Ok, so you’re thinking of going to Portugal but you have no clue what it will be like. Well, we have a few tips for you if you are thinking of making that journey left of Spain.
Firstly, if you are a tourist, you can expect to be doing a lot of walking around. If you are a woman, then you might want to put on some heels. Let me stop you right there, that is the worst thing you can do. You see, most of Portugal’s streets are cobble and wearing heels on a cobble street is asking for a death wish. Stick to your hiking boots as a safe bet.
Thinking of using the ladies or gents? Then do take caution, your bottom might be in for a cold porcelain surprise. So, next time you want to use the throne, we suggest you bring your own toilet seat to shield yourself from the horrific experience.
Just like cod and wine are integrated consumptions of the Portuguese diet, so is soup. You will find a bountiful variety of soup when you go to Portugal… and it tastes good too.
Living in South Africa, we are used to Eskom’s load shedding, but if you are going to Portugal, then see load shedding as good preparation. Seems the Portuguese are a bit frugal when it comes to keeping the lights on at night. This can be credited to the hardships the country endured in the past. If you are afraid of the dark, we suggest you pack a torch.
Have you ever heard someone speak Portuguese? It kind of sounds like Russian but it’s not. I have attended a Portuguese function and I could swear I was surrounded by the mafia. It’s a very crude, yet beautiful language, which is by no means easy to master.
If you think taxi drivers are bad, it would appear that pedestrians and drivers in Portugal take it to the next level, as they practically ignore pedestrian crossings. A word of advice is to stay vigilant whether you are a driver or pedestrian and do not rely on your assumptions.
If you love children, then you will love Portugal, because they will love your child almost as much as you do. It would appear that every old lady is willing to be a youngster’s adopted grandmother, which just goes to show how closely knit they are.
Just because Portugal is close to Spain, do not assume that the same Mediterranean weather will wash over. If you find yourself to the North of Lisbon, then you might be in for a windy surprise. Spending time in Cape Town’s South Easter should help prepare you.
Who doesn’t love coffee? In Portugal, this also seems to be part of their daily ritual. But do not try anything fancy, just keep it simple and you should be fine.
One might assume that it’s a cruel world out there, but not when it comes to the natives of Portugal. It seems like they are always friendly to strangers, and the best part is that they have no ulterior motive. Their warm and friendly greet, is simply that, nothing more and nothing less.
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