I think that Brits and Portuguese have a type of affinity and that's why we like it here. It's got it's flaws and so does the UK. It has great food but so does the UK. By and large, what I have observed here I could equally observe in the UK. People are hard-working, generally friendly, family-oriented bunch - go to any restaurant and see the family with 3 or 4 generations sat around the table. I like that, we do this in the UK.
Portugal is also very civilised, one sits to drink a coffee, not order an overpriced Starbucks dishwater-esque latte in a waxy cup and walk down the street sipping it. The coffee is good, be it either Sical or Delta.
Lunch is also taken seriously, not sat at a desk working with a sandwich, like it used to be in the UK. I actually have a tyre story too that confirms this...
So we were heading down to the 'mother in laws' in Algarve, in time terms it's about a 2.5 hour drive. Before we set off, I decided to check over the missus car, fluids and pressures etc. and I realised that the front tyres were worn, old slightly cracked rubber so we found a tyre place in Montijo to fit some tyres. We rock up around midday, the guy tells us 'yeah, fine, no problem but I'm going to take my lunch now, can you come back after - say - 2pm'.
So we take a lunch too and come back at 2pm and wait for around 15 mins. He turns up, nice and casually and opens up the premises. I should point out that it's July and nearly 40 degrees. So the car goes inside and the wheels are taken off. At this point another person arrives so he goes to talk to them, and then a third, fourth etc....very sociable and we get vacuumed into the conversation. About an hour and a half later some front tyres were fitted but the experience was something else. So that was arrive at 12pm tyres by 3.45pm. OK in the UK it's a 10 minute job for some surly kid who throws everything about the place to get the car in and out quickly - but sometimes the experience outweighs the time.
I have to keep reminding myself of the difference in timekeeping. PST or Portuguese Standard Time is an observed phenomena, where things generally take longer to achieve. It's also why the speed limits are 'suggested' as everyone goes faster. But they are faster because they are always late. Because PST.
In fact, after typing this I have thought about a great deal many more things I love about living in Portugal - I guess I could write an article if anyone would care to read about it....