2017-09-17 Parties

There’s quite a difference as to how children’s parties are thrown here in Portugal. Both from a size and a form perspective. For one parties seem to be for everybody, and two, as a norm they are arranged by subcontractors. The parents invite and pay as everywhere else but apart from that seem to be […]

2017-09-10 Back to school

So this week school starts again here in Portugal. It’s a couple of weeks later than in Sweden, but the summer break also starts a bit later here. In the end its kind of the same relative timing, and in any case what is very likely the same is that it means that everybody is […]

2017-09-03 Acting out

It just cannot be coincidence, the fact that I to a ninety nine percent never see a Portuguese person acting out as in being loud or using a lot of temperament. It just can’t. It must instead be an indicator that the Portuguese are a remarkably calm people. Cause it’s not like I don’t see people […]

2017-08-27 Trust

Trust is a pretty interesting thing. It’s a kind of realization that builds up over time, and then it’s just there, often without a conscious choice or decision to go for trusting the one or the other. It’s backbone. Something probably made up of personal experience over longer time in combination with trusted references filling […]

2017-08-20 Living without TV

A kind of weird thing about living abroad as an ex-pat is that you are partly disconnected from the society you are actually living in. Or in any way not totally connected. It’s kind of like I imagine it is to be living without a TV. One part of that is that we are actually […]

2017-08-13 Swimming

I love swimming. I adore it, I thrive from it and I feed from it. There’s something about it that just makes me feel so relaxed, so at peace, so… just right. The obvious factor is of course that it’s an excellent choice of exercise. And I know from experience that exercising will always make […]

2017-08-06 Holidays

Holidays is a wonderful thing, I’m pretty sure most people would agree to that. And especially the kind of holidays that actually get you what you needed, so that they leave you feeling energised, relaxed and up to par for the coming challenges. Or whatever it is that any particular person needs to feel at […]

2017-07-30 Competing

Everything is a competition, right? I mean it can’t just be me who’s been fed decades of American lawyer series where the most prominent is the one who never loses, season after season of crime dramas with the ‘good’ officers always in the end reading the criminals their rights and endless variants of sit-coms where […]

2017-07-23 Motivation

It’s the middle of the summer and I’ve been thinking about motivation. Probably because I myself feel totally unmotivated. I know my under conscious right now is quite busy with bigger thoughts about the near as well as the more further future, but it’s not really sharing neither it’s thoughts nor possible conclusions so I […]

2017-07-16 Pampering

Whether it’s at the hair dressers, massage parlor or nail salon, who doesn’t love being pampered? Being taken care of, being beautified, being cared for, they’re all positive feelings, aren’t they. It’s all very personal, yet very superficial, moments of feeling good. Again, who doesn’t love that? I mean, no matter if you admit to […]