The “In a Nutshell” series superficially summarizes an entire city, region, or country in a few bullet points. Ignoring historical and cultural complexities, I give you Portugal … in a nutshell:
- When ordering hot chocolate, be advised that this means melted chocolate in a cup. It’s delicious, but I wouldn’t suggest drinking an entire cup for breakfast unless you’d like to wage war on your stomach.
- There are hills everywhere, and they’re truly alive with the sound of music. Okay, I made the second part up.
- Even if you don’t understand Portuguese, listening to fado music will make you feel all … Portuguese-y.
- The Portuguese are great conversationalists, whether speaking to you in English, French (refer to post about the Francophile taxi driver) or Spantuguese (refer to post about the too-young-for-us Lisbon boys).
- If you don’t love Portuguese food, there’s something wrong with you. Seriously.
- Cherry liquor. Chocolate shot cup. That is all.
- Portugal is the kind of place that makes you feel at home, so much so that you begin wondering how much it might cost to rent an apartment and wishing you could walk your dog around town.