Why do you know so many languages?

At our last lunch stop in Portugal, we found a simple restaurant where we feasted for about 10€ each. The place was filled with locals, and the sound of animated conversation bounced off the walls.
Our waiter was kind and efficient, and the food was very good. “Why do you speak so many languages,” I asked, after realizing that he spoke Portuguese, Spanish, French and English.
“Oh, I don’t know,” he replied. “I worked on an oil and gas rig in Brazil. My wife is a French teacher, and we have two small children. Now, I am working in my father’s restaurant.”

“This summer, I am going to Denver to study and work in the energy industry,” he added. It’s important to keep growing, and to feed the family.

Here is Joãopaolo and his father at their restaurant in the province of Pontevedra.

Also, a picture of sugar packets used by the restaurant, with symbols from Portugal.

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