City Living in Lisbon

This week’s theme for Jakes photo challenge is City

Living in a city I’m sure has many advantages, but I’ve always pondered on the problem as to where city-dwellers hang their wet washing to dry in these tiny trendy city apartments.

Now I know!

How do people dry their washing in the city?

How do people dry their washing in the city?

Living in a city aprtment - how do you dry your washing?

Living in a city aprtment – how do you dry your washing?

Drying washing in a city apartment

Drying washing in a city apartment

Every time I visit a big city claustrophobia washes over me, absorbs my consciousness and makes me feel anxious and dizzy. There are just too many people, too many cars, too much pollution and too much noise! I’m a beach and country person through and through as the hypnotic sounds of the sea and tranquility of the countryside brings a certain peace within.

I could NEVER live in a city.

The only plus side of city living I can think of is that I would not have to contend with the bug problem – just masses of people!

Could you live in a city?

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44 responses to “City Living in Lisbon

  1. I don’t like the idea of living in a city, either. I need a garden and space for my pets.

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  2. I lived in London for 12 years. But I hate cities and am much happier in mountains. I lived on the beach for 10 years and the novelty wore off! The salt destroys all your metal appliances. Give me the mountains and the countryside anyday.

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    • Hi Linds, don’t know how you coul have lived in London for all those years! fair play to you…
      I know what yo mean about living near the sea. EVerything goes rusty…even me 🙂 I’ve not yet tired of the sea it’s like a moving picutre ..

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  3. True images of the City life lol,Thanks for posting my friend 🙂

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  4. I’ve lived in a city all my life. I love the city; it’s never boring like small towns. And where do we hang our laundry. We have laundromats to wash and dry our clothes.

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  5. I’m with you, PiP:

    “Every time I visit a big city claustrophobia washes over me, absorbs my consciousness and makes me feel anxious and dizzy. There are just too many people, too many cars, too much pollution and too much noise! I’m a beach and country person through and through as the hypnotic sounds of the sea and tranquility of the countryside brings a certain peace within.”

    Cities do NOT appeal to me at all.

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  6. I am an omni-dweller. I love solitude, nature and quiet. I also love neighborhoods, corner delis, and bustle.

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  7. Have lived in both for long periods of my life: at the moment it happens to be rural – quiet, full of trees and flowers and birds and bees – in many ways I would prefer the opportunity of opera, ballet, symphony & good dining any night – but not if it means clothes lines a la Honkers etc!!!

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    • Hi Eha, it must be nice to have a balance. I miss the cultural side we enjoyed in the UK, but I’m now discovering and opening my mind to discovering other aspects of culture. There are some great opportunies here especially in Lisbon but they tend to be very expensive.

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  8. I have lived in both, and both have their pros and cons – I just bought a dryer as I was tired of hanging clothes to dry, but the city noise problem isn’t fixable (other than wearing earplugs).

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  9. I agree with you Pip. The peace and quiet (apart from the dogs barking) of the countryside for me.

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    • Hi Clara, and the cockerills of course 🙂 I lived in the country in England and we never had a porblem with dogs barking, unlike here in Portugal. Some new dogs have moved into the neighbourhood recently and every time I sit down with a cup of tea or glas of wine to relax, right on Q the dogs start howling and barking.

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  10. For me the perfect solution is to live outside the city but close enough to dip into it from time to time for a bit of culture, fine dining, catching up with friends (who hopefully can offer you accommodation too). I like taking in the architecture of the cities I visit and my photographs reflect that. But for the most part I long to be a country girl 🙂

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  11. I made the move from London to the middle of nowhere about three months ago – not regretting it yet! (And I always seem to have washing drying all over the house, whether I live in the city or the mountains…). Great post 🙂

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  12. I love to visit … but am Country Mouse at heart !
    But great photo opportunities 🙂
    We have promised ourselves the train ride from Faro to Lisbon one of these *odd* fortnights as the saying goes .
    Love your wash- day -balcony- views .

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    • Hi Poppy Tump and welcome! As a fellow country mouse is probably the reason why I go to a city and notice the dead rats and the washing, while others are shopping in designer shops 🙂 I observe the core while others absorb the glitter. HAve a good trip to Lisbon!

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  13. I love living in a big city (London) but taking time off where it’s more quiet… that’s the reason for Our Adventure in Croatia…. love your pics of washing

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  14. I really couldn’t live like that, but I suppose it’s what you get used to. 🙂

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  15. country girl definately- small town community-village life -knowing your neighbours-but love visiting a city to take in sights- theatre- atmosphere -only for a weekend though.!

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  16. I don´t mind cities, as long as they aren´t too big – Perth is just big enough for me and living and working in the outskirts of the city is even better as it´s much quieter and I don´t encounter that much traffic! I always hated seeing those wash lines full of washing dangling from all the buildings in Lisbon and other places! I was lucky enough when we lived in the country we had 2 big balconies and I hung the washing so it couldn´t be seen from outside.

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  17. True. I too wondered about this when I visited USA. But there, drier are used , though it is not eco friendly.

    I do live in a city. And our cities are full of people, people and more.

    You are lucky to live in a quiet place and the sea nearby. :-).

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    • Cities are def not for me. The films I have seen of cities in India, are as you say full of peaple, poepl and more. I think I would suffocate, but I suppose it really depends on what you are used to. I’ve never livid in a city, perhps if I had it would be different 🙂
      But you make the best of your balcony with your beautiful flowers etc

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  18. I don’t see this in the US but I do all over Europe… 🙂

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