Airport chaos, programming in a convent, Aperol as a stress-reliever and a catholic promise to be paid – QHELP Seminar in Padova

It all started out with a new email in my inbox: a call for applications for a week-long seminar of quantitative methods in Psychology that would take place in Padova, Italy. Students with all levels of acquaintance with R (a programming language for statistical computing), from all academic levels in the field of Psychology (from … Continue reading Airport chaos, programming in a convent, Aperol as a stress-reliever and a catholic promise to be paid – QHELP Seminar in Padova

Sentimentos Transcritos

“The more I hold myself close and fully embrace who I am, the more I thrive.” – Elliot Page Muito haveria a escrever sobre género. Desde a sua dimensão contínua, num variado espectro de possibilidades, até ao que significa viver o seu género, expressá-lo, vê-lo reconhecido nos olhos daqueles com quem contactamos todos os dias. … Continue reading Sentimentos Transcritos

An artistic collection of relationship leftovers, a high-five to the border control officer and lots of mind-blowing nature – Road-tripping in Croatia

Now that we are approaching the most… let’s say romantic day of year (one could say “lame”, but let’s keep it unrealistic as the whole idea of it so demands), I can’t help but remember one of the trips that inadvertently made me think about love the most. In only a few days, Croatia confronted … Continue reading An artistic collection of relationship leftovers, a high-five to the border control officer and lots of mind-blowing nature – Road-tripping in Croatia

The Portuguese House of Democracy

In the Portuguese House of Democracy There are several housemates Who keep coming and going Welcomed and kicked out By the same old grumpy landlord Who takes a bit of his precious time To tick a box in the paperwork. In the Portuguese House of Democracy There is plenty of room for everyone With rooms … Continue reading The Portuguese House of Democracy

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

An elegant dress code to impress Mr. COVID, a blue lagoon and a glass of rum under the stars – Glamping in Alentejo

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

Meet Vincent Van Gogh – a delicate symbiosis of art and mental health

Sunflowers. Starry nights. A small empty bedroom. All this painted in oil, brushstroke after brushstroke, until a thick layer of bright colours protrudes from the canvas, right into any observer’s mind, where it probably sticks forever. This is Van Gogh’s unique post-impressionist style of painting, where you see represented, not just reality, but how he … Continue reading Meet Vincent Van Gogh – a delicate symbiosis of art and mental health

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

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

26 places that changed my life – part 2

If you missed the first 13, go check them out first at Part 1 . 14. Amazon Rainforest, South America I remember this guy on the TV show “Who wants to be a millionaire?”, when asked what he was going to do with the money if he won the final prize, promptly replying “I would … Continue reading 26 places that changed my life – part 2