Lisbon, Portugal
Ana, 43
Travel Journalist
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I am a travel free-lance journalist and copywriter. I also work as digital consultant. I love to travel and writing, so, I found the perfect job! Well almost perfect, unfortunately it is not well paid..that's why I work as consultant. I love the digital world, so..I guess I am lucky.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I spent a summer in London working as "Au Pair". I had to take care of 3 not very polite children...It was one of the worst summers of my life....and I learn the meaning of "stress"

Were you born and raised in Lisbon? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Lisbon?

I was born in Spain but I'm a real globetrotter. I have lived a rather multicultural life experience, living and working in countries as different as Holland, Thailand, France, Morocco and now Portugal, in Lisbon, since three years ago.

What’s your current hood in Lisbon and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

Campo de Ourique, for me the best to live in: it is like an small village, still out of the touristic radar, near to the center and, that is important in the seven hills city, flat. The worst, it is very bad connected in terms of public transport.

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I listen to a little bit of everything: depends on my mood. I do not hate any particular type of music but I confess that I am unable to listen opera for more than 10 minutes.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

I hate,I would mostly choose Lady Gaga and David Gueta to cheer me up

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

The Big Bang Theory, because it makes me laugh not matter how many times I watch it. Sheldon Cooper and the others are already part of my family! And maybe Sex & the City, because I learnt to laugh at myself when having weird datings.

Name some spots in Lisbon that are good for a Tinder date.

Copenhagen Coffee Lab with a very cozy atmosphere ideal for spending hours chatting or Terrace Bairro Hotel, one of the best views of the city

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Undoubtedly, Donald Trump

Who’s your hero and where in Lisbon would you take them out for a serious hang?

I have two heroes: Barack Obama as the person who made me believe a better world was possible and the tennis player, Rafael Nadal, because he never gives up. I will take Obama for a lunch at the Tagide Restaurant in Chiado, breathtaking views and the perfect environment to talk without rush. For Nadal I would choose something more casual, maybe Rio Maravilha at LX Factory.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Thank you!! I love to sniff out around (avoiding shopping centers). I have a couple of favorite shops in my neighborhood: Gengibre & Chocolate, a multi-brand shop with and amazing selection and D-Bey with a bohemian-casual style

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Mercado da Ribeira. It started as being a very nice project: a selection of the best of the Portuguese cuisine in a very cool atmosphere. Now it became an over crowded, over expensive and over touristic place. No way!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

This I have it on my bucket list for a long time: to rent a boat with my friends at sunset on the river.

Where do you go in Lisbon for a casual night out?

I love LX Factory, the new mecca of alternative and bohemian culture in Lisbon. I can find a little bit of everything: fancy restart, coffee-shops, bars...

Where would you go in Lisbon to celebrate some freaking good news?

Pistola y Corazon Taqueria- amazing margaritas and party environment. Perfect to celebrate!

What’s your choice of transportation in Lisbon and why?

Walking. Public transport is not very good in Lisbon and there are so many hidden gems to discover in the city...

What are the Lisbon spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

•Mirador of Santa Luzia, here time practically stops. One of the most sublime views of Lisbon, Pasteis de Belem, Alfama and the new museum MAAT-The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology on the banks of the Tagus River which opened last October and has already transformed the riverside landscape of the city.

What are the Lisbon spots tourists should run from screaming?

Mercado da Ribera, Tram number 28 in the peak season (this last one is a classic but too much overcrowded)

Tomorrow’s your last day in Lisbon. How do you spend it?

I will ditch the map and I will wander through the twisted tiny streets in Alfama to capture for the last time the essence of the authentic Lisbon

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Bangkok, awesome eating, drinking, partying, shopping and massaging. Fair enough?

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