A while ago I was cleaning out all drawers in my house. I had lost the debit card to our joint bank account and I figured I’d make my search for it extra useful. You would be surprised how much stuff you find (back) when you take out everything you have stuffed in drawers and organise everything into the two categories of keep and put back neatly, and throw out.
During this chore I found one thing that did not fall in any of those two categories. It was more a category of take with you to happily re-experience… It was my old iPod nano, which I had not used in a few years.
When I had just handed in my Master’s Thesis two years go, I took a trip to Lisbon with my boyfriend and his family. It was such a relief to be done with my studies, and it was perfect to wait for the result while enjoying a city trip abroad. Lisbon – what a city. We actually have a large photo of Lisbon hanging in our home entrance, not just because it was a really pretty photograph, but also because we have such good memories of that city.
One of the characteristics of Lisbon is that it is extremely hilly, which makes it look very pretty, but it makes walking around as a tourist a little more challenging than your usual city trip. My lovely company consisted of two very fit parents who are used to walking miles and miles together, my boyfriend and his brother, both the sportsy types. I’m not saying I’m a complete loser in that respect, but they sure do have a lot more experience with being (very) physically active in general.
We only had a couple of days in Lisbon, and therefore put as many activities, sights, and miles in each day as possible. At the beginning and ending of every day, we had to go down and up this very steep street. After a few days, I was increasingly having a hard time with it – at some point I started walking up that hill backwards. My legs, but mostly my left knee was hurting terribly and the more hills we had on our route, the worse it got.