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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Porto?

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We asked people in Porto if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...

"In Porto, it's considered rude to rush through meals. Portuguese people take their time to enjoy their food, so try not to hurry your dining experience. Avoid discussing politics, religion, or the country's past as a colonial power, as these topics can be sensitive. Don't compare Portugal to Spain. Although they are neighbors, they have distinct cultures, languages, and histories. Avoid wearing beachwear or overly casual clothing in churches or other religious sites. It's considered disrespectful. Don't be too loud or boisterous in public places. Portuguese people are generally reserved and appreciate quiet and calm behavior. Avoid being late. Punctuality is valued in Portugal, so try to be on time for appointments or social gatherings. Don't leave a mess when you're eating at a restaurant or cafe. It's considered polite to clean up after yourself. Avoid interrupting people when they are speaking. It's considered rude and disrespectful. Don't forget to say "please" and "thank you". Portuguese people are polite and appreciate good manners. Avoid using your phone or other electronic devices at the dinner table. It's considered rude and disrespectful. Don't expect service to be as fast as it might be in other countries. Portuguese people value a relaxed pace of life. Avoid being overly assertive or aggressive. Portuguese people value politeness and diplomacy. Don't forget to greet people with a handshake or a kiss on both cheeks. It's a common way to say hello in Portugal. Avoid making negative comments about the country or its people. It's considered disrespectful and rude. Don't refuse food or drink when it's offered to you. It's considered impolite to turn down hospitality," remarked another expat in Porto, Portugal.

"Yes. I ordered a take away dinner from a cafe ahead of time and misunderstood the time to pick it up. When we arrived to pick up our meal, all the food was gone, we were too late! They called someone who was in charge and referred to me as the "foreign lady," estrangeira. I was surprised at myself that I was hurt and offended to be called such, even though I am! It shows how badly I want to fit in, but don't," said a member in Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal.

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