“I get drunked from that beers! : )”

Posted by len on September 12th, 2007

Those were the words text-messaged to me from my new friend, Victor, a Brazillian/Italian Electrical/Software engineer who’s been living in Lisbon for the past year.
I met up with him at 7:30pm at Campo Pequeno, a performance venue and mall complex here in Lisbon. We sat outside under some umbrellas and started into the Sagres beers and vinegared lima beans (kind of like edamame at a sushi restaurant).

And then the rain started. The rain came down so heavy and hard that I thought it might dent some cheaper cars. It did, apparently, set off a bunch of car alarms on the nearby streets. Each drop was like a small fishing weight. I haven’t been in that kind of a rain for many years.

Shortly after the rain began I had planned to meet Sue at her school, American School of Languages, where she was finishing her work day. By the time we met up the rain had subsided slightly so we were just slowly getting drenched looking for an open late-night restaurant. We found one. Looked too upscale but their prices were typical for most Lisbon restaurants. I confidently ordered two ‘vino tintos de la casa’. The waiter brought out a full bottle and started uncorking it. We were a bit worried we’d be fleeced if we didn’t ask the price so we did (how uncool). We were sure he said “treze euros”, 13 Euros. Okay. We typically don’t pay more than 3 euros for grocery store wine but we are escaping the rain and all. It turned out to be pretty good wine.

Even better, when we got the check we discovered that we had mistranslated the wine cost. Apparently he had said ‘3.20 Euros’. Sweet. A bottle of wine in a restaurant for about $4.50. Ah Portugal.

25 Responses to ““I get drunked from that beers! : )””

  1. Dan E Boy Says:

    Len. What kind of a blog was that. Surely a miscommunication that profits you a few dollars is hardly worth much in the way of literary effort (and that is what us loyal readers received). Now, If the story had been that you had to pay $30 or $300, a fight ensues followed by police and a vendetta by the portuguese mafia… Well, then you’ve got a story. Are you sure you don’t want to put an addendum on that last blog. Please. You have a reputation to uphold.

    Daniel. Closet critic and a lover of all things opera (post muerte de L.P.)

  2. len Says:

    Jeesh. Heather mentions she had fish for dinner and everyone oohs and ahs! I try to give a slice of life and I don’t get no respect! Okay, no more blogging!

  3. Heather Says:

    Whatev, Len. Trying to foster inter-bloggacial hatred. I won’t fall for it. Try talking about boobs. Seems to work for us.

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