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, […]

2017-09-17 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 […]

2017-08-06 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 […]

2017-03-26 Spring

So spring has arrived here, officially! Which it may or may not have back in Sweden. What’s really, practically changed here is the date, from March 20 to March 21. In Sweden, the meteorological definition of spring is used, meaning that the 24-hour daily average temperature needs to be on the rise and between 0 and […]

2017-03-12 Coffee

So, coffee is normally a differentiator of culture. And it is here too. Coffee is verbally taken and not drunk and it is indeed taken quickly and not in longer sessions. Maybe it is a southern culture kind of thing more than particularly Portuguese but the tendency here is definitely to go for short coffees […]

2017-01-22 Sports watching

I am not even sure sports watching is the proper label for what people seem to engage in here, but to some extent I do think it covers the fact that when exercising here, people watch. That includes the ones that are not exercising themselves as well. Especially beach front, when running or walking or stretching people […]