A Different Type of Ugly Lisbon Tour

Fiction and reality are two concepts that are always interchanging when it comes to the way we interpret and make sense of the world, and therefore the power of stories. As a fiction writer, I am very interested in the other side of truth. In the same spirit, the interchangeability of beauty and ugliness is all around us. The main concept of this tour is to look at the “ugly” corners of the city in order to see the beauty in them through an interplay of the fictitious and truthful stories of the different neighborhoods; their alleys, cobblestones, arched tunnels, street lights, and narrow stairs.

14.99$19.26$

Fiction and reality are two concepts that are always interchanging when it comes to the way we interpret and make sense of the world, and therefore the power of stories. As a fiction writer, I am very interested in the other side of truth. In the same spirit, the interchangeability of beauty and ugliness is all around us. The main concept of this tour is to look at the “ugly” corners of the city in order to see the beauty in them through an interplay of the fictitious and truthful stories of the different neighborhoods; their alleys, cobblestones, arched tunnels, street lights, and narrow stairs.

Category:

Description

About the Guide

I am Fuad, a Lebanese freelance fiction and script writer and a fresh graduate from Kino Eyes, an Erasmus+ program that I completed here in Lisbon. Now I’m back to this charming city because I am simply fascinated with its details, its light,  and its stone. It’s hidden nooks and crannies are what  make it a jewel at the far end of Europe.

I am also an avid history buff and very 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 and parcel of the same symbolic narratives.

By taking a walk through a different type of Lisbon (through its streets, stairs, hills and squares) I will take you on an experience of personal infatuation with a city I’ve grown to call a second home.

What we’ll do

Through the medium of humour, irony and culture, we want to 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. We’ll be introduced to the different communities and subcultures that reside among these narrow streets and dilapidated buildings. We’ll smell different aromas of restaurants in the Indian and Bengali neighborhoods, we’ll see the illicit scribbles of the different leftist movements that have left their mark on the city’s politics. We’ll taste the far eastern cuisine of illegal Chinese restaurants. We’ll hear the contrast between silent residential neighborhoods and squares bustling with nightcrawlers. Essentially, we’ll feel what it is like to be in a city with so many different colors.

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. I rarely meet people who connect the words ‘Lisbon’ and ‘Ugly’, and we’re going to find out why…

What to bring

A open mind and an intrigued soul.

Where you’ll be

Alameda’s Fonte Luminosa (mid 21st century luminous fountain of the Soft Portuguese architecture)
Mercado de Arroios (fresh fish and vegetable market with hipster restaurants)
R. Actor António Cardoso (decrepit alley with an arched passage).
R. Heróis de Quionga (a very tiny ugly garden with young trees)
Av. Amirante Reis (a small section of one busy avenue)
Anjos (Antifa and cultural associations)
R. dos Anjos (Angel’s street inhabited by crack addicts)
Largo Intendente (pubs; the good, the bad, and the ugly)
R. do Benformoso (Bengali and Indian district)
Rua do Terreirinho (Vitrine with little shoes)
R. Guia (Hashish corner)
Mouraria (Clandestino chinese restaurant)
Our objective is to personally evaluate the beauty/ugliness of the lesser-seen parts of the city. Through this process, we aim to make the city come to life in a more personal storried way than would be in a normal informative tour of Lisbon.

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “A Different Type of Ugly Lisbon Tour”