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 […]

2017-10-08 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 […]

2017-09-03 Acting out

It just cannot be coincidence, the fact that I to a ninety nine percent never see a Portuguese person acting out as in being loud or using a lot of temperament. It just can’t. It¬†must instead be an indicator that the Portuguese are a remarkably calm people. Cause it’s not like I don’t see people […]

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 […]

2017-08-20 Living without TV

A kind of weird thing about living abroad as an ex-pat is that you are partly disconnected from the society you are actually living in. Or in any way not totally connected. It’s kind of like I imagine it is to be living without a TV. One part of that is that we are actually […]

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 […]

2017-06-11 Saying hallo

I really really like it here in Portugal that everybody is so keen on saying hallo. In the street, in the store, through the car window, whether it’s to someone you know or to a stranger. It’s just everywhere, and I like it. Probably cause I do the same. Its extremely obvious when out walking […]

2017-06-04 Sun glasses

I am blessed to be ex-patriated to a country of sun shine. In fact that particular factor is likely one of my top criteria would I make a list of preferences. Definitely because of the better temperatures the sun normally means but I dare say mainly because of the direct and regular need of wearing […]