Overview (via Goodreads):
paper airplane by Kersten L. Kelly
Paperback, 228 pages
Published January 2013 by Talisman Book Publishing LLC
ISBN 0985348720 (ISBN13: 9780985348724)
Edition language: English
I think it was a really interesting book. I love to travel. I prefer traveling by train, but because it’s faster usually I travel by airplane. With this book, the author can change the way you see airplane trips (the trip itself but also those moments while you wait to get into the plane), and I found myself thinking about the times I traveled to see if I could remember something similar of some things that she tells us.
The author tells us stories of her trips and also different stages of her life. The way she describes the places she has been made me want to go there and visit, to see with my own eyes what she says.
In the beginning of the book, Kersten L. Kelly described her childhood in a funny way with which some of us can identify. The event with the bully really made me laugh. I imagined the scene on my mind: simply funny, but yet she could give it a really special meaning.
I had to smile or even laugh with some of the paragraphs.(By the way, the thing about eh middle seat in the beginning of the book: I agree on that… I’ve been there!).
She meets different people, some of them really intriguing individuals. She gets to know and to tell us different stories resulting in different experiences for the author on her various trips around the world. It includes stories of herself and her family. And also the way she describes some places she has visited made me want to go there and see it with my own eyes.
A reflection about different subjects according to each passenger she meets and his/hers story of living or the thoughts that came to Kesrten’s mind when looking and/or talking to them. Some of these people have really important things to say, important messages that we should know.
One of the chapters that touched me the most was “Jonah, the Philanthropic Sailor” because of the whole story around it, not only because of the man the author meets on the airplane, but also because of the reflection she made after meeting him, including her own experiences.
And the chapter “Ira, the Hungry Watchdog” made me laugh because I have an experience more or less like this one (except he didn’t eat my food…).
A must read!
The flights are booked… Oh, please, please, I want to go… now!
Very close to each other (same metro station and everything), you can find two of the most beautiful and magical places right in the center of Lisbon.
Baixa and Chiado are my two favorite places where I can easily go anytime I want, because the transports are really good and being in the center of Lisbon I get there quite fast.
There you can see all types of people, from suited men in the middle of a day of work, to goths and hippies, and families of tourists on a daily walk. It makes me feel good to see all these different people, the diversity of human race.
In Baixa there are a lot street artists along the many streets: statue man/woman, musicians, dancers, and all kinds of performers. In Chiado you can find it too, specially around the metro station where lots of people stop to watch and listen… It doesn’t matter if they are shopping, if they went there for a drink, or if they just finished work and are on your way to go home: most people stop and join the crowd.
One day I went there with my boyfriend on one of his first days in Lisbon and I wanted to show him the magic of the place. It was amazing when we were going up on a big street in Chiado and we see lots of people just standing there listening to a couple who was playing violins and singing opera, in the middle of the street. Simply magical!
In Baixa the streets show you the old Lisbon. The buildings, the statues, the pavement. You go down until you arrive Terreiro do Paço and you can sit down and watch the river.
|One of the many streets on Baixa|
|When you arrive to Terreiro do Paço|
|Inside the square of Terreiro do Paço|
|In Terreiro do Paço, the statue of D. José I, king of Portugal (someone told me it’s São Jorge…I’m just telling what people told me)|
|Torre do Relógio|
When I was there with my boyfriend the first time, I took him to a nice restaurant right in front of the tower where they serve, among other very tasty things, Francesinha, a typical Portuguese dish from Porto (in the North of Portugal). I know I should have told him to eat something typical from Lisbon, but I love francesinha, and it’s hard to find a place where they make it well. When it’s well made, it’s divine!
It’s a mixture of meats, including beef and sausage, chips, fried egg, bread, ham, cheese and an amazing sauce with lots of things I can’t quite remember them all. Sometimes it’s a little to spicy for me, but I always eat it all, because I really, really love it!
If you go up a little further you arrive to another square: Rossio. The train station also stops there.
|In the square of Rossio|
Again in Baixa, you can try to find the way to the castle, Castelo de São Jorge. On your way up you see lots of churches and beautiful places where you can have an amazing view of Lisbon.
|Really cool tree on the way to the castle|
|One of the churches you see|
|And this is part of Lisbon; you can see it on your way to the castle|
And if you are in Chiado you can go up a little bit and you find yourself in Adamastor, a place to chill while having a drink with your friends. It’s really romantic too for couples, specially because of the sunset.
The place is always crowded. You can either sit on the little coffee shop, in the stones on the ground where you can stay near the river, or in the grass.