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3 de Outubro de 2017.

VR ao serviço da proteção ambiental

Programa do Banco Mundial para a proteção ambiental anuncia competição com o objetivo de criar um vídeo para a exposição de soluções climáticas. A iniciativa foi apresentada no Festival de Cinema de Veneza. A partir do contexto de uma cidade (Veneza) em perigo de ser afetada pelo aquecimento global e pelo aumento acentuado do nível médio das águas do mar, o programa Connect4Climate, do Grupo Banco Mundial, anunciou a “Competição Internacional Uniting4Climate” com vista à “criação de um argumento para a produção de um vídeo em realidade virtual que conduza ao estímulo da ação climática e a soluções para as alterações climáticas”. A competição procura um argumento (“uma proposta para a produção de um VR na forma de um documento […]
2 de Outubro de 2017.

Architectural heritage

You can vote in referendum, write a petition or have a deep discussion with councillor about architecture. Don´t let your heritage desapear. Every single day, when I am walking around the down town of FunchaI I can see hundreds of buildings in poor conditions. Sometimes I am afraid of going next to them – nobody wants to be hit by felling down layers. The residents of that places are cats and homeless people, who risks a lot, because the God only knows when they may collapse. In the effect of huge emigration of Madeiran, people started to leaving their properties and houses without care. The Portuguese low is saying that if you don´t take response for your building, for the […]
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 […]
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.

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.

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 […]