A galão (coffee) and honey dipped donut.

The Village Market

Right now—this very instant—I am delighting (yes, DEE-lighting!) in a bagel and cream cheese. Unlike the US where you can’t turn around without bumping into a coffee and bagel place, bagels are a little scarce in The Algarve. I know in the bigger towns, the towns that cater to tourists, you can find bagels. But…

Euro coins dropping on a table

Tipping in Portugal

The subject of tipping in Portugal was brought up in one of the expat groups and it raised a lengthy and rather contentious discussion. People from the US tend to over-tip—we are accustomed to tipping a minimum of 15% and usually 20%, sometimes more. That’s because there’s a separate minimum wage for tipped workers, a…