Pigging Out!!

Trip Start Aug 30, 1985
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Portugal  , Guarda,
Saturday, September 3, 2011

My first day in Portugal started and ended quite quickly - I landed in Porto at around 4:30PM, spent thirty minutes convincing Portuguese customs officers that I was indeed an international MBA student and not armed with empty bottles to pilfer vino from the Douro Valley. The taxi driver who drove me to Matosinhos was quite chatty, and even gave me his business card after I'd paid him - not for future business alone, as he explained, but also for an invite to a Goan rave for New Years Eve.

Lugging 5 kilos of clothes and another 25 kilos of my mother's finest homemade delicacies into my new home, I greeted my new flatmate like a typical Indian chap - shy, yet formal handshake. And a small hug. I was yet to learn the Portuguese tradition of schmaltzy greetings.

A small welcome dinner was planned by the 2011-2012 Magellan class. I was exhausted; but decided to be polite and attend. The restaurant was called Cepa Torta (I think!), and had a nice variety of steaks and table wine on offer. Eneken (my Estonian flatmate) had made plans for the next day to go to a place called Pai Penela, somewhere close to the Spanish border, to eat a whole pig. 25 hours of travel and half a bottle of wine wasn't going to dissuade me from going - I hit the sack snoring like a pig, and dreaming about eating one.

According to Wikipedia, Męda is a municipality in Portugal with a total area of 286.1 km2 (110 sq mi) and a total population of 6,000 inhabitants. The city of Męda has a population of 2,004. It was promoted to city in December 2004. (Source: Wikipedia) Keeping this in mind, I couldn't help but think that Pai Penala would be little short of a ghost-town. I wasn't disappointed. It was deserted. But yet so exquisite!

The landscape was a treat to the eyes, and I wasn't disappointed with my first taste of Portugal either! The roast pig was scrumptious, and I knocked down 14 pints of Super Bock (the most delicious, refreshing beer ever) - not a bad start to my MBA journey! Plenty of photographs had to be taken, and Eneken was ever so helpful with her delightful poses.

I almost did a Bianca Castafiore ...

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Sumit on

Good one dude! By end of MBA, you can publish a book..... :P

Aarti on

Awsm! continue updating.. esp abt all the new things you learn!

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