22 de Fevereiro de 2018.

Last Christmas in Madeira

The city was full of interesting things to see, from live music to a 5 meter tall Santa. I stayed in Madeira to experience Christmas and new years eve there, and one thing I learned is that the people here really like Christmas. All of the streets were starting to become filled with lights in the middle of November, and the stores were decorating even before that. Even before December had begone I already got sick of all the Christmas songs that were played everywhere. And when December eventually started you could see large structures of lights in the forms of cones and angels standing throughout the city. Christmas eventually started with the Christmas market, a long row of shops […]
5 de Fevereiro de 2018.

Primeira nevada

Ver pela primeira vez os flocos de neve a caírem desde os céus, é de uma magicalidade imensa. Quando nascemos numa ilha um tanto tropical, temos sempre aquele pequeno desejo de ver neve pela primeira vez bem como de a sentirmos. É tão bonito ver os pequenos flocos de neve a descerem pelos céus, numa fluidez imensa e, a caírem nos demais objectos que encontram pelo caminho. Estes flocos de neve pintalgarão todas as ruas e ruelas, árvores e arbustos, casas e casario, é bonito ver tudo coloreado de branco, algo que nos transmite uma calma intensa e uma paz emersa. Andar na neve é das situações mais cómicas de sempre, nunca sabemos onde nem como podemos escorregar, pois cria-se […]
2 de Fevereiro de 2018.

Experiência incomparável

O SVE é um projecto fascinante que permite fazer voluntariado noutro país e crescer como ser humano. Eu tive conhecimento do Serviço Voluntário Europeu (SVE) quando estudava na universidade e a minha melhor amiga fez um projecto de SVE em Espanha e, a partir desse momento, a minha curiosidade sobre esta oportunidade desenvolveu-se. Com o final dos meus estudos, decidi que queria ter uma experiência diferente e o que a União Europeia nos proporciona e financia, era o que eu precisava. Iniciei a minha busca por projectos em Itália, país que já tinha visitado e que tinha despertado um interesse particular em mim devido à sua vasta cultura, as suas magníficas cidades e paisagens, a excelente comida e a semelhança […]
2 de Fevereiro de 2018.

We are all one big family

You can learn a lot about different cultures, traditional cuisine and how to rid yourself of stereotypes. Living in a student residence can be annoying, especially when it is overloaded with people or for example the kitchen on the ground floor does not work and all students start to use the one on your floor. But despite all the noise, lack of privacy and a rare state of cleanliness in the kitchen I really appreciate my experience of living in our volunteer and student community. We can always share our experiences and learn from each other and count on each other. On one hand you become more social and open-minded but on the other hand you learn how to enjoy […]
23 de Janeiro de 2018.

Hiking together

What if we all (volunteers, Erasmus students, international students and madeiran students) could go hiking together? This idea has stuck in my head since long time. It would be so perfect to have the possibility to go out in the nature, not depending on when and where the few public buses could drive you at the weekend. There are just a few options to gain this freedom of self-determined hiking. Renting a car together with friends, going with a friend who has a car or hitchhike. Although every of these options has its benefits the disadvantages are highly considerable, especially when you want to hike with more than 5 people. So as I heard about the guided nature walks Aauma […]