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Visual Intoxication in Lisbon - the city of many cities - Finding Nkem
Landing in Lisbon, I was immediately reminded of Lagos. The lush greenery, the colorful buildings at varying levels of upkeep. As I navigated to my Airbnb in Alfama District, Lisbon’s Old Town, I struck by not only the diversity of architectural styles that littered the city, but also the way old met new in a myriad of ways throughout my ride. A giant hotel(perhaps?), entirely covered with pristine glass, dazzled next to the ghost of an even larger building, decorated with crumbling paint. I was too busy being mesmerized by their juxtaposition to take a photo. Throughout my stay in Lisbon, I was continually reminded of all the other cities Lisbon reminded me off. As I waited for my brother to arrive, I overheard a walking tour proclaim that Lisbon was once the capital of Europe. When one considers that, along with Lisbon’s history on conquest, colonization and their own rise and fall, it makes sense why the city is visually a hodge-podge of other cities you might be used to. Here are just a few of the cities that Lisbon reminded me of: Addis Ababa Like Lisbon, Addis has had influences from around the world, as well as …