Oeiras in Portugal is vastly different than any other city I've ever lived. Although only a short 25-minute train from Lisbon, the cities couldn't be more different.

In fact, Oeiras doesn't really feel like a city at all. Instead, the quiet town, filled with high-rises feels more like a collection of people, stocked with a few shops and bars but nothing too unique or interesting to define it. In that mundane setting, I was staying for 10 months in 2016 while I was volunteering for a social project.