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 […]

2017-12-13 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 […]

2017-10-29 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 […]