|The pavements in Lisbon are all cobbled|
I just went to Lisbon for work. I left home at midday on Tuesday, and got home at midnight on Friday. That's 74 hours away from home. It includes 14 hours on aeroplanes, 10 hours in 4 airports (Tel Aviv, Rome, Lisbon, Paris), 18 hours in meeting rooms, 7 hours in restaurants with colleagues, 27 hours in a hotel room, and a bunch of transit time.
- They don't seem to have very good Wi-Fi
- They like cod. A lot. Apparently they have 200 ways to cook cod.
- They like eating thin steak with egg on top.
- Portuguese parents are like Israeli ones – calling their kids every day, cooking too much food, wanting to always be near by their children – 20mins is almost too far.
- The country had a dictator for many years, and a lot of people remember him fondly and wish that they still had his financial management, especially considering the country is now bankrupt.
- Portuguese tarts are totally delicious! Flaky pastry with a custard filling, slightly charred on the top. Like magic.
- Women kiss men on both cheeks even when you first meet them (a bit close for me!).
- The Portuguese seem to be big on hygiene. Hand disinfectant everywhere. Plastic toilet seat covers.
- Most people have dark, straight hair. No gingers as far as I can see. And no curly hair. So I don't exactly blend in (which I do in Israel, if you would believe. There appear to be more gingers in Israel than in Australia, and combined with curly hair being so common, I look like a local! Who would have thought).