Lisbon, Portugal
Maria, 19
Starting my bachelor in Landscape Architecture
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What do you do and why do you do it?

Studying Landscape architecture, because I want to be able to make the world a bit better and a bit greener.

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

No job so no worsts for now.

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

Born and raised!

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

Restelo, it is very peaceful place!

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

I am a really big R&B, reggae, and jazz fan but I totally eat up all pop songs.

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

I have stages and it really depends on my mood.

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

Black mirror, Jess and the boys, Modern family and Elementary. Black Mirror is an intense tv show that is full of big statements and sometimes critics of our society and our future. It is mostly incredible the way that every episode is so different from each other. The episodes shock and are meant to do that with no afraid of what us watchers think or feel. Sometimes we feel uncomfortable or annoyed. Jess and the boys, Modern Family are both real good comedies to see in family, with friends or alone in that stay in bed day. Elementary is based on Sherlock Holmes and is amazing, a total new look of this master piece.

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

Lost in, happy hour 50% off in some drinks like caipirinha (17-19pm).

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

Tadao Ando, an amazing architect not my all life hero but starting to be. I would probably take him to Setúbal to one of the best fish restaurants small and cosy typically portuguese, in Lisbon would go to a tasca​ or a Japanese restaurant Tasca Kome.

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

Be a tourist in my own hometown, i love to find new places to go. Unfortunatly it is dificult to explore because me and my friends don't have compatible schedulles so just hang out in places we know it won't fail.​

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

Start with a light dinner and a beer in Avenida da ​Liberdade and then go to Bairro Alto or Cais do Sodré to find new places to hang out.

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

Beach, for me the best place to celebrate is always the beach. If not, probably some cute bar. Lisbon is full of them so in Zoomato (restaurants and bars app) I would pick any that looks good.

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

Bus, metro, train, public transportation because is the easiest way to get anywhere and to see locals and is more within the spirit of travel. Be capable of seeing your surroundings and paying attention to where you're going and where you are. When needed you can use Uber, Cabify or any other cars app that exists in Portugal, because when is really late is the easiest way to get home without having to be concerned with public transportation's schedules or just because you're too tired or late for something. And also taxis are always around and you can also call to ask one.​

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

Baixa Chiado, Terreiro do Paço

What are the Lisbon spots tourists should run from screaming?

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos

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

With my friends, I would go to take a walk by the river in Belem. At night I would go find some bars with them to Cais do sodré or someplace​ to sit a drink a fancy cocktail.

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

Two years ago I went to Marrakech and was one of the best experiences I ever had. I am hoping​ to get back soon.

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