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

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

An empty dance floor (at Lux Frágil)

It has been six months since the last time a crowd of feet stepped on that dance floor until the last beat of some avant-garde tune echoed in a long night turning into early morning. Six long, silent, voided months since the last sunrise has been seen from the balcony on the first floor, less … Continue reading An empty dance floor (at Lux Frágil)

State of (mental) Emergency

Here we go again. Portugal returns to State of Emergency. Again. As the numbers of new cases and deaths keep growing, our mental state declines accordingly. It has been 8 months since our first lockdown. And we have been swinging on a thin thread of uncertainty, desperately trying to keep our balance by moving forward, … Continue reading State of (mental) Emergency

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

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

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