Revisiting - this time physically (28/04/14 17:16:00)
- so I've felt some emotional attachment to it. So the other week me and the siblings and all partners took an anniversary trip to Lisboa - with guides within the family.
It was a touch with multiple layers of history - the sea travel stories - Diaz, da Gama, a king, the colonies, the fish, the Brazilian drinks and meat.
"This 30-meter high obelisk was designed by António Thomaz da Fonseca and was erected in 1886 in memory of the country's liberation by the Restauradores who put an end to 60 years of Spanish domination in 1640. The bronze figures on the base of the obelisk symbolize Victory and Liberty. The monument also bears the names and dates of the battles during the Portuguese Restoration War."
The years listed on the obelisk are unpleasantly close to those in Yalom's Spinoza book - "Spinoza" was a Portuguese name, and Jews or converted Jews had a very hard time then.
So some anniversaries of victory or progress are anniversaries of defeat.
Not so much for the Carnation revolution. Losing colonies and dictatorships - methinks it's a good thing well worth a celebration on the very hotspots.
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