Portuguese habits you’ll pick if you live in Portugal (part I)

You know what they say about “when in Rome,” and being in Portugal isn’t any different. It’s easy to get caught up in “a vida Portuguesa” (the Portuguese life), which equates to spending lots of time outside, drinking espressos throughout the day, developing an appreciation for fish and/or seafood, and braving the cold Atlantic Ocean (even if only stepping in as far as your ankles). Here are a few other habits that you can’t help but pick up when you live in Portugal. (by theculturetrip.com)

Developing an addiction for the sun | Whether you become a beach bum (which is highly likely) or head to the local miradouros every chance you get, it’s easy to get used to the year-round sunny days. Cafés and restaurants offer terrace seating; rooftop bars are common, and the parks are favorite meeting places for many. When the sun almost always shines, you can’t help but expect it and feel deprived when it’s gone.

Looking for a bargain | Outdoor flea markets, free city-wide events, free museum entrance on Sundays—there are plenty of ways to enjoy the country on a budget. Rarely do residents pay more than they need to, even if paying more means convenience (sitting at a restaurant sooner or buying the first item they find). Locals know that patience is a virtue and prefer waiting if that means getting a great deal.

Accepting that 10–15 minutes late is being on time | To the Portuguese, being a bit late is being on time, and accepting that fact will keep you happy and sane.

Craving caracóis during the summer | Okay, perhaps this pertains more to people living in Lisbon than outside of it. After you get over the fact that the creatures on your plate have antennae, the oregano and garlic flavors will keep you coming back for more.

Feeling incredulous over the idea of dinner before 8 PM | Dinners in Portugal may not be as late as they are in neighboring Spain, but people rarely eat before 8 PM, especially on the weekends. Plus, when your dietary schedule includes post-lunch coffee and snacks (between 4–6 PM), it’s easy to push dinner back for later.

Dinner is never early!

Meals that last between two and three hours become the norm | While weekday lunches last around an hour (people need to work, after all), dinners and weekend meals are usually a longer affair. Portuguese people truly enjoy their meals as well as their company, and rushing is unheard of.

Automatically kissing people when you say hello and goodbye also becomes normal | Portuguese people greet each other and say goodbye with a kiss on each cheek; the only exception is when men greet other men and a handshake or a pat on the back will suffice.

Stay tooned for more next time!

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