I apologize for the fancy, almost dramatic title, but there was a time, somewhere between 2020 and the end of 2021, that I truly believed neither of these two things would happen again: that I’d be writing about travel and that Lisbon would be crawling would tourists.
It wasn’t until the pandemic hit in 2020 that I realized how Tripper was frustrating me. It’s not that I don’t like to travel and write about it (I still do), but my creative side was being overrun by worries about word count and backlinks and growth and social media followers and ugh.
Fantasporto 2021 happens on a new date and a new venue, but the changes stop there. The festival remains true to its essence amid a pandemic.