I’m connecting with you from our new home in Lagos – in southern Portugal. As you might know if you’ve been reading my last few blogs, Ron and I touched down in this land of enchantment with our visas about 7 weeks ago and are doing our best to get settled.
The learning curves have been steep… from how to work an ATM with our new Portuguese debit card (without knowing the language), getting our cell phone and internet service established (this is vital as it’s how I teach my online courses) and figuring out how to score some, ahem, Portuguese substances. With regard to that last item, after these few weeks of orienting ourselves, turns out it’s simply a matter of chatting up my 40-something (very cool) neighbor – more on that at another time.
A Learning Curve That’s a Slippery Slope
One learning curve that we climbed with ease was drinking wine! But it’s a learning curve that’s a slippery slope to be sure. Wine is everywhere and as one of our new Portuguese friends observed, “In Portugal, wine is cheaper than water.
Shockingly, you can buy a bottle of (decent) wine for as little as 2.50 euros (that’s about $2.50). Actually, even less than that – American friends who’ve been living here for nearly a year, buy Portuguese boxed “green wine” for like .99 cents. And in a restaurant it’s usually cheaper to buy a full bottle of wine than a single glass. So, what the heck, right? Just buy the bottle.