15 de Janeiro de 2018.

Hello and goodbye

One of the most important things of this year was, for me, meeting new people from other countries. This wasn’t hard because we share our room with one or two others and our kitchen with around sixty. I met new people so fast, and always forgot that I had to say goodbye at some point. That’s what I’m thinking about now, when more and more people are leaving. So many things have happened and I never expected the people here to become real friends of mine. When you see the people go you realise that a small part of your life came to its end, which makes me sad and happy at the same time. Sad because it was so […]
31 de Dezembro de 2017.

One world

I´m happy that I am able to see now how I was thinking and how other people might be thinking. When I was a young girl, people used to tell me that Holland is one of the best countries to be born in. They told me that I lived in a prosperous country, in which everything is well organized and people are happy. Most of the time, we watched Dutch TV, heard our own language and learnt about our own history. In some kind of way this made me thinking that we were the only ones in this world, or at least the only good ones. And even though I learnt about it at geography and saw it on TV, […]
27 de Novembro de 2017.

Real life lessons

Let´s hope that these lessons are only the beginning of many others and that I can keep learning as fast as I did last two months. One week ago, I went to the mainland for the on-arrival training in Guimaraes. This is a training for those who do EVS in Portugal and who just arrived. I had so much fun this week! We didn’t have to cook, which was of course one of the things I appreciated the most and we also talked about A LOT. After this week I realised a few things, I realised how much I had already learned from the beginning until that moment. Let me sum up a few things: – I learned how to […]
26 de Outubro de 2017.

The Madeiran bubble

This island is so beautiful! And I feel so good. Last year, when I was in my final year of secondary school, I decided to wait starting my study and take a Gap-Year. After 6 years of hard work, I was sick of school and I wanted a life without any duties. However, when I finished my school and got my diploma, I felt bored and empty. I had no goal anymore and I really needed one. I tried to find a hobby like puzzling, reading a book and learning Portuguese words, but this was all soooo boring. So I stopped and kept on worrying about my problem of being purposeless. I’ve been here for about 3 weeks now, and […]