Portugal means long lines. Portugal means slow walkers who don’t move out of the way. People speak quickly, but take their time in their conversation with the cashier when you’re in a rush and waiting on line. Comme un New-Yorkais, (this is who this blog is meant for…did you not know?) this is going to drive you insane…that means you need to learn to have patience in Portugal.
Comment avoir de la patience au Portugal
This Patience thing is a weird one for me. You have to assume everyone in the world walks at a different pace than you. Ici, au Portugal, les gens regardent réellement au monde, while we New Yorkers step over the poop on the street while dodging tourists and conducting multi-million dollar deals on our smartphones.
We as New Yorkers (and even some of you people from NJ…but not many) like efficiency. If I ask for something, Je compte obtenir en quelques secondes.
…Things are not the same in Portugal.
You need to have patience in Portugal. Here are a few scenarios:
Need to get something in a governmental office? Expect to stand in a queue for hours on a line. You should also expect people to then cut you in line.
Going to the tailor? Even after you have waited on line and you are explaining the fix you need, the ever famous “Tia de Cascais” will cut right in front of you like you don’t even belong and start a brand new conversation with the person who is taking care of you.
Vivre au Portugal est un test constant de patience.
You may think it’s like Florida….maybe South Carolina…maybe Southern Cali where it takes you about 15 minutes to get your coffee at the Starbucks. Nan. Ici, au Portugal, il est une chose complètement différente.
So how do you deal with it? How do you stand in the queue and not blow up at every person that cuts you off in line because just as soon as your turn is about to come lunchtime happens and the office closes?
Ce que je fais, is just think about the novel I will probably never write. I think about how to fix the crappy ugly tile in our bathroom. I just think about stuff. Ensuite, vous riez, prendre un café, et malédiction.
The Portuguese are probably thinking about the Benfica and Sporting Game. They may be thinking about business and getting more money. They may be also thinking about those pair of Puma shoes that Brazilian kid had. Apprendre d'eux. Mettez ailleurs votre esprit et être patient.
Détendez-vous les New-Yorkais. Profitez de ce pays.