That tall building (picture below) is the European Central Bank, for the european taxpayers this is where some of our money goes. What's also a waste of money is the whole time those lights were lighted on a Saturday evening! Think of the electric bills!
I love the view of the Main River behind it.
So here goes the story of the bad service I told you about
Us: We want to have that platter for 2
Waitress: Oh sorry the last one was just taken
Us: (surprised because it was quite early)
Waitress: You can have the shrimps with olives and pesto dip.
Me: Anything else?
Waitress: That's the last one too.
Me: Is there bread with the pesto dip?
Waitress: Yes, of course
A few minutes later, order came but bread was only 4 mini slices - of course it was gone a few minutes
Us: Can we have some more bread?
Waitress: Sorry we have no bread anymore
Us: Huh?? no bread anymore (I thought to myself, this is supposed to be a 5 star restaurant!!! However 2 tables dining at the restaurant have tons of bread while we at the bar lounge don't have any. )
Me to V: after waitress is gone, "no tip for her, let's just get some peanuts, I saw they were serving some."
In the end we had a bowl of peanuts for our dinner but no bread or any other meal to go with the pesto dip, the bottle of wine and a bottle of water. Which reminded me of my dear friend Kim. As a student we didn't have much money and whenever we go out for beers, we would order some peanuts to go with it. This was the only pulutan we can afford. Pulutans are important for Filipinos whenever they drink their beers or alcohol, the snack can vary from a plate of peanuts (the cheapest ) to oysters to roast pork. Kim would remind us to go easy on our peanuts. His favorite line "hey, slowly, we still have a long night ahead of us, that's a peanut, our pulutan not rice" (rice is as you know our staple)
And here another view ..