Best of Lisbon – a travel guide

Man, we love Lisbon. So much in fact that we go there once a year and stay for at least a week. Lucky for you too, because that means we have loads of great tips for you. Besides the obvious, of course. Which is getting as much Eurovision as possible and hunting down as many of those amazingly hunky Portuguese people as possible. We skipped the hotels, that are bound to be fully booked, but here’s a sample of the rest:

Nice areas to hang in besides the arena:

Warning: When in Barrio Alto, you might be exposed to this. And never quite recover

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Final remarks after the final

It was a pity Andres Putting wasn’t around to take our picture, but we did our best in iPhone blue.
Time to face the facts: Eurovision season is over. We have again started wearing cotton and going to sleep before midnight, there is not a cheesy Georgian bread in sight and no journalist has contacted us for a comment all day. All that is left are tons of good memories and our gelnails, that apparently never go away. Should have googled this before entering that nail salon in Kyiv, but at least pink and turquoise is in fashion.

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Fan of the day: Ingmar Van Bloois

As we gather in Kyiv, we meet a lot of great fans in all their gloriousness. But we shall not forget some of the most important fans are at home, following it all on their various screens. Time to present one of our favorite readers and Eurovision fans: Ingmar!

– Name, age, occupation, where are you from (we will welcome alternative facts here if needed)?

– My name is Ingmar van Bloois, I’m 25 years old and I live in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. I work as host in a health facility and besides that, I’m proud member of the board at the local and one of the eldest LGBTI-associations in the world, COC Rotterdam.

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What we noticed in the rehearsals

Boiled lobster. The latest trend from the food fashion capital of Europe, Tblisi Pic by Thomas Hanses/EBU
Yay, we got through the first couple of rounds of rehearsals and it was as fabulous as expected. We haven’t been following them as closely as we’d like to, as we have had the constant disturbance from our day jobs to deal with. But that’s about to change as we pack our polyester and head for Kyiv first thing tomorrow. And we did notice quite a few things all the same, of course. Here are the highlights:

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Hottest Eurovision male 2017

Time to decide what really matters in this year’s competition: Who is the hottest bloke?

The jury has had a difficult time, as usual. The careful selection process involved a lot of vodka, fighting over basic female rights and rather serious investigations into whether or not the candidates have been to Crimea. We decided to listen to Latvia and draw the line somewhere, so we agreed candidates young enough to be the parents of our grandchildren were not allowed. But we welcome Bulgaria, Australia and Ireland to try again when their artists are out of high school.

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Fan Of The Day: Mads Mortensen

Mads Mortensen is one of our favorite Danes, which says a whole lot since Denmark is one of our favorite countries and we secretly wish they could adopt us and grant us a second citizenship. Mads is both funny and sweet and represents the values we appreciate the most about the Eurovision fan community. It’s all about inclusion, tolerance and embracing the differences. Besides, he has a wonderful geeky side and knows his Eurovision history. He brings plenty of sass, dresses sharp, charms the girls and he invites you all to join the party. So without further ado, here’s Mads!

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Fan of the day: Kylie Wilson

The ultimate fan behavior is traveling to as many national finals as possible and getting tickets for every preview party and every live show in May including dress rehearsals, says Kylie Wilson. Guess that makes her pretty close to an ultimate fan – or part of the Eurovision royalty, we’d say. Let’s present her to you:

– Name, age, where are you from?

– Kylie Wilson. 29. Wales, UK via New Zealand.

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