I don't get the point why they translate city names? Isn't it the identity of a place? Same thing when people call me Martha when I'm Marta. I understand is all to make it easier for people who can't pronunce well because of the language, but common let's make an effort. At least I smile when a foreigner says Lisboa instead of Lisbon or Porto instead of Oporto, doesn't it sound much better Milano instead of Milan?
Hmmm let's talk about LisboA. I think it's a pretty awesome place with many hidden spots to discover, it keeps the old buildings and you have a true feeling what is portuguese culture. You cannot miss a Fado night or Bairro Alto by night or day. Many artistic and alternative places you can express yourself. What I like best is that there's always a lot to do, if I wanna go to the theater or any interesting workshop gotta travel almost 300 kms to come to Lisboa. Also is a great escape from your confort zone, when you live in the South and you decide to attend College in Lisboa, completly different World, where you can get lost easily. I would. All the parties every night plus after parties and after after parties, it's madness! (I'm living that right now, please someone take me back South, too muc fun going on)
I'm a pround capital person :) But the truth is: I wouldn't be happy to live in Lisboa. It's too big, too much stress, I can't see myself taking a bus one hour per day to go back home, or spending almost all my money in a expensive home in downtown? I prefer peace, cycling, relax places. But Lisboa is still in my heart and great for a week.