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What do you do and why do you do it?
Right now I'm a medical student - I do it because I want to be a doctor! Diseases are like puzzles that we need to uncover. And it amazes me how much trust people place in you - you're privy to some of the most intimate things in human lives.
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
Helping my mum package product at work would definitely be it. I love helping around because it's her company but there are few things more monotonous than putting bottles in boxes, or sticker labels on packaging.
Were you born and raised in Lisbon? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Lisbon?
Yes, I was! Just outside Lisbon, in Cascais. I've been splitting my time between England and Lisbon lately and being away from home made me appreciate it even more and see how amazing the place I had the privilege to grow up in is.
What’s your current hood in Lisbon and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
Always, always Cascais. You can't miss it. I went to school literally across the road from the beach and we used to go there during lunch break. So the sea is the best things about Cascais - it's what gives life to the town. And the worst? It's a train ride from central Lisbon.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I quite like Portuguese music and mellow pop tunes, and I'm definitely not a rock person. But my taste in music is quite broad and I like most kinds of music.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
I'm too young to have ever been truly broken hearted, so I haven't had the chance to make my heartbreak playlist yet.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
Game of Thrones, of course! I love that important characters die, and that it's so intricate, and that they've actually created two languages from scratch. Also Black Mirror - I'm obsessed. It explores the darker sides of human nature and technology and I reach the end of each episode with a 'what the f*ck' feeling
Name some spots in Lisbon that are good for a Tinder date.
Depends what kind of person you are! My best first date was in Labirinto Lisboa - a horror house. House of Wonders in Cascais is cool if you're into organic/natural food and it has a rooftop bar. Livraria Ler Devagar in Lx Factory is also a good choice, it's a book shop with some cool design and a café inside.
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
I really don't know - Jamie Oliver? I really love him but he has so many quirks that would make for some really funny roasts.
Who’s your hero and where in Lisbon would you take them out for a serious hang?
This is a hard one! My parents are my heroes. And they've seen it all in Lisbon so I'd take them to the riverside to sit back and relax.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Pull&Bear, Zara are two favourites. My sister's closet is also a good place to go.
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Eating at any of the touristy restaurants around Rossio
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Ride the tram! Last time I did it I was probably in primary school and haven't done it since, so I'm always really jealous of all the tourists who get to do it.
Where do you go in Lisbon for a casual night out?
Bairro Alto is the best - my favourite spot right now is Park rooftop bar.
Where would you go in Lisbon to celebrate some freaking good news?
Darwin's Cafe is a great restaurant to start at! And then I'd go wherever the night takes me, probably ending up at Urban nightclub.
What’s your choice of transportation in Lisbon and why?
The metro is the best within central Lisbon, and the car between Cascais and Lisbon, but that's because I live far from the train station. The train is ideal for that trip.
What are the Lisbon spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
You need to go for a walk in Chiado and Bairro Alto during the day, walk around the riverfront, get lost in Alfama, go to Cascais. Also it's mandatory to ride the tram, it's a classic for a reason!
What are the Lisbon spots tourists should run from screaming?
I personally don't see the appeal of going to Expo - there isn't that much to it other than the Oceanarium, unless you're going for a show there. I also would not recommend the restaurants around the Rossio/Terreiro do Paço area with the pictures in the menus. They're mostly tourist traps.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Lisbon. How do you spend it?
Start off with brunch at La Boulangerie, and then walk down to the riverfront. I'd get on the tram and probably end up lost somewhere in Alfama and eat in any tasca around there. I'd end the day with drinks on the beach in Carcavelos.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Budapest. The city is amazing, it's not too touristy (it feels authentic), kerts (ruin bars) are the most amazing invention and they have baths! The people are really warm and welcoming, the beer is delicious, and I'm already thinking of when to go back.