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 Coronials
(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 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?
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
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
2021 started, not with unrealistic resolutions this time, but with COVID still haunting humanity! Needless to say, it was the first NYE in about 12 years that I spent at home with my family and absolutely no friends. We all dressed up elegantly and threw an ultra-private “New Yorker jet set cocktail party”-style event to … Continue reading An elegant dress code to impress Mr. COVID, a blue lagoon and a glass of rum under the stars – Glamping in Alentejo
“I am against it.” “I don’t mind much, as long as they don’t bother me.” “It is disgusting!” “Think of the children they might have... how traumatising it will be when they find out that their father keeps a not-so-secret affair with his secretary...” “70% will end up in divorce.” “It is probably just a … Continue reading What is your opinion on heterosexual marriage?
According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), every human being, regardless of their age, gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, religion or any other status, is born with inalienable fundamental rights. Among these fundamental rights, are the right to life, liberty and personal security; to education; to equality and freedom from discrimination; … Continue reading The right to have the right rights
I don’t wanna talk about numbers. I don’t wanna mention the unlucky woman among every 3 that will experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner. Nor the 137 women that are killed every day by a member of their family. I rather ignore that only 52% of women … Continue reading I don’t wanna talk numbers – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
It has been 6 years. 6 years since the day, in November 2014, when I started seeing ink drops dancing in front of me. I shook my head and blinked several times but it just wouldn’t go away. And then flashes rushed in front of my eyes, as if a bunch of paparazzi were getting … Continue reading 6 years of seeing life through a damaged retina