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one second everyday — june 2016

if june had a theme, it would definitely be friends & family. the month was spent catching up with dear friends both local and from abroad, tearing up in weddings, visiting family, and then hosting family here in the south. in the in-betweens, we wrote postcards, enjoyed being tourists, tested recipes for meatballs (for friday night meatballs!) and admired the new world map that now hangs in the office! :)

10 years ago today…

… levi and i landed in the netherlands for our erasmus semester. my first plane ride, the first time outside my tiny country, and the first step towards so many adventures around the world! :)

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it’s the little things

joão tordo, em entrevista à lecool desta semana. jornalista, nómada, escritor, descreve com uma eficácia extraordinária o que eu senti ao voltar. não é pedantismo, não é vaidade – mas julgo que é qualquer coisa que só se percebe quando se vive fora dos muros deste país. qualquer coisa que nos muda.
fica um excerto, o resto podem ler aqui.

– Tinhas saudades de Lisboa quando estavas lá?
Tinha saudades de algumas coisas, uma certa tranquilidade, que não se encontra no bulício diário de Londres, Brooklyn ou Manhattan. Mas temia o dia em que tivesse de regressar. Por acaso, foi isso mesmo que aconteceu, tive de regressar porque o meu visto de estudante tinha terminado e era obrigado a deixar os Estados Unidos. O que encontrei em Lisboa deixou-me por um lado contente e por outro apreensivo. Muitas coisas tinham mudado desde que eu partira, e pareceu-me uma cidade mais vibrante, mais internacional, mas muitas coisas eram o mesmo, uma repetição nauseante de tudo o que eu nunca gostei na minha adolescência e idade adulta. Se tinha saudades? Tinha, mas matei-as depressa.

– Quando voltaste, tomaste mais atenção a esta cidade?
Sim. Olho-a de outro ponto de vista, acho eu. Quem sempre viveu aqui não tem distância (não pode ter) e não tem medidas de comparação. Não é o mesmo ir viajar durante duas semanas ou estar noutro lugar durante dois anos. Não é o lugar que importa em si, é a ausência daquele que deixámos, a transformação de um espaço físico em memórias, nas quais as coisas se distorcem e amplificam. Fica-se com uma noção mais romântica dos sítios e, quando se regressa a eles, já não se perde essa magia. Por isso presto mais atenção aos pormenores, a uma esquina em particular, uma janela, uma rapariga a passar na rua.

the xmas tree i wish i was the star that goes on top…


 

dear readers,
if you ever get drunk with amaretto and beers by a crazy trio of girls, run away as fast as you can as soon as they grab a pair of scissors.

(you don’t know it yet, but you might end up with something hair-tattoed on the back of your head. no kidding*.)

having said so: merry xmas everyone!

ana

* just look at levi’s face as he realizes his fate in the shape of a xmas tree :)

walk this way

some links to share: * kiss by the hotel de ville, by robert doisneau was sold for over 155k euros. even though the kiss was staged, it’s such a beautiful picture. :)
* soduku: fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3×3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. so addicting!
* david fonseca redesigned his web place (let’s wait for more regular updates :P)

and a note on the personal side:
* groningen it is, after a lot of last minute hesitations and confusions… dealing with the lack of protocols isn’t easy and we got our share of funny replies like this one, from leiden: "We do not have a Socrates programme with your department, and we do not like to start one, so I am sorry to tell you, but you’ll have to find another university for your stay abroad." :P go find someplace else, you’re not welcome here!
in the end, we decided to play it safe and stick to the only university who was offering us some decent garanties. meanwhile i used flickr to discover what the city was like. i found lots of photos tagged "groningen" and even some nice people who helped me getting an insight of what it was like living there. here’s an excerpt from an email from folkert’s ( aka designerd) who kindly shared his thoughts about the city with us:
"I can truly congratulate you on your choice to go to Groningen. I might be a bit biased, well a lot actually, but I’ll try to give an accurate idea.
Groningen is a fairly small city (about the sixth biggest in The Netherlands), yet the biggest in the north. It has a very young population, due to the presence of a university and several other educational institutions.
Due to this young population, Groningen has a vivid nightlife: a lot of bars, clubs and venues. And the best part: most of them are open 24/7, which is pretty unique. Most bars in other cities close at 3 in the night.
OK, you are right about the climate. It might not be as great as Portugal’s, but the Groningen summers can be nice and warm, and at times…wet. :-)
Living in Groningen is great. At least, that’s what I think. You have all the pros of living in a city, but if you like you can be in a more rural environment in no time."

sounds great! (and at the same time, it really feels similar to braga…) we’ll get used to it ireally quick! :D