Trying to Be A Local / by Callie Burnett

The title is funny because I don't blend in at all. Although Lisbon is an incredibly diverse city full of people who you'd least expect to be locals speaking Portuguese, my rosey skin gives me away. Most people could tell right away that I am not local. My friend Tito (pictured below) says that I look British...I'll take it!

In between making fun of my mispronunciations of his language and my stereotypical "americanisms", Tito showed me around some more of Lisbon's downtown. The night was complete by being offered drugs by a stranger, walking next to the river as the sun was setting, and wandering into the most unassuming but vibey Portuguese coffee shop that tourists would never find.