Poland goes to Lisboa

One thing that relates Poland with Portugal is that they usually show up next to each other in drop-down lists when filling online registration forms.

Silly stuff aside, they’re both catholic majority countries, which probably accounts for some of the recent increase in Polish tourists walking in the streets of Lisboa. Among them, were two very special visitors.

Uma coisa que liga a Polónia a Portugal é que, normalmente, os dois aparecem ao lado um do outro nas listas de países, quando se preenchem formulários online.

Parvoíces à parte, são ambos países com população maioritariamente católica, o que provavelmente justifica parte do aumento recente de turistas Polacos nas ruas de Lisboa. Entre eles, estiveram dois visitantes muito especiais.

Kasia Szybka, from Warsaw, was visiting Portugal, invited by Turismo de Portugal – the government tourism office – to sketch the Pope’s visit to Fátima in the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of the holy mother. Pedro and I invited her to come sketch with us during one of our lunch hours. We took her to cozy and picturesque Largo dos Trigueiros for a coffee and a doodle. We shared a bit of dark humor and stories about our visits to each other’s countries.

Kasia Szybka, de Varsóvia, visitou Portugal convidada pelo Turismo de Portugal , para visitar a visita do Papa a Fátima no 100º aniversário das aparições. O Pedro e eu convidámo-la a vir desenhar connosco durante a hora de almoço. Levámo-la ao acolhedor e pitoresco Largo dos Trigueiros para um café e um rabisco. Partilhámos humor negro e histórias das visitas aos países de uns e outros.

Mateusz Hajnysz from Łódź came to visit western Algarve and Lisboa with his wife and two kids. Mateusz was the first sketcher I met in Manchester the day before the Urban Sketchers International Symposium kicked-off last year. We used the same Largo dos Trigueiros as the starting point of a tour around the Castelo hill, which saw us sharing tips on lighting in watercolor, how to sketch weddings and how to manage a local urban sketchers chapter. In the end, we came to the conclusion that both our languages had tricky and illogical pronunciation rules.

Mateusz Hajnysz de Łódź veio visitar o barlavento Algarvio e Lisboa com a mulher e os dois filhos. O Mateusz foi o primeiro desenhador que conheci em Manchester, no dia anterior ao arranque do Simpósio Internacional de Urban Sketchers, no ano passado. Usamos o mesmo Largo dos Trigueiros como o início de um passeio à volta da colina do Castelo, que nos ouviu a partilhar dicas sobre luz na aguarela, como desenhar casamentos e como gerir um grupo local de urban sketchers. No final, chegámos à conclusão que ambas as nossas línguas têm regras de pronunciação estranhas e meandrosas.

Author: Pedro Loureiro

I was born on the southwestern-most tip of Europe, in Lagos, Portugal. A childhood of legos and sandcastles led me to architecture school, but an adolescence of doodling drove me to sketching and later to illustration. I like to sketch, to travel and to chop vegetables into tiny manageable bits. I also like maps. The older the better!

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