かわいいものがたくさん集まれば もっとかわいい ちょっとコワイ
Here and there around Lisbon,
you come across the wide wide spread of
ASAGAO (MorningGlory: I love this name) look-alike flower.
they must be most powerful and common.
Powerful. they really are powerful;
they completely cover the vast flat area.
they completely cover the large wall.
yes they extend their arms horiyontally and vertically.
they are active not only in the morning but also in the daytime.
And what so impresses me is, their color.
they are amazing violet (blueish) or amazing purple (reddish).
the violet or purple spots which spread all over the place
are really overwhelming us.
How come they get such a vivid color?
maybe they owe it to beautiful Portuguese sunshine and soil.
9/19 going back to Vienna
9/21 OS051 14:35(vienna) >>> 08:55+1(tokyo)
The Lisbon Biennale, Experimental Design 2003, has just begun.
at museum, theater, plazas, shops, bars, apartments,
they're having exhibitions and workshops about
future uses of design, music, film, games, and even history.
They're now busy with opening party.
Here in Lisbon, Even ordinary nights are like party
with people just drinking and talking.
but now, the artistic places are overflowing with more people all through the night.
Thanks to the sponsors of this Biennale,
they sometimes serves drinks and snacks for free.
those services might open the door to people
who have not had so much interest in design so far.
Iwashi-no-Sumiyaki (5 big sardines)
Ika-no-Sumiyaki (4 small squids)
dried-Tara & Onions & BoildEggs & Potatos -Itame
grilled-Ebi (small shrimps)
Ebi-no-Risotto (big shrimps)
always served with full amount of vegetable salad
the west end of the Eurasia.
stood on the edge of the land.
there're no fence here.
everyone can easily fall into the Atlantic Ocean.
"Egg Tart", once achieved great popularity in Japan,
is said to have originated in this distinct of Lisbon.
feel the surface, very thin crispy skin.
feel the inside, filled with very thick, not too sweet, egg custard.
And...Muito muito Bom bom bom
In this town, there is a huge cultural center.
they're now holding "Japanese Culture Week" at one corner of the entrance.
with red gorgeous KIMONO, are lanterns(CHOCHIN) saying something.
one of them goes on like this:
"SUBETE ICHIBAN" - "HAYAOKI ICHIBAN", "HAYAGUI ICHIBAN" ,...
few people seem to be interested in this exhibition.
hot hotter hottest!
Walked around Alfama,
lovely labyrinth with steep slopes and stairs.
Lisbon is called as "Seven-Hills-Town"
Several shopping streets run from north to south, along the valley between those hills. they're the only streets we can walk easily.
And almost all the streets in Lisbon are paved with pretty stones.
so even on a hillside, where paths are mostly steep slopes,
those stones help us to walk up and down.
Sometimes you find dogs' droppings in a narrow spaces between stones.
it must be hard to dig them out to clean up the streets.
Made a one day trip to Bratislava, Slovakia.
So many policemen on the main(for cars, not for the people) road.
but the towns are calm enough, sometimes too calm because today is Sunday.
On a street corner,
you may get confused by the multi-beat sounds from every direction.
Red light "Kachi-Kachi-Kachi-.." turns Green light "Ka-Ka-Ka-Ka-..".
but when one direction has Green, thie crossed has Red.
so it sounds just busy and makes me walk fast.
From a hill,
looking down the whole city, we can draw lines along the border in colors of the city.
Reddish-brown and some other pastel colors from bricks and stones are of Old town.
Dark greenish-brown (never blue) are of the Danube (Donau-River).
Green and light brown are of the fields.
Pale colors from concrete are of mammoth apartment buildings in a suburb;
they are like many pieces of Lego blocks in exactllz the same size.
it seems as if there is a big invisible ceiling to underline the sky.
Saw an operetta.
it's nice to have eyes and ears
it's nice to have voice
it's nice to sing songs
there seem to be two kinds of waiters.
One is only for clearing the table,
who wears ordinary clothes.
The other is what we think of as a waiter, takes orders and serves dishes,
who wears an uniform.
--I came to this idea by following episode:
In one restaurant,
a man wearing casual carried plates away from the next table.
i thought it's an Austrian manner to do that when we find plates left on the table. so i did same for my table.
Then that man ran up to me to say "no, don't do that!" -not in English but phrase like that.
and In the next restaurant,
when i was looking at the menu outside,
a man wearing a normal jacket came up to me and told me how tasty they are.
Clearing-table man seems to be a Calling-in man.
Took a walk for about two hours in Vienna woods and grape field.
Enjoyed some pieces of the grapes.
they're full of seeds and juice.
i couldn't tell the difference in the tastes of YellowishGreen ones and DarkBlue ones.
but only DarkBlue ones have strong smell.
one might faint away staying long in this sea of strong sour-sweet smell.
and they taste exactly same as they smell. we can enjoy the same taste from both nose and mouth.
Imagine how rich Vienna Wines they will turn to be...
and at their early stage,
just before they start farmenting (; don't have alcohol incide),
they get a name "MOST" to please people like me, who are extremely easy to get drunk.
"MOST" are just sweat, sweat, and sweat.
At any cafe,
you can spend your time as long as you want, without feeling hesitant about staying eternally with only a cup of coffee.
there comes no interference with your own time.
In the same way, there comes no interference with your order and payment.
once seated, you find no one comes up to you to take the order. i saw some people spend half an hour reading a newspaper with nothing on their table.
When to order and when to leave are all up to you :)
Painful coldness and so many cafes everywhere make me weak.
in the morning - cafe
after lunch - cafe
after museum - cafe
after dinner - cafe
And find most of the other people, young, middle, old, are like me.
On the other hand,
we have a hard time to find an internet-cafe.
there're much less here compared to those in Asian tourist towns.
It might be because there're much less tourist
who spend many days without doing any sight-seeing,
like backpackers in Asia.
:Hundertwasser's painting-like house
:KunstHausWien, gallery and cafe and shops with waved floors
designed by the same artist; Hundertwasser
:Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, my most and second favorite artists, at Leopold Museum
-too much colors in one day!
Cannot tell what time it is now.
Not because of the jet lag
But because of the weather here.
The sky has a pale gray color.
it's not dark.
it's not bright.
i cannot point at the direction where the sun exist so cannot have a compass incide me.
By the way, the stewardesses of the Austrian Airlines wear vivid red from top to toe.
toe... with sexy red stockings.
they are in striking contrast with this pale color of the sky.
But in the street, people wear rather dull tone.
they're melting into each other.
...it's pretty COLD