E se tudo fosse igual?

E se todas as rosas fossem iguais? Qual seria a graça do mundo Se em cada pétala, rosa, de rosa Víssemos uma cópia do que vimos Num jardim distante, num país distante, No nosso próprio jardim? E se todos os brinquedos fossem iguais? Qual seria a graça de uma brincadeira Com o meu e o … Continue reading E se tudo fosse igual?

Unconventional ideas worth spreading – TEDx Porto 2022

Back in 2015, an unexpected retinal detachment forced me to take a break from the rushing university life. Away from books, notebooks and research papers, I found myself hopelessly unoccupied. My brain, used to work late hours and under constant pressure, was begging me to remain active. And that was when I decided to put … Continue reading Unconventional ideas worth spreading – TEDx Porto 2022

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

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

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

#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

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

I don’t wanna talk numbers – International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

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

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)