Afternoon in Belém by Callie Burnett

A pastor I met soon after arriving in Lisbon connected me with a German guy named Daniel who was on vacation and had a car and wanted to get out and see the city. So we drove to Belém, another touristy but gorgeous location. The weather was absolutely perfect. It was barely cool and sunny around golden hour, and, as you can imagine, I kept enthusiastically running around taking photos because this church and the garden in front are not what you casually stumble upon in the States. 

Another big site nearby (pictured below) was the 25 de Abril Bridge that was built by the same architect who built the Golden Gate. On the other side of the river you can even see the Christo Rei statue in the distance! The bridge looks almost identical to the Golden Gate, which was fitting because Lisbon reminds me so much of San Francisco. There's even an ironic McDonald's nearby in the middle of the historical buildings that made me laugh.

First Adventures in Lisbon by Callie Burnett

I arrived in Lisbon on February 8th to join my friend André in helping launch a Christian ministry called V21. I have never traveled to Europe until now, and I am loving the rich history of this city, the hospitality of the Portuguese people, and getting lost wandering down tiny cobblestone streets in between elegant, historical buildings of the most beautiful pastels.

My first adventure out on my own was to Baixa-Chiado. It's pretty touristy as it is considered Lisbon's downtown area, but it's definitely not the honky tonk bars and cowboy boot shops I am used to considering "touristy" in downtown Nashville. With every turn, I discovered stunning architecture, towering archways, and casual cafés. Every day I try to get out and go somewhere I haven't been before because there's so much of the city to see!