If you missed my last blog post, I am currently spending the night at Gatwick’s airport. I love this kind of thing, because it always gives me a story to tell. After the bag mystery being solved, I moved to the second floor and I have been observing. Well, I have been reading and catching up with WordPress as well. While I was scrolling, a young girl with a huge backpack sat next to me. She seemed so young, wild and free. She was everything opposite to what I am feeling – old, grumpy, and locked.Continue reading “Do I Still Have Time?”
When I realised there were no buses or trains to Canterbury by the time I would arrive to Gatwick, I felt very pleased with my decision of returning to Lisbon. No, I’m not in Lisbon right now, I just arrived to Gatwick’s airport where I will spend the night until the next available train to the end of the world. Lucky me I get to experience one of those British movie scenes in which someone leaves an unattended bag in a seat and there are at least five people from security looking at the bag and whispering “don’t touch it”. Exciting times.Continue reading “A Night At Gatwick’s Airport”
I guess I haven’t shared much about my life as an expat in the UK. Well, some ugly details have certainly slipped away, but I know I haven’t dug too deep on that. There is a whole interesting cycle that I’m sure someday I will be delighted to describe here. For now, I just want to share how excited I am about my return to Lisbon.Continue reading “Expat Life: The Return To Lisbon”
Portugal’s popularity has certainly increased since the 2016’s European Football Championship and the 2017’s Eurovision final. If we gave new worlds to the world in the 15th century, by reaching places like India and Brasil, the world is certainly discovering us now, six centuries later. People from around the world have been visiting us, enjoying the weather and our friendly culture, while also falling in love with our food and wines.
Nonetheless, I would say that Portugal’s recent popularity is due to some very specific traits most of us share, which may explain why we have only been reintroduced to other European fellows and even to the whole world just now.
We are humble and reserved
Instead of showing off our qualities, we reach people’s hearts and minds by keeping a low profile and by giving our best to others. When compared with other south European countries, you will not see us spitting fire and throwing stones to people. We can be quite passionated but we prefer to be diplomatic and more joyful. Just have a look on how our President reacts in the video below:
We are emotionally intense
We have created Fado (music genre) and we have fantastic poets such as Fernando Pessoa and Florbela Espanca who amazingly wrote about feeling everything in every single way possible. We basically make love with words and who best to show you that than Salvador Sobral, the winer of the 2017’s Eurovision festival:
We are not ugly competitive
I believe that because we gave new worlds to the world centuries ago and because we were the first ones contacting with foreign nations, we are very much open to others and whoever visits our country. We always do our best to speak in a language you can understand (e.g. english, french, spanish) and we are typically givers. We embrace different cultures and I think our history shows how we usually strive for friendliness with other nations. This attitude doesn’t make us aggressive and ugly competitors. Check out this kid’s reaction when we won the Euro Championship in France, in 2016:
In sum, we are not a “show off” nation. We do what we have to do, without making a blast of it and we keep loyal to our values and attitudes.
In the beginning, I used to pack like anyone else, but soon it hit me that there had to be another clever and more effective way to pack all I needed. I did a google search and found out about the technique you can see in the picture below: every piece of clothing becomes a little roll and magic happens. Using this trick, I can now pack much more clothes.
I like to have a good coffee before I head to the airport. Coffee not only wakes me up as it’s actually a ritual that prepares me to another brand new adventure!
A good book to read
Another must have is a book that gets my unconditional attention. I found this at the Whitstable rail station and it’s all about positive organisational behaviour and leadership.