(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
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
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
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
(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?