The two Italian girls at the hostel
New years Party all night, woke up tired and hungover, had a very long bus ride from Lagos to Lisbon.
Arrived Lisbon at night, checked in the hostel
Being the 1st Jan it was a holiday and stores were closed. I was so hungry, finally found a store open and bought some instant noodles.
Walked back to the hostel straight, to the kitchen.
“Do you want some pasta, I’m cooking some”
-Umm, yeah sure!
“Where are you from?”
-India, and I live in Luxembourg
“India, wow! It’s an exotic country, isn’t it?”
-Haha! Maybe not for Indians but yeah.
And you? Where are you from?
“From Italy, so my pasta is gonna be great”
What do you do?
“I was studying Cultural Tourism and graduated early this year or last year now, we’re in 2018 now. I have been traveling for a while, and I will start to work now”
-Nice. Are you traveling alone?
“No my friend is sitting there at the table, she is a bit sick. I’ve made soup for her”
-Oh! and how was the new year party in Lisbon?
“It was great! We went to see to see the fireworks in the central square”
-Was it raining?
“It did, but only for a bit”
-Hm! Which part of Italy are you from?
“Gorizia, its a city close to Venice. It shares the border with Slovenia. You can be in Slovenia in 5 mins”
-And how is the city?
“It’s a nice city but very small….”
*A person walks into the kitchen*
“Do you want some pasta?”
Random person, a bit hesitant…Umm
“I cooked a lot…”
“I am going to my friend at the table, do you wanna join us?”
We both walk at the table.
Me introducing myself to “The Friend”
Friend(Sick voice): “Hi I am…
Sorry, I am a bit sick. Its a combination of cold and hangover. Usually, I am more cheerful”
-Its okay, which is worse, hangover or cold?
*lame joke, dismissing chuckle*
-What do you do? Do you study cultural tourism too?
F: No, I study Philosophy
-Wow?! In Italy?
F: No, UK
-Where exactly in the UK?
-Cambridge. How is Cambridge?
F: Full of weird people
F: Because it is full of weird people
-And how is studying Philosophy like? Do you have to read a lot too?
F: Yes, a lot
“And she also has to think a lot XD”
-Haha! That must be hard, no?!
“Do you want some soup?”
-No, Thank you.
-And the weather in the UK?
F: It’s like what you expect, rain!
What I don’t like is, they don’t have a proper summer
-And did you guys meet?
“We went to the same high school”
-I actually watch a show from Italy, its called Gomorra
“Ah! Gomorrah. Yes, its a very good show, isn’t it? Now everybody knows about it”
-Yes, it’s very good. But the things in the series are true and real?
“Well not exactly real. But we have had some incidents and the events in the show are inspired by true events”
-I follow the actors on Facebook XD
“Its based on a book by Roberto Saviano and I really like him. I follow him on FB and I like his views and statements. He has to live with Police protection and he wanders around. If he goes back to Naples, he might get killed too”
-How do you spell his name? I want to follow him too
But his statements are in Italian and mostly on Italian politics”
“You sure don’t want some soup”
-Sure, I will have it. The pasta tastes great btw! Always trust the Italian with Pasta
F: When did you arrive in Portugal?
-I have been here for almost a month now. I’ve been around the country a bit. And you guys?
“We came here 4 days ago. But I will come back here again”
-The soup is delicious
“Tell me about India. Which part are you from?”
-I’m from Delhi. And it’s a crazy city. Full of people.
“I can only imagine, I would like to see that someday”
-The population of Portugal is around 10 million and in Delhi, we are 21 million inhabitants
“What?! I cannot live in a city with so many people. I like smaller cities”
-Yes, it’s a demanding city and in the summers, it’s burning.
But Italy is a beautiful place, isn’t it? I haven’t been there yet, but am planning to.
“Yes, it’s a lovely place but it’s a dying country you know”
-What do you mean?
“The population is getting old and the young people don’t want to get married and have children. So the young workforce is less. The average number of children for women in Itlay is 1-1.5”
-And how many should it be to have a consistent growth for a country
-Oh! And is that why a lot of Italians are moving abroad?
“No, No. That’s not why Italians move abroad. The economic condition is also very bad. We were hit deeply by the depression and are still recovering. It’s not like there are no jobs. But the number of jobs are fewer than it should be. And people are also exploited at the jobs, long working hours, unpaid holidays and stuff like that”
“Also, a lot of people evade taxes. The government then raises the taxes and then more people evade”
-That sounds a bit like India
“And how is India?”
-It’s very diverse. The cities are very different from the countryside
“Is it an Indian thing to climb the Mount Everest?”
-What?! No no. XD
Also, it’s not easy to climb the Everest XD
“Yeah, I know that”
-Indian thing is IT and maybe cricket XD
“But are you IT?!”
I may not be the best example of an Indian I guess
But I love cricket though
“I’m going to make tea for my friend and myself. Do you want some?”
-Yeah! I’ll come and give you a hand
-You are like God sent. I walked into the kitchen tired and hungry and you offered me food. And not only me but to everybody in the hostel.
“Its an Italian thing”
-They should put your picture on the Wall of Fame here XD
F: Okay, now I will teach you an important Italian expression
-Abbiocco, what does it mean?
F: Its like when you have too much food and want to sleep
-Ah! So, if you feel Abbiocco, after a meal, does that mean the food was great
F: It’s more to do with quantity than quality.
*I open my laptop. The girls notice the decal LOTR sticker*
F: I love that. Do you like LOTR too?
-Yeah! But I like Harry Potter more
F: Both of us are big fans of LOTR
Harry Potter was when we were kids
-I guess I never grew up then
-Have you been to the Oldest Bookstore in the world here in Lisbon
“No, we haven’t! Where is it?”
-It’s in Chiado
Look, I have a picture on my Instagram here
“It looks nice, we will go there tomorrow”
*Looks at my other Instagram pictures*
“What is this?”
-It’s a light bulb, like a lamp?!
“Yeah! But these strands hanging?”
-Umm, I don’t know how to explain. They are like the filaments of the bulb
“You have a good eye. Maybe I should follow you on Instagram”
-Good Eye. I wear glasses, I have 2 extra eyes.
*lame joke expressions*
We talked a bit more about things, places, life, museums, work, travel and I bid them good night and retired to bed.