1. If you were to write a Travel diary from your trip to Portugal, what would your title be? What does this title mean to you?
“Meter o Rossio na Betesga” (literally “Put Rossio in the Betesga”) is one of the expressions I jotted down in my travel diary during my visit to Lisbon. Betesga is the shortest street in the city (just 10 meters) while Rossio is a large square. So this phrase is used when you want to say that a place is too small for the number of objects or people you want to fit in it, a bit like the styles of Lisbon (and Portugal). Too many to be enclosed in a single postcard.
2. If you were to send a postcard from your “trip” right now, to whom would you send it? What message would you write?
I would send it to the young children of my friends, hoping to make them feel that same feeling of wonder, curiosity and excitement as when, as a child, in the summer, I would receive a postcard and turn it over to discover the sender. All those postcards contributed to increase in myself, then a child, the desire to travel and discover worlds different from my own.
3. What is one of your objects that will remind you of this “journey”? What is the memory attached to it?
I have a hard time choosing just one. In particular, I was fascinated by the many postcards (and perhaps this column is a legacy of that memory) for sale in the many flea markets between Lisbon and Porto. During this trip we purchased several items, now for sale in the “Objets trouvés” section of the Caleido Shop.