It’s a champagne Sunday, amazing kindness from Portuguese.

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It’s 1:23 pm on Sunday here and I’m feeling a bit too stoned to type hahahaha.  I’m not really much of a drinker as my friends will know, but I do have my moments and today is one of them.  We opened a bottle of magnificent champagne at 11:40 am and now we’re on a bottle of excellent Portuguese vinho verde and I feel like I’m floating on air right now. Kumar is cooking a fish lunch (red fish) and I came to my room to check my messages and suddenly I decided to write a short article in WordPress. Kumar will be back to work tomorrow so back to cooking for me.

Last week we received the most amazing kindness from a Portuguese man who appeared from nowhere in the checkout queue in Lidl Supermarket, Pragal. We had a very heavy load to carry home and the man saw me struggling with all the shopping and suddenly announced that he would take us home in his car. He had a huge new airconditioned car and we were home ten minutes later. I’ve never been more grateful in my life. We often come across amazing spontaneous kindness here in Portugal. Of course, just like anywhere else, not everybody is good and I’ve met a few nasty characters here but in general, Portuguese people are incredibly helpful and kind and I feel totally at home here in Cacilhas. My neighbours here are also generally very kind although the people upstairs are pretty anti social and I wish they’d move somewhere else.

I have loved living here in the Lisbon area for the past 2.1/2 years and also loved all the stupidly cheap prices of wine hahaha. We get a lot of visitors here for most of the year, even though this apartment is much too small. We just take two visitors maximum at one time. The weather is a bit too hot for me here and we have no airconditioning here. I wouldn’t mind moving to Austria or Germany where summers would be more bearable.

I haven’t edited this post because I am seeing double right now. I’ll correct any mistakes tomorrow.

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8 thoughts on “It’s a champagne Sunday, amazing kindness from Portuguese.

  1. Is it really two and a half years that you’ve been in Portugal? Where did the time fly to!
    I’m happy for you that you’ve had a great Sunday, even if you are feeling a little seedy 😉
    I’m recovering from having a lens replacement (cataract) Surgery was last Wednesday but being me I am impatient to get over the side effects. Getting older is not for sissies! Have a good week my friend.

    1. Hello Maureen. It’s always a pleasure to hear from you. Yes, where did the time go? I can’t believe it either. I know what you mean about getting older. Maureen I hope your sight will be really clear very soon. Hug from Dai.

  2. Hi Dai. That was some amazing show of kindness by the man at supermarket. All Portuguese people I’ve met have been incredibly friendly too! I wish I could go back again to the country for a visit. Sounds like you had a very relaxing Sunday hehhe. I was at a wedding party of our friends on Saturday and Polish wedding parties are really crazy.. Dancing, drinking and partying all night long. We were back home at 6 in the morning and spent most of Sunday just sleeping. But now it’s back to work and the weather is again chilly and cloudy, something you wouldn’t mind I guess heheh

    1. Hi Pooja, you are dead right. I keep checking the sky for clouds but the occasional passing cloud is always empty. We had some clouds three days ago but no rain unfortunately. Yesterday was really enjoyable, Pooja. You should have been here. I did very little work and just relaxed and drank. Kumar always cooks lunch on Sundays and yesterday he cooked a large red fish with french fries and vegetables. It was excellent. I wasn’t really drunk but very merry for sure and after lunch I had a great siesta hahaha.

  3. I have a lot of catching up to do reading all the posts I’m following. I’m 3 days late reading this and I guess you’re sober by now. You’re lucky prices of wine are cheap in Lisbon. Over here, a bottle of good wine would cost approximately USD25 and a bottle of champagne at USD60. (“⌒∇⌒”)

    1. hahaha yes I’m very sober now, Pat. I could never afford to drink if I lived in Malaysia. I wonder why it’s so expensive there

      1. Imported wine and whiskey are expensive due to the VAT. Advertising of liquor, wine and beer is banned in accordance with Islamic prohibition of alcohol and the sale of alcoholic beverages is limited to Non-Muslims. (▰˘︹˘▰)

      2. So that’s why I could buy beer when I was there. Yes it was expensive.Nothing beats an ice cold beer at the end of a hot and humid day.

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