Evaluate the beauty/ugliness of the lesser-seen and more authentic parts of the city and bring Lisbon to life in a unique way. Through the medium of humour, irony and culture, you will explore some interesting and engaging topics that are pulsing through the city of Lisbon: city-planners, gentrification, tourism, immigrant communities, politics and subcultures. We’ll go on a long walk in the back alleys and 'less-desirable' parts of the city in order to discern their hidden beauty. You'll be introduced to the different communities and subcultures that reside among these narrow streets and dilapidated buildings. You'll smell different aromas of restaurants in the Indian and Bengali neighbourhoods, You'll see the illicit scribbles of the different leftist movements that have left their mark on the city’s ancient walls. You'll taste the far eastern cuisine of illegal Chinese restaurants. You'll hear the contrast between silent residential neighbourhoods and squares bustling with nightcrawlers. I believe that only in looking at the ugly can we decide what we truly think is beautiful and I challenge you to develop your and my opinions of this city. People rarely connect the words ‘Lisbon’ and ‘Ugly’ and your going to question why.. This experience is better with a group, so I may message you to see if you’re interested in a day with higher numbers!
This experience is hosted by Kopal: “I am an Indian freelance fiction and scriptwriter and a graduate from Kino Eyes. I am fascinated with Lisbon’s details: it's light, stone and hidden nooks and crannies. I am also an avid history buff and interested in how mythological/political/social narratives inform the way we see, understand, and interpret the world. Because of that I just love telling stories. I believe that all stories emerge from a reality that - when explained - transforms into a collection of symbols. And from these symbols, we make connections that transform fictions into truths. This is why I see fact and fiction to be part of the same symbolic narratives. I’ll show you a different Lisbon through my eyes...” Click my profile picture to see what other wild and wonderful experiences I have to offer...
Some “ugly snacks” in our restaurant
Traditional Portuguese shot: ginja
We’ll visit the following neighbourhoods: Alameda’s Fonte Luminosa: a mid-century fountain of Soft Portuguese architecture Arroios: Market, some decrepit alleys and ugly gardens Anjos - the sweeping Almirante Reis Avenue, Antifa and cultural associations, dodgy back streets Intendente: the good, bad and ugly of bars and pubs, the Bengali and Indian districts Mouraria: rough trade corners and finally the clandestine illegal Chinese restaurant
A Different Type of Ugly Lisbon Tour