What is LisbonInsideOut?
LisbonInsideOut is a new interview series that I’ve created to learn why foreign people, that live or have lived in Lisbon, chose this city and what they love about it.
This week I’m introducing you to Saara, a Finnish graphic designer that fell in love with Lisbon and its light on a holiday and decided to come back here to study her Master’s. She loves finding inspiration everywhere, including trash, hence why she created an Instragram account solely dedicated to Lisbon’s pretty trash.
Who is Saara?
Saara is a talented creative who goes by @saarahelkala on Instagram. I’ve had the chance to meet her in person twice and she is a lovely lady. I love her caligraphy work and the colorful pictures she posts of Lisbon. She’s not sure if she’s staying here after her Master’s so she’s enjoying every second of her stay here!
What made you move to Lisbon?
How long have you been here?
What do you do/what is your profession?
What is your favorite place in the city, and why?
There are so many! After moving to Lisbon, I’ve started a new habit: I try to drink coffee outside every single day, since the warm weather permits it. I love Portuguese coffee and especially all the charming kiosks. People watching just never tires me. I’d say one of my very favorite places is the purple kiosk at Praça das Flores. Of course I also love all the miradouros and gardens.
If you could take something from Lisbon home, what would it be?
What is the one thing you miss about Finland?
I know you’re doing your Master’s here, have you find it easy to integrate with the class?
Even though I’m doing a Master’s, most people in my class are a lot younger than me, so the age difference and the fact that my Portuguese is not very fluent has been an issue a bit. But I’ve made some nice friends.
Any other interesting facts worth mentioning?
Where can you follow Saara’s adventures?
Saara wears many hats! You can check out her work portfolio here. If you would like to get inspired by her photos try browsing through her personal Instagram account or her unique project @ihavethisthingwithtrash. She also has a blog where she writes about a variety of topics, mostly in Finnish!