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Fear and loathing in a Lisbon Airbnb. By The Oldie's Country Mouse, Giles Wood

Regulars | By Giles Wood

Lisbon. Wikimedia Commons Image.

Since druidic times, physicians have recommended a change of location as a panacea. The nature-writer Richard Jefferies (1848-1887) said, ‘If men should acquire the art of flying, there can be no doubt that migration would become the custom, and whole nations would change their localities.’ I suspect Jefferies was envisaging wing suits or jet packs. For there is nothing artistic about the series of endurance tests that await the modern frequent, or even infrequent, flier who signs up for a misleadingly named ‘city break’. Even the rail journey to the airport must often be abandoned owing to the euphemistically-known ‘incidents on the line’. Dante’s nine circles of Hell spring to mind as the passenger begins to pass through security. This now involves what feels to older geezers like a ritual humiliation, as we are forced to unbuckle our trouser belts and struggle out of carefully laced stout boots before being...

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