2017-11-12 Driving

People I meet, both here in Portugal and before, are often scared to drive in new cities. This has intrigued me for some time. What is that about, what is there really to be worried about? Surely a part is about not knowing where you are or where you are going in a new environment. This makes it […]

2017-11-05 Drive through

Drive through is a great concept, if you need something on the go while driving. And likely, it’s a concept that has never been more right in time than now. Information moves faster, the world moves faster, and so we want to be able to move faster as well, or at least have the feeling […]

2017-10-29 About learning Portuguese

One of the perks of living abroad is the opportunity to learn a new language straight off the local environment. I’ve always loved languages and communication is one of my majors so both emotionally and logically I consider it a courtesy and appropriate ‘thankyou for welcoming me to your country’ to try to get by […]

2017-10-22 Hashtag

Nobody can have missed the fact that the hashtag me too has gone absolutely bananas of the chart during the past week. Starting small it’s become a viral hurricane, a typhoon of emotions. And I don’t know how I feel about it. Well, with no doubt whatsoever I know and feel that persons who commit […]

2017-10-15 Traveling

There’s something just magical about traveling, isn’t there? I love it. I’m not sure it relates to the actual factual act of traveling as in flying or driving or going by train. I think to me it’s more about the sensation of traveling, the idea of traveling, of being on my way. The sensation is […]

2017-10-08 Weather

When living here, in a southern European, good clima weather, it is nearly ridiculously easy to reflect and laugh about how weather, and particularly good weather is relative. Summer here is defined by dates, so it starts June 21, lasts for three months and then ends September 21. As easy as that. And before June 21, […]

2017-10-01 Important and interesting?

I find myself still dwelling on last weeks thoughts on difficult or easy, like my brain can’t let it go, but keeps on doing circles around it. Which normally is a sign that my thought wasn’t done, wasn’t ready, wasn’t thought till the end. So, any confusion created by that column, sorry. Here’s where it’s […]

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 […]