I got a chance to spend 3 days in Lisbon. I was working there installing 30 new computers for a big company. This was my first time working abroad to carry out a project in a tight deadline, I did get one evening to see places.
The tower of Belem is an interesting fort structure in the sea.
This is a weird place. Its a stadium for bull fighting. This cruel and outdated sport is probably not popular here, but I didn’t realise the Portugese did it, I thought it was just a Spanish thing. It looks like an Islamic building, which it is and it isn’t. Its design was influenced by Muslim architecture.
I chatted to some staff there at my work place and to some taxi drivers. They are eager to ask what I think of Brexit. I would say to many non-Brits this is a little bit of a taboo subject as its got so many f my people upset and uncertain about the future.
I really like Portugal, but salaries are very low, and young professionals are leaving. A taxi driver told me he works 6 days a week and long hours for 1000 Euros a month. Looking at this, I was shocked to see that salaries are half of Spain. Portugese are often mistaken for Spanish and this gets them annoyed. I did managed to tell a waiter ‘Gracias’ instead of ‘Obrigardo’ when I finished my breakfast and he took my plate, a few seconds later I realised my error.
Ask for a beer (ie: a non specific size) in Portugal and you will get a 200ml class. I got a paella type (it was called something else) fish dish, which came with bread and this nice soft cheese. Most popular local beer is called Super Bock. Ask for a beer in Sweden and you get 400ml. Ask for a beer in Austria and you will get 500ml. That’s where I went next. Portugese custards are really a must also!