Bryan Hemming

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A Tale of Three Women

Tavira market

“Canna ashoo a queshoon?” I looked round to see a short, stubby woman lurching drunkenly towards me in the dingy, fishermen’s taverna near the river. “If you’rr marr’d, ah’m no’ intrresset.” Against the background of subdued Portuguese murmuring, the broad Glasgwegian accent was unmistakable, its rolling ‘r’s laced with spit.

Having already ordered a glass of red wine from my stool at the bar, I’d spotted her too late. Turning my back, in the hope she might go away, wasn’t going to work. A hip bumping against my thigh, as she closed in, was proof enough of that.

The scruffy, little drinking hole behind the market in Tavira had become my favourite. Being the only woman, and loud at that, Jan was impossible to miss among the coterie of hard-drinking males. Staggering from table to table, she was grabbing men’s hands and trying to get them to kiss her. One moment full of bonhomie the next full of aggression, it wasn’t behaviour or language the locals were used to, even if they could get past the tipsy slur. Her alternate wooing and cursing making scant impression, she moved on to me. Portuguese fishermen prefer to get drunk quietly. The only thing they did understand was that she was plastered.

Having not posted for a month or so, I dug out an old travel article I wrote on Tavira in Portugal to post again. Click here to read more. More, brand new posts planned for April!


6 comments on “A Tale of Three Women

  1. shodfem
    March 31, 2015

    Reblogged this on shodfem's Blog.


  2. rangewriter
    March 29, 2015

    Thank god you captured the flavor before the place was sanitized.


    • Bryan Hemming
      March 31, 2015

      Shopping malls taking over historic buildings are the curse of global capitalism. The life was completely sucked out of the place.


  3. auntyuta
    March 29, 2015

    Looking forward to more new posts in April, Bryan. I have not followed the link yet. But this Jan seems plastered alright!
    Have a great Easter holiday.
    Cheerio, Uta 🙂

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