Jan 4, 2013

Lisbon Stories (7)

The man points at my somewhat conspicuous lens. ‘Is that a wide angle?’, he asks with a cheerful smile. I smile back and answer, ‘Yes, it’s a wide angle.’ He gives me the thumbs-up. Sitting next to him, his wife – I think she is his wife – looks puzzled by the expression. ‘Grande angular.’ They are tourists from Brazil. I've always liked the sound of Brazilian Portuguese. My mother, who was born in Rio de Janeiro and has a deep-rooted fondness for the country, says it is Portuguese with sugar. The old Bica elevator starts moving. There’s some thrill in the cabin. The slow descent and the narrowness of the sidewalk turn the passersby into pictures at an exhibition.

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