I had lunch today in one of my favorite cafés, which is very Portuguese in its food, clientele, and prices: five euros paid for a plate full of curried chicken and vegetables, including a side of carrots in garlic, cilantro and olive oil (I love those carrots.)
After lunch, I pulled into a gas station and filled up our tank. As with everything else in Portugal, gas prices have been going up and up — between this fill and the last one, the price has jumped 13 cents per liter. (American readers: there are about 4 liters to a US gallon.) As the numbers in the pump’s counter rolled past five euros, I thought, “There’s one lunch.” And then I began counting. Two, three, four, five, six…
The pump stopped at 72.50 euros — or, fourteen and one half restaurant lunches.
That puts things in perspective!
So, just out of curiosity: how many lunches is a tank of gas elsewhere? Using your own local lunch prices, of course.