Category Archives: Turisme

View from my hotel room in Lisbon

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On my way to Rio I took a stop over in Lisbon. Always when I go to Rio the worst part is the seat in the airplane, so I have decided to spend some of my money on business flights.

It is really comfortable compared to economy class. Especially the seat, because it can be adjusted with a press on a button to any desired position. Even full flat – almost like a real bed – when it is time to sleep.

Happily landed in Lisbon I went down to the metro station – Aeroporto – and bought a 24 hour ticket euro 6.50 for any public transportation unit in the city.

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I took the Linha Vermelha (red tube) to station Alameda. Switched over to Linha Verde (green tube) until I stepped off at Martim Moniz, and crossed the Praza to my Hotel Mundial.

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View from my room on the 6th floor where you can see Praza Martim Moniz.

It is sunday morning on the 15. of December and the temperature was around 20 degrees Celsius.

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I saw a group of very young scouts, guided by two adult scouts. Everyone dressed in clean and shining uniforms, like a corpse of soldiers heading for the battle.

For me it’s a rare and somehow spectacular view, because I remember for about 40 years ago it was a common sight in Denmark. Today I don’t know if there’s anybody still doing these kind of things. Is it a relict from some fascist organisation? Is it a dream of keeping at least a little order in the mess, most of us feel very involved in, but miserably helpless to find a reasonable way out and “home”? Those were actually questions with no answers at all. Unfortunately.

Quite a difference from Copenhagen where I left a cloudy capital quite a bit colder. Don’t remember exactly but it was maybe 5 degrees Celsius.

Amsterdam og sporvogne

Sporvogn i Amsterdam centrum

Vi var på en forlænget weekend til Amsterdam, og det slog mig hvor velfungerende deres offentlige transportsystem fungerede. Især sporvognene. De af os der husker København med linje 2 og 5 og alle de andre sporvogne, mindes sikkert lyden af konduktørens ringeklokker og lyden af de store metalhjul mod de hårde skinner. Denne del af oplevelsen er ikke helt den samme i Amsterdam.

De er ikke helt lydløse, men når man sidder inde i sporvognene er der nu ret stille. De er konstrueret meget lave, så alle nemt kan stå af og på. Når de bevæger sige igennem de mindre gader i centrum, hvor der er et hav af turister, kører de tilpas langsomt til, at det på intet tidspunkt føles farligt.

Den helt store gevinst er, at der stort set ingen biltrafik er i hele den indre bykerne. Det skyldes dels de mange sporvogne, dels at det er meget vanskeligt at parkere sin bil, og hvis det endelig lykkes, er det ret dyrt. Så man færdes sikkert og uden giftig røg fra bilerne, når man færdes som turist i Amsterdam.

Udover de mange sporvogne er der 4 metrolinjer samt en del busser.

Vi tog en bus til lufthavnen, og de har deres helt egen vej frem og tilbage, hvor der er lavet bussluser – ala dem på Nørrebro – så man bliver transporteret sikkert og uden ventetider fra centrum til lufthavnen.