Sintra團由里斯本出發，參觀Palace of Queluz，重頭戲是佩納宮。
I have joined lots of local one-day tour in Europe. It was quite an interesting experience to squeeze into a tour van with 10+ strangers, to rush to tourists spots and to fight for a good view to take photo. The people I met in the tours probably won’t meet again in the rest of my life after an intimacy packed 10+ hours, except Wendy who I met in the Sintra tour.
The Sintra tour departed from Lisbon and visiting Palace of Queluz and Pena Palace.
I met Asian tour buddy at last! (Mostly Whites joined the local tours) They are a Japanese couple and a Hong Kong lady who lived in Canada.
The Japanese couple are traveling the world after they have retired. The husband loves to take photos. He hold up his camera and shot me immediately when he discovered I was snapshotting him. He is a funny gentleman.
The Japanese wife still keep a detail fine make up even on travelling, awesome. But she was quite nervous before the camera. At first she would stood still for the picture but she would run away later.
Wendy was born in Hong Kong but lived in Canada. It was an interesting story of how Wendy and I met～
The bright yellow wall of Pena Palace was prefect for a shooting background. Wendy asked me if I could take some photos for her after she saw the beautiful portraits I took for the Japanese couple.
Her hair was still shinning black even she was in an age about to retire. She would still smile like a child before the camera but that kid-like smile only last for a few seconds and back into a stiff adult smile.
I snapshot a photo of Wendy. She was sad in the beautiful Pena Palace. Her eyes was full of melancholy and her thoughts flew away far.
I called her and she turn back and greet me in smile. The melancholy just disappeared. The switching speed of sad and happy was super fast.
What made her sad? And what made her keep smiling?
We had lunch in the little town near Pena Palace. There were lots of cheap and beautiful laced handkerchief, color ceramics and postcards. I was going to take out my wallet and pay and surprisingly discovered that I forget to bring my wallet out…
I was lucky that the tour include all the bus and food. So I just kept on taking LOTS of photos because I only had my camera and phone.
On the way back to Lisbon, Wendy asked me, ‘Where are you going to have your dinner?’
I said honestly, ‘I have no idea, I just find out I forget to bring my wallet with me,’
Wendy was surprised, ‘What!?’
I just laugh.
Wendy sighed and said, ‘Do you want to join me for dinner?’
I said, ‘That would be wonderful! Thanks!’
We then went to Rossio Square to have dinner.
I was pickpocketed in Rossio Square a few days ago and lucky I lost nothing. I hold my bag tight and nothing happen that night.
I brought my mobile and leave my bag in the restaurant and went to toilet.
I started to worry when I got into the toilet: Wendy and I just met today and we were barely stranger. If Wendy took my bag and leave/put something into my bag, I couldn’t chase back/got into trouble.
It was good to see Wendy and my bag was safely sitting in the restaurant.
There are not only bad guys in this world.
Wendy was born in Hong Kong. She just carried a suitcase and went to Canada to find her sister and looking for a new life. She started to learn Canadian English, to learn driving, to get certificates…
And her English and Chinese are good. I was happy to speak Cantonese again!
We were sitting in the thieves’s nest in Rossio Square and eating the sweet black cuttlefish rice and listening to Wendy’s romantic story in the busy noisy Lisbon night market…
Wendy was signal with no kids. She had 2 admirers and they are both whites and in a similar age with Wendy.
Admirer One is an IT guy and lived next to Wendy. Wendy seems to like him a lot and the IT guy like Wendy too. But the IT guy was too passive so their relationship was in a stucking mode.
Admirer Two is Wendy’s colleague. The colleague guy keep sending sweet messages to Wendy even she was in Portugal. Wendy was very happy to receive those lovely messages and seems the colleague guy knew how to make Wendy happy.
I see a lot during traveling. There really are every types of people on Earth. What is love? What is marriage? What is a multi relationship? What is signal underdog?
Why do people have to get marry? Why do people have to have kids? Why do ‘single and old’= failure?
Norms in Hong Kong is still very conservative, tradition and harsh. It made people suffocate. Differences are not tolerant.
Get marry before 30. Pregnant after marry. Buying an apartment before getting marry. Marriage can only be 1 man and 1 woman. Being gay is doomed.
These are all ‘normal’ mainstream value. No one dare to insult the deviants. But the deviants would be pitied forever. The big environment enable everyone admit the deviants are losers. And the deviants would easy to have a false illusion that they were losers.
Not capable to love would be the most pathetic thing.
Wendy would probably be label as ‘signal old underdog’ which was definitely not a good labelling if she was in Hong Kong.
Wendy has a lot of love. She treat a naïve stranger like me for a big feast and even gave me 5 Euros for the ferry tickets back home.
Her sadness may come from she hasn’t met someone who is worth to love and love her back. Life is full of surprise. Love would just sudden come out in the next corner.
Her smiles may come from her toughness in re-location in a foreign country. It’s a courage to keep smiling no matter in fortune or misfortune!