When you visit new places and meet new people, whether that be in another country or a city down the road, you learn that there are different ways to live and view the world.
One thing I quickly picked up on here in Lisbon is the people’s interesting relationship to animals. Specifically, pigeons.
The pigeons here seem to get away with more things that any other pigeons I’ve encountered. For one, I have yet to see anyone try to run them out of their stores or even so much acknowledge their presence as a possible bother to their clients (not a bother to me, of course, I think they’re entertaining). In California, I never saw so much as a fly within a store.
That’s why I started the hashtag #PigeonsInLisbon. It’s both hilarious (to me) but also a reminder of the different relationships to nature that people around the world have. And with that, here are some of the photos I’ve taken of these funny creatures.
Note: This post will be updated periodically with new Tweets.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: PIGEON MASTER FOUND
Before I left for Portugal, my best friend gave me a Lady Rainicorn plushie from the show Adventure Time to keep me company on my travels.
The following photos are photos Lady Rainicorn commissioned me to take. Click on a photo for a quick, sassy description from our favorite flying rainbow unicorn!
Flight to Lisbon! Haven’t been on this long of a journey since I left China for California!
São Francisco o Lisbon? It all looks the same from up here!
About to board Tram 28 to tour Lisbon! Let’s hope no one tries to take me! This tram is ripe with pickpockets.
Found a seat on Tram 28. Great view from back here.
Feels good to be back on the water, reminds me of my first international journey from my birth factory in China.
Just chilling in the praça.
Never thought I’d have the chance to ride a rooster.
So much grass. So. Much. Grass.
Hanging out in Sintra.
So ready for the fado concert.
Pretty sure I’m distant cousins with this camel.
Thank god that’s not me.
Lady Rainicorn, urban adventurer
Sunbathing in a palace after vanquishing – I MEANING PAYING – the ticket sellers.
You don’t scare me, bro, I’m Lady Rainicorn, badass extraordinaire.
This palace is cool I guess (although I prefer the one in the Candy Kingdom).
Sometimes I’m too lazy to fly so I take the bus.