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 […]

2017-12-14 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. […]

2017-12-03 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 […]

2017-11-19 Driving part 2

Driving behaviors are indeed known as being quite different form country to country, and sometimes even between cities in these same country. Here in Portugal, driving is pretty fun actually, or maybe unexpected is the more correct word to use. In any case, the traffic here is bound to make you more attentive as a […]

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 […]