Many years ago a friend’s British girlfriend came over to stay with us while we were holidaying in central Portugal.
One morning, while we were having a lazy breakfast sitting around the patio in the sun, she announced that although she had never been to Portugal before she had read a guide book just before setting out.
The “facts” (stereotypical) things that she learned were that 95% of men had moustaches and that most people ate at least some salt cod everyday.
Back then, all those years ago, it certainly did appear that most men had a moustache but nowadays that fashion/tradition is definitely in decline.
This one has this beauty which I must admit makes me smile every time that I look at it.
In 2010 there was a large social media campaign called “Queremos a Selecção de Bigode no Mundial” It was a movement to get the entire Portuguese soccer team to grow moustaches for the World Cup 2010.
Even further back in time, a book called Sketches in Portugal, during the civil war of 1834 by Sir James Edward Alexander, describes all types of stereotypical thinking about the Portuguese and English.
You can read excerpts here.
Coming right up to date I was recently invited to a birthday party.
The birthday boy had been sporting a moustache for 40 years so we were all asked to wear one – women as well.
It was a very funny slant on a birthday party.