The European eldest country? Portugal.
Things that you can’t even imagine, but that surfing on the internet you learn. Today I have discovered, better late than never, that Portugal is the eldest country in Europe, because since 1139 it’s having the same borders.
Alfonso Henriques was nominated First King of Portugal in 1139 and the country has maintained the same kingdom for almost 800 years, till 1910. I mean, who’d have thought it?
So it played a crucial role in world history. Portugal outlined an important chapter in world history with the New World Discoveries (“Descobrimentos”). It established a sea route to India, and colonized areas in Africa such as Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde, also South America (Brazil), Asia (Macau,…), and Oceania (East-Timor,…) creating an Empire.
The Portuguese language continues to be the biggest connection between these countries.
That’s why I would love to know this language better.
Well, people thinks who speaks Spanish can also speak Portuguese, but it isn’t that true. Maybe the comprehension is easier than the speaking but believe me, when I’m in front of a Portuguese I can only understand “Bom Dia”, and my Spanish is pretty good, even though a little rusty.
But I want to tell you other things I have learned today about this country.
Did you know it’s possible to practice surf 364 days per year in Portugal? It sounds strange I know…a year is made up of 365 days…well evidently 1 day per year there’s no wind at all ;).
Last but not least, Portugal is the largest cork producer in the world! I love this kind of curiosity, and you?
I imagine tons and tons of cork all around, in fact the country boasts the largest cork forest of the world.
That’s amazing, I definitely would like to see it!