For any of you readers out there who are wondering why I am currently living in Lisbon, you have probably never been here.
Incredible weather, friendly people, ridiculous prices, great food, stunning views, and some wonderful literature.
And mainly, the little things, like the ‘Tell A Story‘ van.
On a weekend jaunt to one of the many and fascinating craft and food markets across the city a while ago, I discovered a cute old VW van parked on the road. A friendly bearded young guy, (most Portuguese guys are friendly and bearded, you soon discover living here), was discussing Portuguese literature with passing tourists, and selling them various authors in various languages from a bookshelf propped against the van.
I had discovered the wonderful mobile literature shop of Lisbon.
Featured in articles as far afield as the UK’s Guardian newspaper, this four-wheeled book depository parks up at popular weekend spots and engages people in Portuguese literature, with the cunning use of beautiful postcards featuring some of my favourite Portuguese pen-pushers, from Eça de Queiróz to José Saramago to, of course, my beloved and befuddled Fernando Pessoa, (all of whom have had the honour to be featured in previous blogs which you can read by the interweb magic of simply clicking on their names above).
I leave the last word(s) on why they do what they do to them, because they are beautiful words:
“Because we believe there’s no better way to remember a journey than a book. And that nothing makes one travel more than reading”
If you want to know more about Lisbon, my book is available to order now by simply clicking here!