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Lisboa portugal

Tales of Deconfinement 2

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On the top of the hill, looking down the 85 stairs, the aqueduct is obstructed by Ginásio Clube Português new padel courts.  Some sounds of people playing start to surface sometimes.

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Lisboa portugal quarantine 2020

Views of Confinement XIV

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Looking inside again. Looking to the corridor that under that window is almost like a bridge between two areas of the apartment, I’m starting to feel extremely lucky and in love with what I call home. I feel lucky, and, of course, worried about people, like many of my students, much more tightly confined to smaller places. But, no matter the size, safe inside is safer and probably the safest, regardless of size.

I remember, a few years ago, in New York, I was staying in an hotel, and my room had no window… It was placed deep in the guts of a large building near St. Mark’s.  One night I went for supper at a friend’s place in Brooklyn and, in the way back, got lost at 1 AM commuting subway lines. I had to phone home to Susana to help me through Google maps. I walked for a while inside early December frigid lower East Side. When I finally entered my blind room I felt that “home-at-last” feeling. The familiar damp air was a balmy welcome, the four walls looked like my oldest friends. My safe haven is the safest haven.

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Athens Greece

Athens, XXIII

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In the airplane, back to Lisbon

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Athens Greece

Athens XXII

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One last dinner. A view to delicacies at Karamanlidika-ta. The cherry in the cake of several exquisite food experiences.

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epidaurus Greece

Athens XXI (Epidaurus 3)

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Maybe if I forget the amphitheater and concentrate on the surroundings something will emerge properly…

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epidaurus Greece

Athens XX (Epidaurus 2)

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second try – even worse

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Athens XIX (Epidaurus)

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First of three tries at the most magnificent amphitheater of Antiquity.

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Athens XVIII (Mycenae)

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The famous Lion Gate in Mycenae. Thirty four centuries and counting.

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Athens Greece

Athens XVII

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A room at the Benaki Museum

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Athens Greece

Athens XVI

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And… the breakfast room. A nice convivial bar at night.