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The Taste of Refreshment

Saturday, June 16, 2007

The large droplets beat down in a steady rhythm against the thin black cloth of my umbrella, collect briefly at the back edge and drip onto my full pack. I´m trying to navigate the web of convoluted streets entwined through downtown Lisbon, Portugal in an effort to rendezvous with Michelle at her hotel. Walking seemed like a reasonable choice as I exited the train station given the surplus of time and the map´s illusion of proximity; now, as I finished pacing out the second mile, my ailing feet assure me I have chosen poorly.

I come across a supermarket and duck inside in hopes of quenching my mounting thirst. Arriving at the juice aisle and, not knowing the Portuguese translation, I try to find a carton of orange juice based solely on the pictures printed on the smattering of mixed juice offerings. After looking long and hard, I finally spy a lone glass bottle that contains only pictures of oranges. I pick it up and give it a quick shake, noting that the air bubble trapped inside takes its time in getting to the top of the bottle. Hmm, this juice seems a little thick, must be the full pulp variety.

Back on the street, I undo the bottle´s cap and, anticipating its contained refreshment, take a big sip. Instead of refreshment, a gooey, orange-flavored blob fills my mouth and I realize I have mistakenly purchased orange juice concentrate. Oh well, at least it wasn´t orange-flavored mayonnaise.


  • At 11:24 AM, Blogger kellygirl said…

    orange juice = sumo de laranja

  • At 6:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    can we get more heinekin video messages

    -the popo

  • At 8:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You were there (waist level), now you don't even register on the radar anymore.

  • At 10:13 AM, Blogger Travis said…

    Look for another Heineken video around the 2nd week of July...

    Fear not, I´ve made a lot of good food choices along the way, too.


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