“Travels to a Different Time” : 8July1978: Lagos, Portugal: Japanese Aliens on the Beach Draws a Crowd of Gawkers

Up and on the street at 07:30 in search of breakfast grub. The streets were quiet and I bought some bread, cheese and ham for breakfast. The market was a hub of activity with peasants and merchants lining the main street with stalls selling clothes, shoes, rabbits, chickens, vegetables and fruits. After breakfasting off to the beach which was a 15 minute walk. Found our private mini beach in alcoves surrounded by towering rock. The water was rough and the water freezing. Sat in the sun and had some figs, bread and cheese. A family of Japanese tourists arrived on the beach and the locals formed a crowd gawking at them. First time they had seen Asians! Like aliens from outer space! Burnt to a crisp in two hours. Don’t be fooled by the cold water. For dinner yet another good meal of octopus, potatoes and marisco soup with a glass of wine for $5. An ice cream at the square before returning home.

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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