanks for the heads up! 🙂 xx

  2. What a great introduction and welcome to SGG! We have a few students studying in Glasgow right now so perhaps you can help them out if they have any questions 🙂 Portugal seems like such a cool place to study abroad – plus I heard they party hard 😉

    1. I’d love to help out!! I’ve been there for three years now so any questions about it let me know! Thanks for the feedback! 🙂

    1. I worked in Ceuta for 9 months with the British Council scheme. How are you finding your time abroad? Thanks for the feedback!

  3. Welcome to SGG, Kirsty! Thanks a lot for blogging with us 🙂 This info is really cool, and what a great view from the tower. How long have you been in Portugal? What about Lisbon made you decide to head there to work?

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  4. Olá Kirsty! I have no idea how I came across this, but I like it 😉 I read your posts and am following you on tumblr now (stalker much?) 😉 hahah
    Well, I am Erasmus student in our beautiful Lisboa since the begining of September and until June. Good luck and enjoy our beautiful city!! 😉

    1. Oh thanks!! Which university are you at? You can email me privately if you feel more comfortable that way! And thank you for the follow! I’ll check out your blog in due course, I’m a very half hearted tumbleee! I hope you’re enjoying Lisbon – what are your favorite spots there?

      1. Hi hi! I’m at ISCTE – in Cidade Universitaria 😉 No worries, I have those crazy stay-on-the-internet-and-read days (when I find interesing stuff like this!) 😀 and others that I just disappear, so don’t worry, I know how it is 😀
        Well, Lisbon is amazing and first thing that pops in my mind is miradouros (i-dunno-how-to-spell-that) 😉 and now that the weather is back to amazing there is nothing not to like 😉 What are your spots? Did you visit Sintra yet?

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