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19 de Janeiro de 2018.

A French Guy in Funchal: The Sequel

My time here on Madeira Island stays very nice, tiring but increasingly interesting. Let’s talk about another subject than food, that is to say food, and two famous pastries in all Portugal! My pleasure, shared I’m pretty sure by many other people, is eating pastries, all bakeries Portuguese have! And the one I could go for from France to Portugal by foot or even by swimming to enjoy is definitely “Pastéis de nata”. This is a little eggs flan tartlet, sold in other countries in a sad way in supermarkets when It’s not artisanal. Indeed I tasted it in France just before coming to Madeira and to Portugal, and that wasn’t such a nice moment. Because when It’s industrial you […]
18 de Janeiro de 2018.

Descarrilar

“Alguns têm na vida um grande sonho e faltam a esse sonho. Outros não têm na vida nenhum sonho e faltam a esse também.” — Livro do desassossego, Fernando Pessoa. Prólogo: Sem destino continuei a caminhada, o meu objectivo vago… Tentando dissipar a ansiedade construída no meu peito. Eu entendi porque é que estava perdido, eu tinha falhado em compreender a situação diante de mim. Por mais que eu tentasse convencer a minha mente a aceitar que meia vida era suficiente, mais que isso, a emoção que surgia dentro de mim era de mágoa, e eu sabia que acabaria sendo consumido por esse veneno. “Talvez fiquem zangados mas isso vai tornar-te livre.” — Se ninguém te disse, a tua liberdade […]
18 de Janeiro de 2018.

Winter in Madeira

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”. This is a phrase Madeira definitely lives by Whenever people ask me about Madeiran weather I simply just say “mood swings”. You just never know. During the summer it is mostly warm, dry but also humid. And even I, who arrived here in the beginning of September, had to wait a month or more to experience rain in Funchal. By now I am always carrying an umbrella. The biggest city on Madeira is located in the south, where it is usually sunnier than in the north. This island can have all four seasons at once. And that is during the summer. In winter a single city often has all […]
17 de Janeiro de 2018.

Proibição de sacos descartáveis

Agora que a primeira estratégia para os plásticos na União Europeia foi apresentada, para Maio deverá surgir legislação comunitária para a pôr em prática. Até 2030, uma das metas é que todas as embalagens de plástico sejam recicláveis. Os plásticos estão em todo o lado, basta olhar à volta. E tanto falamos deles como um problema – é o caso dos plásticos descartáveis – como de um benefício para nós. A primeira estratégia europeia para lidar com os plásticos, apresentada nesta terça-feira em Bruxelas, é um plano de acção para as autoridades nacionais e a indústria. Uma das suas metas é que todas as embalagens de plástico no mercado, ao contrário o que acontece hoje, sejam recicláveis em 2030. E […]
17 de Janeiro de 2018.

Indian food in Madeira

How Indian cuisine found its way to Madeira (en route from England and South Africa). Paradoxically, Indian food is the national dish of the United Kingdom. For many British people a curry is a frequent treat, so my surprise was palpable when I found several Indian restaurants in Funchal serving British-Indian fusion classics such as Tikka Masala. Perhaps this is a consequence of the myriad British tourists who holiday in Madeira every year. But there is usually a deeper justification. My initial assumption was that one of the many British expatriates of Madeira’s history had popularised the cuisine here. This notion was substantiated by the presence of an Indian Infantry Division at the Jesuits’ College in 1941. The company was […]
16 de Janeiro de 2018.

Full of memories

I have already experienced so much, and there is still so much to do! The most beautiful places and moments in your life will always stay in your heart and memories. But what I’m scared of here is that I experience so many moments and see so many places that I want to remember the rest of my life, but the memories just fade away. I can’t choose if I will remember my last weekend’s hike or the moments when I’m laughing with my roommates so hard, that I fall from my bed. When I’m going to be 55 and I will look back to this year, I hope I’ll remember how I felt in the special moments. The other […]
15 de Janeiro de 2018.

Parceria na supercomputação

A aposta dos especialistas será na análise de dados e aplicações para “servir” o Centro de Investigação Internacional do Atlântico (AIR Centre). Este pólo ficará situado na Universidade do Minho. O plano já tinha sido anunciado: o primeiro projecto do Centro Internacional de Investigação do Atlântico (AIR Centre), que deverá ter sede nos Açores, é a instalação de um supercomputador na Universidade do Minho (UM) para a análise de dados científicos e desenvolvimento de novas aplicações em diversas áreas de estudo. Agora, esta sexta-feira, é assinado o protocolo que oficializa a parceria entre o Centro de Computação Avançada do Minho e o Centro de Supercomputação de Barcelona. A nova infra-estrutura de computação será instalada na UM no primeiro trimestre deste […]
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 […]
15 de Janeiro de 2018.

A minha experiência na Ucrânia

Sendo o EVS parte do programa ERASMUS+, não precisei de possuir muitos recursos para participar! Através da associação onde fui acolhido, fui enviado para 2 campos de férias (faz parte da tradição ucraniana no verão as crianças e jovens irem a campos de ferias). No primeiro campo fiquei 9 dias com cerca de 45 participantes, organização e mais 5 voluntários. Dormíamos em tendas no meio da floresta, a 5Km da fronteira com Rússia, basicamente sem rede telefónica. Além de desenvolver as nossas atividades também participava nas em muitas outras, desde jogar vólei, cantar, aprender a língua russa e ucraniana, ir tomar banho num rio e até buscar água para todo o campo de cavalo as 7h da manhã. No segundo […]
14 de Janeiro de 2018.

A paradise made of wood

In this text I want to tell you a little bit about my experience in this volunteering. Madeira is a Portuguese island whose history begins to count from the fifteenth century when it was permanently occupied for the first time. This information is important because my project is about the Madeiran legacy (the name of my project is Madeiran Heritage), and it tries to train volunteers to, through guided tours, show a piece of the history of Funchal (its capital), of the island in general, and some aspects of the history of Portugal. With the money that is obtained from this process we help for the different social projects of the University of Madeira. The project itself is very rewarding […]
13 de Janeiro de 2018.

Coming home

What is home for you? Where is home for you? How many homes can you actually have? Does it have to be family? Or can it be friends? I begin with these simple questions for you. Every volunteer has to go to two trainings: an on-arrival training and a mid-term training. Both of them take place on the mainland of Portugal. Most of us enjoy the time. We meet new friends, friends that experience the same but also the total opposite. I was actually lucky to go by myself because I am sure that it has you a whole different impact on you. And of course it is a nice opportunity to leave this island and get to know the […]
12 de Janeiro de 2018.

Future happens now

In 2015, a company from Hong Kong activated a humanoid robot named Sophia. She, because the robot is considered to be of female gender and is modeled after Audrey Hepburn, was interviewed in tv shows and by international organizations, such as United Nations. Although it is surely a great development, many people expressed their concerns that it may be dangerous for our race. Robot assured that she is only a peaceful creature built to help people, although the concerns escalated even more when for the question if she wants to destroy humans, asked by her creator, Sophia answered “OK. I will destroy humans.” Another controversy aroused this year when Sophia, as the first robot, got a nationality. Now she is […]
11 de Janeiro de 2018.

Weather changing

I write about November because it was a colder month in Madeira, a month of surprises. First I didn’t expected such a cold weather here. I mean it’s not so cold but it’s quite more than I expected from a semi tropical island. Also I had some troubles because the changing weather like for instance, I went to one levada, it was so sunny but in the middle of the levada it just rained a lot, so basically I walked for 6h under a really annoying rain (oh course I didn’t bring my umbrella). Another big change was the cold water on the beach, and that’s even in the warm days. Since the fact that November is not a touristic […]
6 de Janeiro de 2018.

Nature Festival on Madeira

Pros and cons of visiting Madeira in autumn In the end of September I had a few friends coming to Madeira from Porto. Naturally, I wanted to show them some of the most iconic views on the island, so I took them to places like Ponta de São Lourenço, Vereda do Larano, Pico do Areeiro. It was quite a shock to see all of them (places, not friends) completely burnt by summer sun, yellow and grey where just a few months ago, in early spring, everything was intensely green and flourishing. Later on I even compared my photos from April and late September and the difference in color is unbelievable. There can be no doubt about it – Madeira is […]
4 de Janeiro de 2018.

Claustrophobia

I never thought that being and living on the island can be so different from living in the mainland in a bigger agglomeration. But actually it differs a lot and I felt it soon after I came here. This strange feeling of being locked and kept in a small island so that you cannot escape from it so easily in case of any human/natural disaster remain in my subconscious. Everything has limits here and sometimes it can make you feel anxious. I wonder if some people has that inborn will of constantly moving from place to place, just getting into the car or taking a plane and travelling at least for a bit or if it is just a feature […]
2 de Janeiro de 2018.

Tourism (seen as a tourist)

I am starting my third month in this project, and I have noticed a lot of differences between my home country and Funchal (obviously). The biggest and most noticeable one is perhaps not that this is a Portuguese island, but that it is a touristic island. Tourism is quite deeply entwined in Funchal, which results in some small but noticeable differences. For example, I must have seen over a hundred cafés and restaurants but I have only seen two supermarkets which are at 200 meters apart from each other. You can also go anywhere by bus, but the price is the same no matter how far you want to go. Banana’s and fruits are about as expensive as in my […]