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20 de Janeiro de 2018.

Island Oddities

The strange case of the Principality of Pontinha. Due to their isolated nature, island nations tend to exhibit a heightened sense of the bizarre. I am well aware of this from my home country, with its Byzantine cultural norms and eccentric Monarchy. Madeira is no different, a notable example being the existence of the Principality of Pontinha. Founded by the now Dom Renato Barros I, a former art teacher, Pontinha is a micronation based around an islet on Funchal’s harbour. It was purchased for just shy of £20,000 from the Blandy family, who had themselves purchased the land from the city of Funchal in order to fund a redevelopment of the port in 1903. Barros himself has speculated that if […]
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 […]
6 de Agosto de 2018.

Seasons in Madeira

I need to plan what I will visit again or experience new. My project in Madeira ended after 10 months. I arrived in Madeira in late September with the start of a beautiful autumn. The island presented itself with a lot of sun, long days and a water temperature I found highly surprising for October. But despite all this, it was not as tropical as I expected it to be and although Madeira’s nature is impressive I could not find the jungle I dreamt of. During Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the capital Funchal started to glow, gleam and glint in every street due to its overwhelming decoration which made the darkest day of the year was a very shiny […]
3 de Agosto de 2018.

Travel around the coast

Something that a lot of people do in the summer in Madeira. The most popular way to travel is to rent a car and split the cost, making it quite cheap transportation. However it can be hard to drive in the mountains, and if you don’t have a great car and a lot of people you can get stuck on a hill. A bus is also an option, somehow they can easily drive on even the smallest and steepest roads, but it can be quite expensive to get a ticket. The last option is to ask for a lift on the road. It is actually pretty safe here so there is no problem with doing that, and it is free. […]
30 de Julho de 2018.

Prepare your Summer

Open your eyes to catch all the beauty of Madeira A French guy in Funchal will give you, this month, some tips to prepare your summer, as you’re coming soon in Madeira Island. Take what you want, but just know that some little mistakes are hidden! To begin, Madeira is a very cold Island, because It’s climate is very fresh. That’s why people always need to have and/or to wear a pullover, some waterproof sneakers, a pair of short trousers, and a waterproof sun hat. However, if you like to go to the beach, you’ll enjoy coming to Madeira, so don’t forget to bring with you your swimsuit and to buy a ticket for Porto Santo, it will worth it! To go […]
27 de Julho de 2018.

Madeira in the summer

The way there doesn’t even seem long because of the nice views. If I would have to describe the perfect summer day in Madeira, it would be something like this. Waking up before the sun is up, taking breakfast with me and going by car to Pico do Areeiro with a group of friends. There we would sit on the second highest point of Madeira and eat breakfast while watching the sunrise. After that, we would drive down the mountain through the beautiful Madeiran forest. Next stop would be Santana. There we would go visit the Madeira theme park. Of course, the park is pretty touristic, but spending a few hours there with friends could be fun. Seeing the typical […]
24 de Julho de 2018.

Vereda da Ponta de São Lourenço

There you can see huge cliffs reaching out of the sea. This eastern peninsula of the island is from volcanic origins, it consists mostly basalt stone but also limestone sediment formations. Because of the pretty dry climate and the exposure to northern winds, there is low vegetation. It looks very different from the other parts of the island and this is what makes it so special. A nice fact is that the name of the vereda comes from the name of João Gonçalves Zarco’s caravel, São Lourenço. Zarco was one of the three discoverers of Madeira. For me, this walk is definitely one that you NEED to do when you are in Madeira, it’s one of the most beautiful walks […]
21 de Julho de 2018.

How not waste a summer in Madeira

Let me give you some non-qualified tips for the months to come. To be honest, I have not been in Madeira during the hottest months of summer. My experience started in September what I would still call summer due to the heat. Madeira is very versatile and full of possible activities. That is the reason why I love this island. People who love the sea have several options to explore the Atlantic Ocean. Snorkeling and scuba diving let you discover the biodiversity of the sea dwellers. But not everyone likes to dive in the dark and deep ocean and some rather stay above the surface of the water, at least with their heads. There are still enough activities, such as […]