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 […]

2017-11-26 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 […]

2017-11-12 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 […]

2017-10-08 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 […]

2017-08-27 Trust

Trust is a pretty interesting thing. It’s a kind of realization that builds up over time, and then it’s just there, often without a conscious choice or decision to go for trusting the one or the other. It’s backbone. Something probably made up of personal experience over longer time in combination with trusted references filling […]

2017-07-09 Safety

In Sweden we are quite, I’m not sure it’s the right word but let’s say, quite worried about safety. Or maybe not worried, but quite aware of safety. More so we are quite aware of and worried about the risks that might lead to not being safe and we want to control those risks. It’s […]

2017-07-02 Being polite

I think it’s fair to say that all cultures think highly of good manners and that all aim to raise their children into being polite. I guess it’s a universally understood fact that those traits will help us in getting along with the surrounding world more efficiently. We are different as human beings, so different […]