The Nice Thing About Strangers

Creative Non-Fiction Short Stories. :) Travel, Oldsters, Love, and Compassion.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

The narrow street has two neighboring restaurants. In the first, a woman setting silverware yells at the man behind the register. Her coworker is presumably family. She squeals as he sighs and hunches. I hurry by too quickly to see her face, but as I pass the second restaurant, their owner leans out of his doorway. He wears a pencil behind his ear, which makes him seem fictional. He peers toward the source of the sound then “tsks. He gestures over to his meek waiter in a dismissive “Her again!” wave of the hand. Just before the dinner rush, it seems to be business as usual.

–Lisbon, Portugal.

Lisbon, pink VW bus
Lisbon, Lisabon, Portugal

9 comments on “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

  1. Carl D'Agostino
    August 16, 2013

    Arabic/European architectural mix really apparent in lower pic.

    • thenicethingaboutstrangers
      August 17, 2013

      Is that what it is? 🙂 I really need to take a course in these things so I can point-and-shoot with more information.

  2. ksbeth
    August 16, 2013

    love it )

  3. anyone4curryandotherthings
    August 17, 2013

    memories of a wonderful time in (slightly rainy) Lisbon a few years ago – love those houses in bottom pictures, too.

  4. joannerambling
    August 17, 2013

    Awesome

  5. Tish Farrell
    August 18, 2013

    Thanks for the follow. Lots of interesting journeys here.

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