And if somehow you speak another language, you can be confident he will learn it, even if it is just to say, “Hey, what are you doing tonight?
But after a while you wouldn’t mind if he knew a little bit less.
It’s not because you don’t like him, but it totally ruins your day when you see him at the coffee shop feeling all excited to tell him something you just found out, and he already knows it!
Or in other words, his general knowledge kicks ass.
So much that if in the beginning you will wonder why he is not working in politics.
He will serve his own alcoholic beverage at family dinner and he will sit down to discuss it all passionately with his best friend, sister, uncle or the next-door neighbour. Maybe for others money is the measure of success, but for your Portuguese man, if he cannot dream of it, it’s not success. Talking about the weather is not a good way of starting a conversation.
He will tell you his secrets, share strong opinions about virtually everything from fixing the roads to solving global warming, and expect to hear yours. If you both agree, you will be closer, if you don’t he will spend the next couple of hours either trying to prove you wrong or trying to understand. You know that terrible, scary day when you get to meet his parents: do you feel scared? The older he is, the happier they will be meet you.
He was supposed to be meeting me in the reception area but wasn’t there.
I asked the receptionist, a lovely Russian lady, to call his room but there was no answer, so she made an announcement over the PA system.
Of course, that will not stop him from texting you telling he is off this weekend to see the Benfica-Sporting game in Lisbon.