Visiting Christchurch: Staying in an alpaca farm and take the historic tram in the city center. Known as the “Garden City” to the world, the city enjoys warm weather, abundant sunshine, flower beds, and an expansive Botanic Garden – until it was devastated of being the epicenter of a 2011 earthquake. I witnessed how the city is being restored and it’s recovering.
The second encounter that I had in Lisbon was rather musical. A live performance at the historic São Jorge Castle… Every note from each strumming was bouncing on the stone wall and echoing in the courtyard.
Never had I thought my trip to Lisbon would become so many memorable encounters with people. My first encounter was, however, not so pleasant, it was with a pickpocket on the infamous tram#28.
Unlike many Europe cities, Porto is hilly. Although it doesn’t has a spectacular harbor view from the peak like Hong Kong, it has a double-deck iron bridges that spans the Duoro River. Standing on the hundred-year-old Dom Luis I bridge I could view seagulls soaring freely over the body of water, and layers and layers of houses making a concerted effort to Porto’s spectacular skyline.