IN CASE OF FIRE: use the aunt with the anti-ageing facial mask on

(To my aunt C.) My phone rings the week before my last faculty exam. “I managed to take some days off, I am coming to Prague with you!!!!” - her voice sounds excited on the other side of the line. Like a kid who had just been told they are going to Disneyland. Although I … Continue reading IN CASE OF FIRE: use the aunt with the anti-ageing facial mask on

Hungry bushfires in a steaming hot country, an anti-princess in a palace and a stressful morning at the spa – Vidago and Chaves in review

Bushfires are Portugal’s biggest seasonal concern, as each passing year a bit more of our country’s green lungs is reduced to ashes by the end of Summer. This year was no exception: dark smoke took up the blue sky over particular regions spread throughout the country. On my way to Vidago, as I was passing … Continue reading Hungry bushfires in a steaming hot country, an anti-princess in a palace and a stressful morning at the spa – Vidago and Chaves in review

It has been a lifetime

(To my father) It has been a lifetime of Toni Braxton echoing her spanish guitar, George Michael carelessly whispering throughout the night, Gloria Gaynor fiercely stating she would survive, Amy Winehouse losing the love game and Barry White cheering our family road trips. It has been a lifetime of afternoons by the river, contemplating sunset … Continue reading It has been a lifetime

“Disclosure” – Netflix breaking privilege bubbles and glueing the pieces of a shattered mirror

Imitation as an important learning process Learning is one of the most fascinating abilities of the human brain. Psychology brought to light some of the processes by which humans, as they grow up, acquire new knowledge, behaviours and values. Some learning is immediate, some takes time, some is forgotten fast, some is reinforced by some … Continue reading “Disclosure” – Netflix breaking privilege bubbles and glueing the pieces of a shattered mirror

Post-quarantine rants, rocky caves, golden cliffs and turquoise sea waters – Algarve in review

This year has been unique. A pandemic virus took over the world like we had never seen before in our lifetime. Borders were closed, streets became empty overnight, schools were shut down, offices were not able to retain even the most workaholic employee at his desk. All of a sudden, and thanks to technology, work … Continue reading Post-quarantine rants, rocky caves, golden cliffs and turquoise sea waters – Algarve in review

My fruit basket

My fruit basket has been there my whole life. Some fruits came with it, some I could pick, some I ate until vitamin levels bursted in my blood, some I took a bite and spat it out, some got rotten and some disappeared forever without a trace. My fruit basket was never empty. Nonetheless, it … Continue reading My fruit basket

Blackout Tuesday

Historically, the colonisation and enslavement carried out by European countries propagated the wrong belief that people with dark skin were uncivilized, inferior, and should be subordinated to lighter-skinned invaders. Unfortunately, racial stereotypes about worth, intelligence and beauty are still around in the present days. It is crucial to update mentalities and change behaviours. Skin colour … Continue reading Blackout Tuesday

Sometimes the answer is not straightforward – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Can we all hold hands with our lover in public? Think it straight. Can we all be considered a “valid” family? Think it straight. Can we all show freely our mannerisms without being labelled? Think it straight. Can we all wear any colour of the rainbow? Think it straight. Do we all feel safe in … Continue reading Sometimes the answer is not straightforward – International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

Let the dogs out, please.

Home is definitely not the place I’d rather be right now. Something about these walls around me is starting to seriously annoy me. Is it the colour, the height, the same pictures hanging lifelessly through eternity? I can’t really tell. After two months under house arrest, life before this pandemic sounds utopian. Restaurants? Dinner parties? … Continue reading Let the dogs out, please.

Quarantine diaries – the first three weeks

Week 1 “Everyone is overreacting... Sure, I will stay at home a few days until it all calms down.” Important remarks: State of Emergency declared in Portugal. Updates from the faculty: all state exams are postponed indefinitely. Weather forecast: the sun is shinning outside. Warm days and cold nights. Mood: in denial. Quite positive. Heart … Continue reading Quarantine diaries – the first three weeks