if i were to sum up the national character of this country, i'd say it this way: "when the going gets tough, the tough eat tough ham and everyone drinks red wine."
there are tough times here.
another eu country on the brink.
not as bad as ireland or greece, but not much better.
you'd never guess it from the food and drink and general goings-on though.
i'm actually starting to believe apartments and houses don't normally come with kitchens or even toaster ovens for that matter.
it's the strangest thing really.