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28 de Setembro de 2017.

Expectations versus reality

As Madeira is not the first Portuguese island which I visited, I knew what I should expect here. Before coming to Madeira I spend part of my studies on Erasmus exchange program in Azores and because of that I did not think ‘always expect unexpected’. When I arrived I was not surprised by the Madeiran weather, climate, high humidity, cockroaches, lizards, and very narrow streets. People were also very nice and the city of Funchal seemed like a safe place. However, what surprised me at first was that Funchal is much bigger and it hosts much more tourists that I thought. That is why, in my opinion, people here are more open to other cultures. Also because of that, many […]
25 de Setembro de 2017.

How to stay motivated

Hard to believe, but even when you live in Madeira after some time your life eventually becomes “normal” You stop choosing to walk by the ocean, because that route it’s longer; you get stuck in a rut when it comes to work; you feel like you’re just doing the same thing every weekend and in your free time and you think you’ll never going to actually learn Portuguese. Is there a way out of this dead end? Well yes, there is, but you need to make an effort. I realized I need to create a “life” outside of my usual surroundings, separate from work, colleagues and the residence. The easiest way to do it is by making new friends among […]
21 de Setembro de 2017.

A language of Camões

Why in my homeland, Poland, more and more people start to learn Portuguese? Maybe because it sounds like a mixture of Russian and Spanish? Maybe because it is spoken by around 215 million of people? Maybe because we are just passionate about your country? In Poland there is only one official language and guess what? It is used as an official spoken language only there. So this is one of the possible reasons why many Poles want to learn other languages. Let’s be brutally honest: if some tourists visits our country we need to speak other languages to them because otherwise, they would be terrified. For foreigners, it is even hard to pronounce ‘sorry’ or ‘thank you’ in my mothertongue. […]
21 de Setembro de 2017.

Células solares e bio-sensores

Células solares para o revestimento de edifícios sustentáveis e bio-sensores que monitorizam a presença de toxinas na água são desenvolvidos no Laboratório Ibérico Internacional de Nanotecnologia, em Braga. São dispositivos medidos ao milímetro, feitos numa sala limpa de ambiente espacial. O pó é o inimigo número um (e dois, e três). Papel não entra — a menos que seja feito a partir de celulose especial —, o telemóvel tem de ser desinfectado com álcool, vários objectos do dia-a-dia estão interditos, sobretudo se tiverem velcro. Quem entra tem de vestir um fato completo, daqueles que lembram filmes de ficção científica, e permanecer numa câmara, onde jactos de ar são libertados, durante 15 segundos. Após perto de 15 minutos de preparação, estamos, […]
18 de Setembro de 2017.

A minha viagem ao Porto Santo

I thought that Madeira has become in another home to me. Today I was in Porto Santo, but it wasn´t an enjoyable trip along the island, even I shouldn’t be there, I just was there because the turbulence in a trip with Madeira island as the destiny. This happened as the end of my holidays and basically it was one of the three things that makes me think about my project (because I had too much time to think about it as the pilot was trying to land). The first the time was when I arrived at Spain and after eating Paella (my favorite Spanish plate) I told my family the history of my experience. It wasn’t just a tell, […]
15 de Setembro de 2017.

Wanderlust

The pros and cons of long hiking Being a perfectionist and a collector (both terrible features), I like to see things through – once I undertake a given task or a project, I’m determined to finish it in 100%. Here, on Madeira, one of those little quests of mine is to walk all the hiking trails listed by the website I always use to consult the trips. I mark every finished trail on my map of the island and each new line drawn on it gives my a sort of perverted joy only weirdos like me would understand. Needless to say, the more lines marked on the map at the end of the day, the merrier. I try to combine […]
13 de Setembro de 2017.

Bolsa de estudo para alunos ciganos

Programa já distribuiu 25 bolsas no ano lectivo passado. O Governo vai aumentar de 25 para 30 o número de bolsas de estudo para alunos universitários ciganos, anunciou nesta quarta-feira o ministro-Adjunto Eduardo Cabrita, no âmbito do programa “Opre”, uma medida “histórica” que permitiu “rasgar mentalidades”. O anúncio foi feito o decorrer de uma cerimónia onde foi feito o balanço da primeira edição do “Opre” (Programa Operacional para a Promoção da Educação), que atribui bolsas de estudo a alunos ciganos para o ensino superior. Na primeira edição deste programa, para o ano lectivo 2016/2017, o Governo atribuiu 25 bolsas de estudo, número que irá aumentar para 30 no próximo ano letivo, anunciou Eduardo Cabrita, que gostaria “de ter não 30, […]
12 de Setembro de 2017.

Live consciously and be happy

The time machine was aimed to show if we live passive or we follow our ideas to be happy. Last year I made kind of an experiment with a friend of mine. In the moment when we should say goodbye and we didn´t know if we will ever see again, we created a “time machine”. We wrote there our current life quotes, things what makes us happy at this time and also plans, wishes and expectations for the next months and for later on. I kept piece of paper with his notes and he kept mine. We promise to Skype exactly next year and see how our plans are going. The effect is charming, because even if I made some […]
8 de Setembro de 2017.

Fado vs Flamenco

I arrived in Madeira and discovered fado music by the Coimbra fado group of the students union of the University of Madeira. Before I arrived in Madeira, I used to spend a few hours a day listening, trying to understand and playing flamenco with my guitar. I discovered flamenco two years ago and love this music. Before I first heard Fado I imagined I would like fado because I’m an open person to all music styles. Additionally, fado and flamenco share some features: • They both come from Iberian Peninsula. • There is evidence of flamenco since the 18th century, but it has ancient roots. In the case of fado, is has been performed since the 19th and there are […]
5 de Setembro de 2017.

Células estaminais do cérebro

Células estaminais do cérebro valem bolsa de 1,7 milhões de euros. Conselho Europeu de Investigação financia a investigadora Catarina Homem. Um projecto sobre a regulação de células estaminais do cérebro vai receber uma bolsa do Conselho Europeu de Investigação (ERC, na sigla em inglês) no valor de 1,7 milhões de euros. A cientista premiada é Catarina Homem, investigadora principal do Centro de Estudos de Doenças Crónicas (Cedoc) da Faculdade de Ciências Médicas da Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Em geral, Catarina Homem quer perceber a forma como as células estaminais embrionárias dão origem a diferentes células do organismo, no sítio certo e no tempo certo. A mosca-do-vinagre, ou drosófila, é o seu modelo de investigação. Ora, as células estaminais são essenciais […]
21 de Agosto de 2017.

Polish accent in Funchal

What I found when I started to look for Polish signs in Madeira. There is about 4000 km distance between Madeira and Poland, so it is rather unlikely that these two countries can have a lot in common. However, if you look closely you can find some similarities. One of them are churches and a lot of other signs of Christian faith which are present at every corner. What is more, in the Jesuit’s church we can find a painting of the Divine Mercy based on the devotion initiated by Polish saint nun Faustyna Kowalska and painted by Polish artist. Also in that church we can see a statue of Polish Jesuit – saint Stanisław Kostka, a patron saint of […]
17 de Agosto de 2017.

The art of being lost

Before arriving on the project – I didn’t completely know what to expect. Am I going to love it, am I going to hate it? Will I pick up the language easily? What will it be like being a non-native of the place I’m in for the first time in my life? Now that I’m here. I can honestly say I still don’t have the answers to these questions … But I do know one thing, it’s the curiosity of NOT knowing that is spurring me on and igniting the inquisitive flames of my heart to continue upon this journey. I always hated children’s shows like Dora the Explorer – I never thought that I’d be buying her books in […]
14 de Agosto de 2017.

Expectations

It has already been a month since I left my hometown in the northeast of France to live this experience of a lifetime in Madeira. How do I feel about that? If anyone would have told me that I would be in Madeira at that time last year, I would have never believed him or her. I was doing my end-of-studies internship in the Ministry of Economy in Luxembourg, and I was expecting, or rather, my parents were expecting me to find a job afterwards. Instead I started working as a volunteer in a non-profit organisation that promotes European values and informs youngsters about all kinds of mobility programmes that exist in the European Union. I was still looking for […]
10 de Agosto de 2017.

British Experiences of Iberia

Comparing my first experiences of Iberian life to the British soldiers who arrived in 1807. Upon arriving in Madeira I read The British Soldier in the Peninsular War (G. Daly, Hobart, 2013) in order to learn more about the history of the island. I have compared my experiences to the soldiers who occupied Madeira from 1807. The first thing that struck me upon arrival was the temperate weather and dramatic terrain. Lieutenant Sherer of the Cumberland Regiment was similarly taken, describing the wooded mountains of Portugal as ‘enchanting’. However upon entering the cities the initial optimism of the soldiers turned to revulsion; John Douglas wrote home complaining of poor hygiene and disease in Lisbon. While I have not been to […]
7 de Agosto de 2017.

Your own personal mountains

Dare to feel like a king of the island? After having set my adventurous foot on three trails connecting Pico Ruivo with the south (Pico do Areeiro), the east (Achadas do Teixeira) and the north (Ilha), I once again channelled my inner explorer to check the last remaining path – Vereda da Encumeada (PR 1.3) going west, to the mountain pass at Encumeada. And this vereda is no fooling around, this is not for Sunday hikers in flip-flops or the likes of a guy I once saw at roughly 1700 meters above sea level, carrying his equipment in a plastic bag from a well-known supermarket. This hike alone is 11,2 kilometers long and you still have to reach or descend […]
4 de Agosto de 2017.

My luggage

This month I’m going to Spain, and in this text I want to talk just a bit about the news in my luggage. In my luggage I’ll put the normal things, like clothes, shoes, sunscreen, but I also want to take some specific new things that I obtained in Madeira like new language skills, new friends, new knowledge. I’ll also take lots of histories about my job, my adventures, about the lovely people that I met here. I’ll also take new first experiences, my first picnic, my first successful hitchhiking and camping for the first time. I’ll also tell them the way that I’ve learnt how to be more patient, how to be more open, how I discovered some proper […]