To her

To her that walks on sunshine With burning feet on soft sand A sun-burned face showing a smile And a surfboard under one arm. To her that hides in the comfort of the blankets Or in the warmth of a bubbling bath A steaming black tea with sugar And a dog nested at her feet. … Continue reading To her

Do novo ao antigo normal

Maio de 2035 A cidade está em festa. O país também. A primeira-ministra fala na televisão sobre o derradeiro fim da pandemia. Um dia histórico. Portugal erradica, oficialmente, a COVID-19. O meu pai, que nunca vi sorrir desde que me lembro que existo, irradia uma felicidade contagiante, apoiada de perto pelo olhar esperançoso da minha … Continue reading Do novo ao antigo normal

A melodic pause from real life

(To prof N. and prof J.) When I was five, I was confronted with the first dilemma of my life. The first I can remember of, even though it took place during the timeframe of physiological childhood amnesia, a period well-known by clinicians and therapists - especially those who stubbornly forge its doors open for … Continue reading A melodic pause from real life

Offline thoughts

What about the phone numbers we never saved What about the encounters we kept postponing Hiding behind a screen Sharing feelings in a void Of illusions What about the secrets left unshared What about the unflattering selfies And the emojis lost in a limbo Trapped between the real and the virtual Meaningless What about the … Continue reading Offline thoughts

Hot spells, weird food combinations on the table, and a British rockstar from the 60s running a condemned hostel in the mountains – Road-tripping in Spain

Did you think saying that Portugal was a Spanish province was the worst thing you could do to a Portuguese? Well, you are mistaken. Of course we don’t like it…sure, rage spikes in our blood and we might never talk to you again, but you know what really drives us crazy? Petrol prices in Spain. … Continue reading Hot spells, weird food combinations on the table, and a British rockstar from the 60s running a condemned hostel in the mountains – Road-tripping in Spain

What we can learn from the Olympics Tokyo 2020

Episode #1 Mind over body Starring Jourdan Delacruz Those who still had doubts (in 2021…) about the power of the mind and of how your mental well-being is essential for your body to function efficiently and for you to achieve pretty much anything in life, are most welcome to reflect on the fascinating, yet extremely … Continue reading What we can learn from the Olympics Tokyo 2020

An unforgettable grandfather, a green and white heart and a long-awaited victory

(To my grandfather Z.) Sporting Football Club fans could not hide it. A foot shaking under the table, a nail bitten up to its root, a racing heart under the shirt. It had been nineteen years. NINETEEN years of a patient, yet exasperating wait. It would be our night. It had to. Starting in the … Continue reading An unforgettable grandfather, a green and white heart and a long-awaited victory

Why not?

Why are we not spreading love? Why are we not making everyone feel comfortable in their skin? Why are we not seeding self-confidence in those we care for? Why are we not promoting a warm vibe? Why are we not facing the sun together? Why are we not uplifting others? Why are we not watching … Continue reading Why not?

#FeministCorner – Red lipstick as a symbol of freedom and empowerment throughout History, from the American suffragettes to a Portuguese presidential candidate

With Laura Figueiredo Marques “Cae, please tell me you are writing about the red lipstick movement in Portugal right now! I was doing a bit of research, and it was used by the first suffragettes! What an incredible parallelism!!! First, it became a hallmark of the feminine vote, and now it is the badge of … Continue reading #FeministCorner – Red lipstick as a symbol of freedom and empowerment throughout History, from the American suffragettes to a Portuguese presidential candidate

Sneaky scorpions resembling black lobsters, shy volcanoes coughing up clouds of dark smoke and a sweet old lady whose beauty was coined in a penny – Guatemala in review

My country is enduring its second lockdown since this nightmare called COVID arrived to ruin both our sleep and our time awake. Every day a new world record is beaten: the highest number of deaths, of new cases per 100.000 inhabitants. We are the dark champions in mortality and incidence of the disease, with new … Continue reading Sneaky scorpions resembling black lobsters, shy volcanoes coughing up clouds of dark smoke and a sweet old lady whose beauty was coined in a penny – Guatemala in review