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The other day we had one of our usual walks around LisbonLike so many times before our talks traveled all over the world… details around us reminded us about things we have seen somewhere in another country or continent. Flowers, architecture, art, people, food, markets…. anything. Myanmar – a country we have visited countless of times since our first visit 23 years ago and lived in for more that 2 years – is in our opinion the most beautiful country on this planet. But Lisbon – a city we have visited countless times during the same periode, and now lived in for more that 2 years – is in our opinion the most beautiful city on this planet.
Isn’t it funny, but this is exactly the same people do in Myanmar?Can’t remember if it was me or Annette who asked the question. If it was her she picked my brain… I had exactly the same thought The thing is, Lisbon and Myanmar have one thing in common – besides being beautiful places. People in both places surround themselves with beautiful everyday things. Not costly objects ‘just’ household items and other things that they use. When you travel around in Myanmar you can’t help smiling, when you see how people weave patterns in the mats they use for their houses and cut the wooden carriages differently depending on where you are. Or how they weave and wear their sharongs and longhis, decorate their umbrellas and arrange the fruit in the shops. Even the sandal wood face-make up they use for sun protection, they put on in different patterns. “Since we’re going to weave them anyway why not spend a little extra time to make the mats beautiful…” must be the mentality behind all the things that surrounds them. In Lisbon it’s the same. Maybe it’s only at street sign – but why not make a beautiful tiled one since it’s named after a famous athlete? And even if it’s a local market – why not make beautiful tiles that shows people where they are? Same with the flowers, street art, their colorful facades, the calçadas and all the beautiful details on the houses, the parks, the kiosks and trees with either blooming flowers or yellow lemons or orange oranges. If you are a little moody, then go for a walk. After a short while all these things will make you you feel better. Thomas & Annette, June 2016
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