I am not particularly religious even though I have been raised by highly religious parents. However, this year I am doing my own version of "7 weeks without xxx" which many Christians do between carnival and Easter Sunday. Basically you pick one thing you think you can't live without and stop it during this time … Continue reading Going minimalist
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Sometimes, a little more perspective helps to do the right thing. A little more knowledge about how things are interconnected. They should teach it in school, to see the big picture. For example: People in my neighborhood are upset about the amount of dog excrements on the sidewalk. They have dogs themselves and do not … Continue reading Put it into perspective
I am absolutely addicted to absorbing new knowledge. I love studying. I love learning about new ideas from other to include them into my own musings (with or without footnotes. I already have a M.Sc. in European Studies and just finished a Master in Quality Management. Which means I am currently not studying (officially) at … Continue reading How much education is too much?
[This post is part of the series I am starting right now on navigating stereotypes that are ascribed to me because of my nationality.] One of the most interesting things about living abroad is that you start discovering things about your self you took for granted. But which in a new setting turn out to … Continue reading Cultural stereotypes as assets: Punctuality
I just asked the Online Identity Calculator and now I have a badge: I am officially digitally distinct, meaning that if you search for my name on google you get a high volume of results with overall favorable content. The website dates back to 2007 and apparently was launched together with a related book (if … Continue reading Being officially digitally distinct
Last week I had a nice chat with some other foreigners in Barcelona. My friend commented that I should definitely have kids some day, just to see them growing up with four languages and see how it goes. In this case the kid would speak German and Portuguese at home, and Spanish and Catalan in … Continue reading Aspects of a quadrilingual life