Friday, 20 May 2011

A sign of the times in Braga

As Portugal's religious capital, Braga isn't exactly renowned for its liberal atmosphere. So you can imagine our surprise when we saw this sign at the train station, innocently nestling between directions to the exit and taxi rank.



What in heaven's name is a kiss n' ride, we wondered? A polite name for a semi-legal kerb-crawling area? A designated spot to kiss your loved ones when arriving home after a day or week away at work? A teenage dream? You have to admit, the choice of a boy racer-esque model to grace the graphic doesn't exactly help to conjure up positive images.

With a little help from the internet, I put my fears to rest. Apparently, a kiss n' ride is a drop off zone - the place to kiss family and friends goodbye before they board the train. Wouldn't it be a bit easier to just say that? And in Portuguese, perhaps? I wonder what the good folk of Braga make of it all...

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