Portugal is the first stop for 3 days. Boy has it been a blessing of a rest stop on my way to Guinea- Bissau. I have been able to practice my Portuguese, adjust my palate, and really let it sink in that I'm no longer in the US of A. So far I’ve come to notice a couple things:
Folks in Lisbon are dressed impeccably well ALL THE TIME! While I can absolutely appreciate casual/hippy/sporty American (and apparently English as well) waredrobe, there is definitely something to be said about a cultural norm of looking your best all the time. My step dad and I stuck out like sore thumbs walking around downtown. It is also 50 degrees outside and we are packed for 8 months of 85+ degree weather. Nonetheless its really inspiring so see literally everyone so well dressed.
The food is ooooh sooo good! Fresh bread, wine, grilled fish, potatoes and salad. On the other hand, my step dad ordered a nice steak with some French fries and rice. To be real, most people are ordering that as well. Regardless, it is obvious they are doing something right with food because no one is rocking the electric scooter look. There is a restaurant below where we are staying and the food is just amazing! We eat there every single day and i get the same thing every time. Its one of those places where you want to try what else they have but what you get is also too good to stray away from.