Mira and I walked down to where Portugal meets the Atlantic today, with scissors in hand. It was early evening and everything gets really blue on the coast at this time of day. The sky is deep blue, the river is even deeper, and the ocean is bluer yet. It was time for me to get a haircut. I’ve never liked haircuts, but Mira kept telling me that I was starting to look creepy with my hair flaring out around the sides of a rapidly balding crown. So I grudgingly obeyed her orders. I think that haircuts always make me look like a fool (but perhaps this is because I always choose fool hairstyles: like mohawks and mullets with rattails dangling off the back). But, there was no way out of this haircut, so we found a pleasant little place on the beach, sat down, and Mira set in to work.
Then I noticed something:
“Are those people naked over there?,” I asked Mira. Naked people on Portuguese beaches are not an uncommon sight, but this couple seemed to be going at it sexually. I have not noticed this in Portugal before.
A guy was walking by playing fetch with his dog, an old couple were enjoying the waves, I was about to get my hair chopped, and a couple of naked people were having sex in the middle of it all. “Hmm,” thought I, “this is odd. I’d better video tape it.”
So I video taped away. The couple seemed notice me recording their beach-time frolic, and went into ultra mode (if someone is going to have sex in public, then I am going to video tape it because I think sex is funny- I don’t think that privacy has any bearing here). Mira started in on my hair. I could not stop watching the naked people going at it. Mira told me to turn my head away so she could cut some stray strand of hair; I keep looking at the naked people; Mira destroys my haircut and blames the naked people for it.
I now have a screwed up haircut, but I got to laugh while watching naked people do it on the beach. I don’t really mind screwed up haircuts.
Video still of the couple having sex on the beach. What? Did you not believe me? Did you not think that I would have the audacity to video tape a couple copulating right in front of everyone? What this photo does not show is that when the guy finished, he stood up and did naked cartwheels out into the sea, and the girl walked a couple of paces away, squatted, and peed.
I am supposing that they think they are progressive. At any rate, I found it to be a humorous routine. But Mira, and probably everyone else on the beach, thought the naked cartwheel was a little over the top.
They did not seem to be Portuguese.
Wade from Vagabond Journey Budget Travel Guide
Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal
November 18, 2007