In November 2013, Lisbon was named one of the ten best cities in the world for coffee—a place where “people get seriously poetic about coffee.” We agree—and offer one of our most popular pre-trip posts, this short video guide to the many different ways to order coffee in Lisbon. It was filmed in the Café Martinho da Arcada, at Fernando Pessoa’s favorite table, which is still kept just the way he liked it.
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Feira Da Ladra is a famous Lisboan flea market located beside the National Pantheon.
Last year Disquiet for me was life changing. This year, 2012, Disquiet was life affirming. Lara Gularte, 2011, 2012, 2013 participant
Miradouro de Santa Catarina is a wonderful place to enjoy a view of the city from a garden where the youth hang around the statue of Adamastor, the mythical sea monster from the national epic poem “Os Lusíadas” (The Lusiads) by Luís Vaz de Camões, Portugal’s Shakespeare. There’s a great café called Noobai where you can have a galão (a popular Portuguese coffee made with espresso and foamed milk and served in a tall glass) and take in the view
It’s true! Find out more quirky facts about Portugal from this video.
We’re pleased to announce that Catriona Wright of Toronto, Ontario is the winner of the third annual Dzanc Books / Guernica International Literary Award for her short story “Veils”! It was a hard call this year, with even more entries than last year of an extremely high caliber.
In addition, four North American writers of Luso descent were awarded full scholarships to attend DISQUIET 2013 through a partnership with the Luso-American Development Foundation, with partial scholarships awarded to finalists and semi-finalists. The 2013 scholarship winners are:
- Chris Arnold (fiction)
- Marie Carvalho (poetry)
- Anne-Marie Ross (nonfiction)
- Amy Souza (fiction)
Congratulations to all winners and finalists!
This whole experience was almost too good—it’s been nearly impossible to readjust to regular life! I particularly loved how we were [...] engaged by both the academic literary establishment as well as marvelous Portuguese writers. Caitlin Myer
I am most impressed by the way program participants seemed diverse, kind, and easy to be around. But I was also blown away by the degree of preparation and welcome put into our program experience. Aisha Sloan