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I moved to Lisbon in 2016 from Berlin and I had lived in Berlin for six years. I beloved Berlin, however I used to be prepared to maneuver some other place and I didn’t have any strings hooked up on the time. I didn’t have a girlfriend or something and I had a superb buddy in Lisbon that stored saying, “Come Casper, come! It’s good right here.” And that is what I’ve learnt is the Portuguese mentality, they’re very open and alluring. So I visited for a month and I recorded one album with a buddy of mine, a French cellist referred to as Gaspar Claus, and I spent a month right here, went again to Berlin and I stated I’m gonna attempt it out, and I’m nonetheless right here in Lisbon now.

I like the sunshine. It’s the factor I at all times come again to. You will have so many days of solar and my mind actually works higher that method. And I like the life-style, that was one motive why I moved. I’m privileged sufficient to work from wherever, in a method, so long as I’m form of near the opposite guys in Efterklang. However I wished to take a look at the South of Europe and the mentality, and I felt that was very totally different to what I’ve seen in Berlin, Paris, London and Copenhagen. It has a unique nature, issues circulation in numerous methods, it’s somewhat bit extra bodily and fewer brainy. I acquired actually tempted and I used to be trying to find an area to make some solo music so I’ve been spending the final couple of years performing some solo remedy in that sense, making music and making an attempt to determine what I’m in myself with out the band. It’s been a visit on many ranges.

In case you are visiting Lisbon, my studio is on the opposite aspect of the river in a unique city referred to as Almada, so it’s a ten minute ferry experience from Cais do Sodré ferrystation which is downtown Lisbon and you’re taking the ferry to the opposite aspect; Cacilhas. Over there you will have this fully totally different vibe. It’s like a small Portuguese city, it could possibly be 100 miles from Lisbon, and over there you’ll see Lisbon from afar. Just a little bit like being on an island. And if you need there are just a few locations over there you would take a look at. There’s a restaurant referred to as Ponto Remaining which is a standard Portuguese fish restaurant and you may sit proper on the river and drink your vinho branco and eat your fish. It’s a beautiful place and there’s additionally a grass subject round there the place you may have a picnic and take your wine.

There’s additionally one other place referred to as Casa da Cerca which is a museum/cafe, in addition they generally have some festivals over the summer time or meals markets. Simply go over there and probe for some hours then come again to Lisbon. I at all times actually take pleasure in feeling that rush of town when you arrive again on the ferry.

If you come again from there you may take a look at a Cape Verdean restaurant close to Bica, it’s referred to as Tambarina and it’s a extremely fantastic place. Cape Verde is among the former colonies of Portugal and it’s this island group from Africa they usually have this lovely music referred to as Funana music and it’s conventional Cape Verdean celebration music with accordion normally and a few form of sick beats. In case you go to this restaurant they’ll serve conventional, hearty Cape Verdean meals with this gluey factor that they use as a substitute of potatoes and normally some meat or rooster. In case you keep there lengthy sufficient there can be a band enjoying and folks will begin dancing, so I believe that shall be a beautiful place to spend a while.

Up to now couple of years I’ve seen increasingly more of the Californian espresso locations popping up, in order that’s coated if you need an all-day breakfast avocado toast, soy milk… it’s all occurring. However if you happen to’re extra within the temper for a way the locals do it, I’d simply discover any form of small cafe, they normally have counters fabricated from glass so you may see the pastries. The locals will complain if the espresso is costlier than seventy cents. It’s the form of place you wanna discover and you may order a bakery and have a espresso and if it’s somewhat later within the day you may have a bifana which is a pork sandwich. However the breakfast tradition right here is extra getting up somewhat bit later and simply having espresso and one thing easy like a pastry. They don’t do these massive breakfast celebrations.

There are a few venues downtown. There may be one referred to as ZDB which is an arts centre/live performance venue/rooftop bar. In order that they normally have some bands enjoying there otherwise you would have just a few exhibitions.

Lisbon by robert-kalinagi

You would additionally take a look at a extremely cool bizarre little spot referred to as Desterro. Each Wednesday there’s an area Finnish underground legend; Yari, who has this massive digital beats jam at midnight til 4am. It’s a wierd place, like many locations in Lisbon it’s an affiliation in order that they get across the bar restrictions. So it’s a must to ring this bell and get a membership, which prices like €3, and it seems like a bar the place nothing is happening, however if you happen to go down the steps and thru this door then all of a sudden you’re on this bizarre live performance round these musicians jamming superb issues.

I additionally actually like this museum referred to as Gulbenkian which is among the largest collections of artwork right here. Some Balkan wealthy man again within the day was shopping for stuff when he lived right here so there’s a giant assortment and a backyard subsequent to it which may be good to hang around in throughout the day, discover some shade and see some artwork.

There’s a giant market each Tuesday and Saturday which it may be very nice to go to. It’s referred to as Feira Da Ladra and that’s a market filled with all the pieces from previous screws and instruments that may barely be used anymore to CDs from the 90s for €1 and folks doing their very own garments and previous sneakers and it’s in every single place. I’d go there early whereas there’s nonetheless some finds.

So previous information you’ll find at Feira Da Ladra, there shall be many locations, however if you wish to work out what’s occurring now in Lisbon I’d go to a report store referred to as FLUR. It’s fairly small however it’s the place you’ll discover Panda Bear’s new report, some new Portuguese band, anybody who lives within the metropolis right here and makes music would have their music obtainable there.

And in that very same space there’s additionally a giant membership referred to as Lux which John Malkovich partly owns. He and a few movie director from Portugal began this place, a extremely unusual membership with fascinating inside design. That may be a enjoyable place to go.

Lisbon tiles by Annie Spratt

In case you are coming in the summertime, there shall be a variety of vacationers. It’s a bit intense so I’d try to go a bit out their path and try to go within the reverse method than they’re guiding you and take a look at an space like Santos or Lapa. They’re nonetheless downtown however somewhat bit on the opposite aspect of the Parliament and it’s somewhat bit extra tranquil and easy-going and also you’ll discover very nice eating places and parks. There’s a giant park referred to as Jardim do Estrela and it’s additionally the place Madonna lives, in Santos, so that you would possibly see her.

You’ll stroll loads, and loads up and down. You’ll get in fine condition. It’s a really hilly city however in case you are within the midst of the city you will get wherever in twenty minutes, and there’s additionally the trams and a few metros. It’s a fairly compact metropolis in comparison with Copenhagen or Berlin, it’s very straightforward.

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