lisbon time lapse

Posted: December 1st, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | 4 Comments »

Lisbon Time Lapse from mattquann on Vimeo.

here’s a timelapse that i shot last week around lisbon.

today (dec 1) is a portuguese holiday. it’s the anniversary of the restoration of independence from the spanish dynasty on december 1, 1640. most people seem to be celebrating ditching the spanish kings by christmas shopping.


Posted: November 26th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »


in autumn, lisbon is littered with vendors selling roasted chestnuts (castanhas). they are warm, slightly sweet, the shells are covered in ash, and real tasty. the chestnut roasters are easy to find because of the smoke signals that their carts produce.  my favorite carts are these self sufficient hybrid half motorcycle half chestnut roasting machines. i’m surprised they don’t grill fish this way.

new york

Posted: November 19th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »


on our trip back to the U.S.A we spent some time in new york. since we had been in portugal for about 5 months, cobble stones, narrow streets, and foreign vocabulary became our norm, so it was fun to visit a familiar place with fresh eyes.

here are some photos taken while in ny.

the portuguese definitely don’t stack their cars 4 high.

I’m back

Posted: November 12th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | 2 Comments »


I’m back and official. today i finally got my portuguese residence card. which means that we will never have to go back to the immigration office ever again (i hope). don’t worry, it didn’t just show up in the mail like it was supposed to, it was returned to sender. so i had to call the immigration office to make an appointment to see where my card was. but that’s not all: no one there speaks english, and speaking portuguese on the telephone without the aid of hand gestures and looks of confusion is pretty much impossible. so i had to have a portuguese friend call and talk to the office for me. he even offered to go with me to help translate. so today we went, checked in, took a number, waited for 2 hours, and then finally our number was called. we walked up to the desk and i threw down my most used phrase: “fala ingles?”,  the woman replied with a confident “yes”. this was the first time in the history of immigration office slogs that anyone there spoke english at all, let alone a “yes”. so i told her what happened and she came back 2 minutes later with my ticket to portuguese success.

other notables since my last update: we had some visitors (eric’s photos), ate more fish, came really close to buying a car, finished our portuguese classes, helped install a wood floor in a friend’s clothing shop, and most recently we took a trip back to America to visit family. now we’re back, portuguese style.

ok bye


Posted: September 24th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »



i haven’t posted for a while. things are good here, time is flying, we were in rome 2 weekends ago, here are some photos from our trip. e had a conference there, so i tagged along for a few days.

she has her residence card and is now a legit temporary portuguese, and i’m awaiting mine in the mail. also, we are finally on the hunt for a car here which will completely change our ability to explore portugal.

right now jay is visiting us and spreading a little vegan love to the land of fish and meat.

kitchen with a view

Posted: September 1st, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »


i don’t think we’ll ever have a kitchen with such an awesome view again. lisbon has a very unique type of light during sunset and twilight, it’s very soft and yellow.

here are some photos taken during sunset one night.

more photos

Posted: August 29th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »


i’ve uploaded a few more photos from downtown (baixa) and chiado.

you can see them here

visa success

Posted: August 18th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »


i haven’t written much about the process of getting a visa/residence card here, but it’s safe to say that gathering documents, visiting government buildings, taking numbers, and speaking very broken portuguese with government workers has been our biggest pastime since we started the ball rolling the day we arrived here in lisbon. e’s residence card is “being processed” and i can’t start the process of getting mine until she receives hers in the mail which will be in 1 or 2 months. so, since US citizens can only stay in eu countries for 90 days without a visa, i had to get a visa to extend my legal stay here in order to apply for my residence card once e’s arrives in the mail. i’m happy to report that i was able to get a 90 day visa on the first try. that kind of first try success is a first for us. ( usually it takes at least 2 tries to have any sort of minor success at the immigration offices.)

also, everyone in lisbon is gone this month for vacation. all of august the city has been deserted with the exception of the spanish and french tourists that are spending their holiday in portugal. it’s like europe plays musical chairs the month of august and switches countries with their neighbors. the only people that are still here seem to be the old people. they just hang out in the park. fat monster grandpa and skinny mini grandpa in the photo below provided hours of laughs. they just sat there… extra close. they could have had some room between them, but they chose to sit real close.


our neighborhood

Posted: August 8th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

HD version available here.

the neighborhood that we live in is called bairro alto, and it has 2 faces. this is its morning face – traditional, working class, creative, with grandmothers walking around in their work smocks. its nighttime face is crowded and parties until 4 in the morning.

france video

Posted: August 4th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

tour de france trip from breadbreadbread on Vimeo.

HD version available here