franky1st Portugal is incredibly beautiful, one of the least expensive European countries (if you don’t take into account the cost of apartments) and is famous for the fact that its residents are loyal to immigrants: the words “come in large numbers here” and sidelong glances from them are usually not heard or seen. All this makes the birthplace of port wine one of the most tempting places for immigration – and thousands of immigrants are in a hurry to change their countries for this little paradise. True, a couple of months after the move, they begin to notice that Portugal also has disadvantages. “Subtlety” found out why life in the land of azulejos and fantastic beaches can seem far from a fairy tale for six reasons.
1. Cold apartments
Sunny Portugal doesn't know what central heating is. You will be lucky – you will live in a new house with good windows through which the wind will not get through, with gas heating, and even a fireplace that can be romantically heated in the evenings. If you're not lucky, you'll find out what winter is like in a beautiful, but old house, where you have to plug cracks in windows and doors to keep out the draft, and save yourself with electric blankets, then receive huge energy bills.
Another problem of Portuguese housing is dampness due to humidity. Therefore, dehumidifiers will not interfere here so that mold does not start.
The Portuguese, like other residents of sunny coastal countries, suffer from a special disease, which is called here
amanya(amanha), translated – “tomorrow”. They try to postpone everything for amanya, including what can and should be done today. Due to amania in Portugal, it is problematic to receive ordered goods on time, it is impossible to conduct business normally, because agreements will be broken, and it is easy to get a nervous breakdown if this feature of the locals is not accepted.
4. Hell for ambitious careerists
Nepotism in Portugal is a common phenomenon: high positions here are secretly given to “their own”, so it is useless to count on a grandiose career in the homeland of port wine (unless, of course, you have married or married a representative of selected families – then the roads are open). In addition, salaries are very low in Portugal. Even in the IT sector, 1500 EUR is considered a good income, while in Germany an employee in a similar position will be paid 3500 EUR. And taxes are high.
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5. The ocean is not the sea
Portugal is not Italy or Turkey. Here, instead of the sea, there is the wayward Atlantic Ocean, and the beaches, although incredibly beautiful, are rocky, with high waves and blown by all the winds.
Enjoying swimming here is problematic, and letting a child go to the water alone is sometimes scary.
But surfing in Portugal is cool. True, few immigrants from the countries of the former USSR were hunters before him – there was nowhere to study. /sized/f550x700/ce/5g/ce5g9a06em80w080c4gwk480g.jpg” media=”(max-width: 549px)”>
6 . A strange dialect
It is most comfortable to speak Portuguese if you lisp and suffer from a slight runny nose (the latter, however, can be provided by local winds). Otherwise, you need to do a little violence on yourself each time in order to extract sounds similar to the speech of the local inhabitants. And you also need to constantly keep in mind that there should be “y” at the end of the word, and where you want to put “s” there should be “w”, although it is not written the way it is heard. However, these rules are easy to remember by the name of the most famous Portuguese – Cristiano Ronaldo.