A Glimpse of Seixal

Where have you been able to stay with some cool locals?

During our travels, we sometimes come across some truly phenomenal couchsurfers.  We had one such host in Dublin, and we had another in Santiago.  Lisbon, Portugal was no exception.

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Our host lives just across the bay from the center of Lisbon, in a neighborhood called Seixal.  And even this area has its very own personality.  Less touristy and more narrow streets, this section of town feels somewhat raw yet genuine.  Decorative azulejos appear in broken patches, and some walls have holes that serve as doorways.

Our couchsurfing host was amazing.  Besides opening his home – which he shares with a lovable pup and a rabbit – he generously spent an entire day with us to show us around town.  We rode the ferry into town and walked up and down the many tiled hills.  He showed us the best views and taught us how to order coffee (just a simple espresso with a little sugar).

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And he did all this in the pouring rain!

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Yes, we got very wet that day, but that didn’t dampen our host’s spirits.  He still took us to the waterfront and showed us his favorite city parks.  He even invited us to a session of his acroyoga (acrobatic yoga – yes, it’s a thing!).

And when all was said and done, he let us in on the best treat: a local community who gather regularly and cook for each other.  It’s no formal restaurant; options are limited, and diners are expected to wash their own dishes, but the food is remarkably affordable, and the company is wonderfully chill.  It was such a unique experience – one we never expected!

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This is the true spirit of couchsurfing, and it’s the reason it’s one of our favorite types of lodging.  We strive to give the same when we host at home, as it really is the best way to experience a new place and its culture.


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5 thoughts on “A Glimpse of Seixal

  1. Thank you for this post! Your blog brings such joy during this time. This neighborhood looks like it has so much character. So appreciate you sharing- time to go hunt down some espresso for me after seeing it here!

    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Mackenzie! I hope we’re all able to travel again soon. In the meantime, we enjoy traveling through our photos and memories <3 Thanks for joining us for the ride!

    1. I’m not sure! We honestly barely knew about the rabbit because it was kept in a closet the entire time. But the pup was pretty easy-going, so I imagine they got along alright. I’m not very familiar with dog behaviors, but I have seen cats who get along quite nicely with rabbits! It might help to start with a kitten so she can grow up with the rabbit and never think of it as a potential meal 🙂

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