I came across one of the Lazy Beggars in Lisbon. So many times, i have given money to people that instead of feeding their families, they were spending money in alcohol and drugs. So I though to myself, why not? A coin in one of the buckets and I got a big smile from this kind man.
They are the 21st century beggers. Yap, they have a website 🙂
They ask for money for Beer, Wine, Whisky and the Hangover!
Have a nice weekend!
If you are used to travel in and around Africa, you probably know that flying in Africa is not for sissies. How often do we hear about plane crashes and especially in single propeller planes in the news? Very often indeed. So this was my family’s concern when they first heard that I would be going on a trip to a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the Indian Ocean for one day and the worst part for them was that I would be flying on a Cessna single-engine aircraft. I was definitely decided on taking the risk so there was nothing they could do to stop me.
At 08.00 am my alarm went on and I jumped out of bed. There was a mixture of anxiety and fear but at the same time so much joy and excitement. At 09.00 am, I was ready at the airport. Someone came to escort myself and other 3 passengers to the plane. It was a blue Cessna, smaller than the planes I’m used to flying. So I knew this was going to be an amazing experience.
When we were close to the plane, I fully realized that the plane was reallllllllyyyy smalll!!! It was too late now to say NO to the offer. It was a windy day and I could not stop thinking about the possible turbulence we might experience. I sat just behind the pilot, so I fastened my seat belt, after a long deep breath, I was ready. Awwww, so many senses at the same time!
I heard the keys going into the ignition. The panel had a million buttons and two joysticks. It almost felt like the two pilots were about to play on their playstation or xbox.
Buttons.. joystick… buttons!!!
After going through the checklists and getting clearance from the tower, we were taxing onto the runway. I could see the pilot gently pushing the throttle forward to reach full power and my heart started to beat faster. When you feel that the speed is picking up, it is almost like your heart skips a beat and you stop breathing for a moment. The plane was shaking a bit because of the wind, but after a minute or so, it was completely stabilized.. and what a view…. such an awesome perspective! I was happy! The views were absolutely breathtaking, the anxiety and fear had disappeared and i was simply left with joy and excitement.
Buttons.. joystick… buttons!!!
So folks, flying on a single-engine aircraft to a tropical island in the Indian Ocean is checked off my bucket list. I hoped for the best, and that’s how you do in Africa.
If you want to find out more information about the Lisbon Calling Hostel, please go to the Tourism & Travelling Section. For those that are not very comfortable with backpacking, the owners of the Lisbon Calling Hostel developed the Room Next Door, a huge 18th century apartment next to the hostel that has been renovated. The decoration of the hotel is very original, and if you are a fan of trendy places inspired by fusion of art, this is perfect for you. There are four beautiful private rooms, so if you are interested in a unique experience, this is it.
The room I slept in was really neat, comfy and bright. It was really nicely decorated and as a nature lover, I was surprised to see what the theme was on the wall:
Decor in my Room @Room Next Door
This was a perfect experience! Excellent highly trained and friendly staff, helpful and polite. I really enjoyed my stay!
Place to drop the keys
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Lisbon Calling is one of the best affordable places I have ever slept on my entire life. It has been described as a “stylish hostel“, but it is so much more. It is beautifully designed and offers a blend of charm and sophistication. This hostel is located in the heart of Lisbon, therefore giving the opportunity to appreciate the city during the day and to enjoy the bohemian nights at Bairro Alto.
Living Room @ Lisbon Calling – “Very Hip”
The rooms are very bright and spacious, bringing together an artistic sense and sensitivity. Interestingly enough, the sleeping platforms and bunk beds are all custom-made.
Rooms @ Lisbon Calling – “bright and airy”
Lisbon Calling is being ran by a number of people who share their positive thinking mixed with an open-minded attitude. It is culturally diverse and provides an extremely comfortable and familiar environment.
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Price June-July: 20.00 to 22.00 euros depending on the dorm
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