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Lisbon CultureShocked Episode One

With the globe coming to terms with a new normal, it seems like everyone and their mommas are itching to get back into the skies with hopes to get #CULTURESHOCKED in faraway lands. Recently, I was fortunate enough to skip across the pond with my partner to Lisbon.

As the capital of Portugal and a major hub for great seafood, we couldn't pass up the opportunity to meet new folks and breathe foreign air. Upon touching down, we found ourselves nestled in a great hotel located right in the thick of the financial district of town. HF Fenix is the name, and music is their game. At around $90 USD per night, we found the spot to be a great home base for the first half of our Portuguese adventure. It's a music-based hotel, so we definitely made great use of the in-wall audio system that is cleverly placed in each room. The rooftop pool and bar is super clutch as well, as it's the perfect remedy to combat that city-exploring fatigue that we as tourists put ourselves through.

Do you like to shop? If so, Lisbon is the city for you. With open-air markets popping up on the daily, you can easily make a full day out of gift-grabbing whilst on go mode. We found ourselves at LX Factory, a posh marketplace dedicated to uniquely crafted merchandise that is oftentimes handmade. And as skaters, we were thrilled to find a lovely group called @LisbonRollers hosting one of their weekly meetups at Campo das Cebolas, a beautifully adorned open space right off the river. So check out our first day in Lisbon and leave your thoughts at the drop. More to come!

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James' passion for exploration and sense of duty to his community extends beyond himself. This means he is dedicated to providing a positive role model for other men and especially younger guys that need support so that they can thrive and be future positive contributors to society. This includes sharing wisdom, ideas, tips, and advice on subjects that all men should be familiar with, including: family travel, men's health, relationships, DIY advice for home and yard, car care, food, drinks, and technology. Additionally, he's a travel advisor and a leading men's travel influencer who has been featured in media ranging from New York Times to the Chicago Tribune, and LA Times. He's also been cited by LA Weekly "Top Travel Bloggers To Watch 2023" and featured by Muck Rack: "Top 10 Outdoor Journalists for 2022".

He and his wife Heather live in St Joseph, Michigan - across the lake from Chicago.