LACK OF COMMUNICATION

One of the things I love about Portugal is the inability to converse with the natives.

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As we all know the majority of the spoken word is wasted on expressing opinions of little worth, silly banter and boring anecdotes. (Avid readers fall into a different category …. obviously).

I’m very pleased to keep my communication restricted to “Good morning”, “Good afternoon” and “Can I have a milky coffee please?”.

The people in our little village are very smiley and friendly but I’m quite relieved I can’t understand all the internal backbiting and bitchiness, local politics and gossip that is endemic to small communities.

Keep life simple and just get on with your own thing, that’s my motto.

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