• Bob Tapper

Hello from Lisbon!


Well, we're off to a new year - and for me, a new lockdown. The Covid numbers in Portugal have risen, and one of the challenges for a smaller country, is a smaller (and overwhelmed) hospital system. So here we are, with everything closed except essential stores. The lockdown is supposed to last until March 1st, so my fingers are crossed that we'll turn things around. I must say, if I'm going to be locked down, there's no place I'd rather be than in the beautiful country of Portugal. In the meantime, I'm going to try and keep living my best life!


Ocean Vibes

As I've mentioned before, a couple things I love about being in Lisbon is the ocean and nice weather. This makes lockdown much more bearable, and fortunately we are allowed to go outside. This photo was actually taken in Cascais, about 40 minutes from Lisbon by train. I'll share more about this little seaside gem on the Portugese Riviera next month!

New Photos

I had a great time on a photoshoot by Jorge Albuquerque, who in addition to being a great photographer is also a well-known Portugese actor! We found several scenic spots in Lisbon (which is not hard to do) to take some photos. He's a very talented guy and we had so much fun - and I was really happy with the pictures he took!

Castle of the Moors

I did manage to do some exploring in January, and headed to Sintra, Portugal - a 45 minute train ride. Once there, you can hike up a pretty steep hill and see the Castle of the Moors! The hike up takes about an hour and the view at the top is well worth the climb!

Finally...

Even though we're locked down, the good news is that I am staying here in Lisbon until May! I met with the immigration and borders service and completed all the necessary paperwork to stay longer than my allowed 90 days.


Here's the way I look at it: I had an incredibly wonderful Christmas and New Years. Everything was open (except for the curfew during the afternoon and evenings on the weekends) - and I attended a few holiday dinner parties (Covid-safe) and spent New Years eve and day with some new friends. The streets were beautifully lit and it was a holiday season I'll never forget.


However, things have changed. Almost one year ago, I went through this same thing in Croatia. I found a way to adjust, and best of all, learned more about surrendering and being at peace with whatever is going on. I just have to roll with it and trust that everything is working out for my greater good. And I'll look back on this time at some point and it will make much more sense than it does right now. Isn't that the way life works?


Thanks for following along! Stay safe and healthy everyone!


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Hello from Lisbon!


One year ago today, I was in Vienna, Austria ready to start a new chapter in my life. It now seems so long ago, considering what we’ve all been through this past year. I remember how excited I was to wake up in a different country, facing unfamiliar territory and ready to navigate a brand new world!


Of course this was pre-Covid, and things were about to change. Looking back, I realize my 2020 experience was different from most others. I’m so fortunate to not have to worry about losing a job, or having children out of school, separated from their friends, or worried about whether I can put food on the table. I chose to rebuild the structure in my life in fun, exciting ways. It wasn’t forced darkly upon me quickly, like it was for so many others.


My 2020 journey was unique to me. I didn’t know what to expect from this journey of travel and fresh experiences, but I certainly didn’t expect to deal with a global pandemic.


It’s interesting to look back on the monthly blog I’ve been writing, so this year-end blog is like a walk down memory lane. If you’re inclined to read further, this has been my 2020 experience!


Vienna

This is the last time I remember normal. Honestly, the weather was a bit cold for me, but the feeling of being in a different country and beginning a new journey made up for it. Since I no longer had to drive my car to an office every day and work from 8 to 5, I had to create a different structure in my life. I joined a gym, a yoga studio, a Wednesday night Improv Group, and did plenty of train travel on weekends to nearby countries like Slovakia, Czechia, and Hungary. The food, culture, and lifestyle of Austria and surrounding countries was magical. My next chapter was well underway, but things were about to change...

Croatia

Covid-19 was nipping at my heels as I barely made it to Zagreb before the borders closed in mid-March. It wasn’t long before I found myself locked down (with stores and restaurants closed, including transportation) and days later experiencing the scariest earthquake I’d ever felt in my life (coming from California yet!) Airline flights out of Croatia were non-existent and I do remember a couple days feeling fairly isolated and alone. But somehow (which I credit to my daily meditation and connection with God,) I found my groove. I remember April weather being incredibly warm and beautiful, with blue skies and 70 degree temperatures almost daily. That certainly helped! There were a couple of parks within walking distance where I did yoga with the sun beaming down on me. In the mornings, I’d sit on a bench in King Tomislav Square, drinking my coffee while listening and watching the big water fountain. Just contemplating life. I adjusted, and felt comfortable in the solitude of it all.


Fortunately, things returned to what seemed like normal during the month of May. I traveled down to Split (near the Adriatic Sea) - and also visited Plitvice Lakes National Park with my personal tour guide (a wonderful guy named Nikica) while walking around the most beautiful waterfalls, lakes, and creeks I’d ever seen. Usually packed with tourists, the park was nearly empty. It was surreal.

London

Even though there were some travel restrictions, I easily got to London in June where there was a semi-lock down. The trains were still running, so each day I journeyed into the city, walking the empty streets of the West End and Trafalgar Square. I was also able to join a co-working space in Camden Town, which gave me a sense of normalcy and a place to go to each day. By July and August, things were opening up and for a few months life felt...pretty good! I even took the train to Paris for a week! Then came September, when I had the most amazing time of my life attending my month long Masterclass in Screen Acting at the Actor’s Studio UK - and going to Pinewood Studios every single day! It was a life changer, and the result was my acting showreel!

Scotland

I’ll never forget the leisurely and scenic four-hour train ride from London to Edinburgh. My summer in London was over, and it was time to move on. I loved autumn in Edinburgh - it was so beautiful! But unfortunately Covid was getting bad again and things were shutting down. I got to know the City of Edinburgh quite well and even made it to Glasgow, but I never got to see the Highlands or any of the other scenic parts of Scotland. Time was short, but I’ll be back!!

Portugal

I had planned to go to Athens, Greece after Scotland - but Covid restrictions were tough there. I had read where Portugal was pretty easy to travel into (and the Covid restrictions were not too harsh) so it was onward to Lisbon! As it turns out, it was an excellent choice. The climate here is mild, people are friendly, and the city is stunning! It’s also close to the ocean and they have palm trees - creating a real California vibe! My Christmas was fantastic, strolling the colorful, holiday decorated and beautifully lit streets. I also attended several socially-distanced dinner parties where I ate some really good food and new friendships were formed. I’ve been really happy here!

Finally...

I’m supposed to leave Portugal in early February, but given that travel is once again hindered by Covid, I’m not sure where the next destination will be. I’m hoping to extend my stay here, so you’ll have to wait until my next blog post to find out what happens!


A meme I saw a while back said “We’re all in different boats, but we’re in the same storm.” We all have to weather the storm in our own way, but remember we’re not alone. I guess we all have to count our blessings where they can be found - and live life the best we can. I remain thankful and grateful. Here’s to a brighter 2021!


Thanks for following along! Stay safe and healthy everyone!


ACTOR // CREATIVE // VOICE TALENT


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Hello from Lisbon!


So, it's onward to Lisbon, Portugal! Things changed quickly for me in November. I'm never sure how Covid will affect my travels. In Edinburgh, the lockdown and restrictions were such that I really couldn't do much. Restaurants had closed, as had many stores, and nothing stayed open past 6pm. Then came the talk of restricting travel.


I had planned on staying in Scotland until the end of November. But the fewer Covid restrictions, warmer temperatures, and the ability to cross the border into Portugal made me want to leave sooner. And so I did...

I had heard wonderful things about Lisbon, so I knew I'd probably really like it here. It has really exceeded my expectations! The pleasant temperatures are very welcome, and the closeness to the ocean gives me California vibes. They even have palm trees here!


My Airbnb is super cozy, and I'm about a 10 minute walk to the ocean. On the way, I stroll through beautiful streets with European charm - cool stores, awesome cafes, and stunning buildings with magnificent architectural design.


Loving Lisbon

I love being near the ocean again! Lisbon hits all the right spots for me. I'll have many more pictures to share since I'll be here for a while, but this place truly makes me happy!

Christmas in Lisbon

I'll be spending Christmas here, and I must say the city is lit so beautifully at night! It feels good to be in a place that celebrates at this time of year. Though I can't be with my family during the holidays, strolling through these streets and looking at these decorations gives me so much joy!

Acting 2020: Highlights

I've had so much fun this year exploring the actor inside me. Being creative and getting outside my comfort zone is something I really wanted to experience. In June, I took a two-hour train ride to Stoke-on-Trent, UK to work with director Chris Stone to shoot a fun scene called Hollywood to Homeless. Then, my Airbnb host's son and I made a couple short films where I got to play a crazy author (Andy Wexler) - and a wizard (Mr. Umbridge) in a Harry Potter Fan Film called The Trials of Mr. Umbridge. And I finished up my time in London with two scenes filmed at the Actors Studio UK/Pinewood Studios! Here's the highlight reel:

Finally...

I'm closing in on the end of my first year traveling through Europe and the UK, and looking back, I am just so thankful and grateful to be on this journey.


In addition to having seen many new parts of the world, I've started on a new, professional career - having filmed some acting scenes and trained with the best at Actors Studio UK and Pinewood Studios. I am ready to take on 2021!


I'll be in Lisbon for about two more months and leaving in February. There is so much to see and explore here. Portugal is such a beautiful country, and I can't wait to see more of it. I'll be sharing more pictures and videos in the next couple of months!


I'm not sure where I'm going next, but I don't have to think about that at the moment. I just want to take in this experience and live life the best I can.


Thanks for following along! Stay safe and healthy everyone!


ACTOR // CREATIVE // VOICE TALENT


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Bob Tapper

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www.bobtapper.com

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