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Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon is one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities in all of Europe, the majestic “city of seven hills” filled with thousands of years of eclectic architecture, from the winding and cobblestoned medieval streets of Alfama, to the Moorish palaces of Sintra cherished by Lord Byron, to the Jazz-era cafes, to the pristine and warm summer beaches and the vibrant contemporary nightlife of Bairro Alto. 

It is an ancient city filled with inspiring traditional culture and a modern-day international reach.   It may be an as-yet unfamiliar destination for many of our students, but the surprises and discoveries that await you will most certainly have a positive transformative effect on your life and art.  

Lisbon, the western-most capital in Europe, is also one if its “best kept secrets.”  It has every bit of the charm and magic (often much more) of Europe’s most tourist-crammed cities, but without the crowd or cost.  Lisbon is often cited as one of Europe’s most affordable cities, with fresh, eclectic and world-class cuisine and entertainment at a fraction of Paris prices.  

It is a destination of intrigue and excitement, but also one of quiet contemplation—the perfect combo for the apprentice writer.  And over the last three years, Disquiet International has become renowned for programming that will steep its attendees in Lisbon life, art, and literature, yet provide the support and guidance novice world-travelers so often desire.

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