Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Portuguese Way

Think of France, for instance, and dozens of images come to mind: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the baguette, moldy cheeses, hairy arm-pits, voilá etc.

The same, if we think of other European countries, we always associate something to the specific culture, even if it's an erroneous stereotype.

But, what about Portugal? Stereotyped images made of the Portuguese are more close to the Mexicans of old westerns than to reality. In general, the Portuguese are portrayed like the Italian or the Spanish, but what are the distinct traces that make the Portuguese, er, Portuguese?
Sex was a good way to start, but we should have more to show for, when, for instance, a loaded bus of elderly Japanese tourists comes to town? Or when we need to milk our counterparts of the E.U. for more communitary funds?

So, what is the Portuguese way?
I C 1 way to go back to be what we used to be, what do you see?
Please submit your theories, if you have any.
I will get back to you soon.