Caffeine and Tchaikovsky

Lidl Boavista, Rua Agramonte, Porto (Portugal)
A local supermarket. With the food still packed in boxes.

How much?
0.60 € for a pingo (an espresso with a splash of milk)

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We’re playing an outdoors concert on Avenida de Aliados in Porto, this Saturday evening with the OSPCM. Elgar, Smetana, Borodin  and many others. Looking for a local context for Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Rui Pereira pointed me in the direction of the big statue on the Rotunda da Boavista, commemorating the Portuguese victory over Napoleon in 1814.


Its not very subtle – with the Portuguese lion standing on top, crushing the French eagle. But so isn’t “1812”.
Then, on the way back to the hotel, I walked past this Lidl supermarket and had a pingo.


0.60€. For the price of a coffee in Madrid you could drink 2 of those, for the price of one in Paris 4, in Zurich 8 and in Oslo about 10.

Just saying.



Full flavour, no bitter aftertaste. Foam a bit thin, but just the right amount of milk and the right temperature. A really good coffee.

Walking back to the hotel, I had my doubts about “1812” and the statue , because I have trouble with art glorifying war. But looking around, I saw the people passing and and the children running around on Avenida da Boavista. And I thought that hopefully some of them would come to our concert on Saturday and hear our orchestra, and get excited by the thrill of Tchaikovsky’s music being played live. Then “1812” achieved something. Then we all achieved something.




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