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 […]

2017-12-03 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 […]

2017-10-15 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 […]

2017-09-10 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 […]

2017-07-30 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 […]

2017-05-21 Relativity

So everything is relative, right? But why is that? Is it to drive humanity further, to make us compete, invent the new and thus evolve better, quicker, more? I don’t know the standard answer there really but I have nonetheless been thinking about it because sometimes it is so very¬†obvious how everything is relative. Take […]