The beekeeper

Trip Start Feb 15, 2007
Trip End Jul 17, 2007

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Friday, February 23, 2007

After Coimbra I decided to come to Guimarães for the carnaval, attending the invitation I got from the people here. I was picked up in the train station by my hosts, Filipa and Helena and shortly after we went to the movies to see The Departed / Os Infiltrados / Entre Inimigos. Fortunately the movies in Portugal are usually subtitled and not dubbed, but that didn't avoid some rather puzzling moments, when I didn't pay attention to the speech and couldn't guess what had been said by reading the text. I soon adapted to it, but still some things were pretty funny, especially the way they translated the bad words. :) And then there was an interval right in the middle of the movie, long enough for me to forget what was going on... Still I enjoyed the movie.
The next night was the carnaval party, very funny to spend the carnaval in Portugal. :) But here in Guimarães all there was was this party on Monday (nothing like the four days of parties going on everywhere we get in Brazil), which looked like a pretty standard night club party in Rio, except that (almost) everybody wore a costume and there were some really strange Portuguese songs. Some of them were obviously joke songs, but I was hard pressed to determine which... Plus my communication skills proved to be still deficient when I ordered a beer and got a coffee. But on second thought maybe it was the bartender's fault - if I were a bartender and some guy asked me for coffee during the carnaval party I would undoubtedly hand him a beer. The party was good, but the best about it was surely seeing my hosts and some of their friends dancing dressed as bees, while another one dressed as a beekeeper. :)
The next day I spent sleeping and the two others wandering around the city, which is pretty nice. Especially the narrow streets lined with stone houses where people have to hug the walls whenever a car comes. And it seems also that almost everywhere you can eat reasonably good food, even if it is the cold liver sandwich I got for lunch one day because it was cheap (and it was good, believe me). I also got a cell phone and a camera (finally!), so a few pictures should be here as soon as I can upload them.
Thanks again to Filipa, Helena and their very friendly dog, if they ever read this. :)
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marja on

Language barriers ?
Yeah, I still think the Portuguese understand us better than we do them, because of the so many soap operas Globo sells them. I can't understand why we here have to be happy with just one or other book that happily hasn't been translated from Portuguese to Portuguese ...

rac on

Estou por aqui, viu?
Acompanhando tudo e me divertindo bastante.
Bjs e tudo de bom!!!

rmusse on

rats... and now bees??
hahaha i can imagine the look on your face at this carnival party. and HOW COME can you mess it up when ordering beer IN PORTUGUESE???? God, there are things in life i just dont get!! :P
the thing is PARTY ON!!! and plz let us know ur cel phone number so I can send u a sms (VIVO delivers sms to Portugal at least!!)

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