2017-12-19 Exodus

‘Time tooo… say good byyyye…’ It’s been difficult I find not to hear the gigantic voice of Andrea Bocelli playing in my head all through today. He is on constant repeat – strong and beautiful in his powerful message. Today was time to go, hasta la vista as Arnold would say. We boarded and left […]

2017-12-17 Help

A not unusual topic in discussions here in Portugal is maids and help around the house. I find it intriguing, because it is so common. I mean I do realize we live in an affluent part of both the country and the area, as do the vast majority of the people we meet. But I would […]

2017-12-16 Outlets

The concept outlet here in Portugal seems to be of a different meaning to that in Sweden. In Sweden, going outlet shopping is something you do rarely, more commonly abroad and as a one off or an excursion. Here going to an outlet seems to be the way to shop. It is noticeable here how […]

2017-12-15 Security

It seems that people are very afraid of burglars here. Condominiums that are fenced in and have 24 hours security are quite common and houses without high surrounding walls and signs shouting out the chosen surveillance system hardly exist. At the same time people who have spent time abroad and move back to Portugal partly rationalize their […]

2017-12-14 Handymen

In between Sweden and Portugal it is impossible not to reflect on handymen. As in people who come to your house to fix things, a broken fence, a dish washer, cleaning of pipes, you know. I am intrigued by the fact that these seem to be entirely different species between different countries. In Sweden, when expecting a handyman […]

2017-12-13 Moving day

Moving day is what the third day of a pro golf tournament is often referred to or commonly called by commentators and watchers. It means to illustrate that this is the day that anything can happen. The initial cut has been made and only the best players are left for the rest of the tournament. […]

2017-12-10 Hiding

It is not easy to hide as a foreigner in a new country. And if you are tall and your walk is of the determined type, well, you’re spotted and labelled in a split second in Portugal. I’m not saying it’s good or bad, but I am saying it has consequences, and it sure makes […]

2017-12-03 Kids and languages

They say kids are like sponges. Especially when it comes to languages. Like they soak it in. Like it’s the easiest thing in the world. Like it’s like breathing. Like it just happens. Like it’s effortless. And maybe it is true that it just happens. But effortless? We moved to Portugal with our 4,5 year […]

2017-11-26 Shopping

Shopping is a cultural phenomenon if there ever was one. It is in the shopping behaviors that habits and typicalities of people are brought forward. What do they buy, where and how? Sometimes I have to say it is striking how super markets or stores or malls, especially the newer built ones, look the same […]