“Travels to a Different Time” : 17July1978: Vila Real de San Antonio: The Cheating Vicious Vendor and the Plate of Snails

Woke up in the pit a 09:00 and had a peach and a pear then off to the beach in a lethargic mood as it is blistering hot. The sea air, water and sun both saps your energy yet revitalizes you. Munched on a donut and hit the surf. Lunch at 12:30 which was seafood soup, fried squid and a glass of Casal Garcia vinho verde. It took the waiter over half an hour to bring the bill. Returned to the beach until 5 and had a beer at a seaside café watching a drunk insisting on buying children rides on a merry go round. Bought a sweater from a vicious looking woman who tried to cheat me on the exchange rate. Had a plate of delicious snails and a cold beer and took the bus into town. A cold shower back in our uncleaned room. We tried a restaurant but seemed to be a victim of tourist discrimination as we were not served despite the fact we were there before many of the locals who received prompt service. Went to Gomes again and ordered but all three dishes ordered were sold out so we settled for a cod dish. Had a Sumol at a local café and returned to the pit.

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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