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It’s time to say goodbye | Está na hora de me despedir

Hello folks! (em português embaixo)

It’s been three years, and Brazil has been so much more to me than most of you will ever understand. Has it been easy? No. Has it been worth it? Absolutely. Will I ever be able to fully realise what I’ve achieved? Probably not.

Continue reading “It’s time to say goodbye | Está na hora de me despedir”

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Veni, vidi, vici | And now? | E agora?

Hello folks! (em português embaixo)

I’m happy to announce that I recently did my Master’s defence here at Universidade Federal de Viçosa! If I’ll be honest, it feels unreal, because remember that I started my Master’s degree in a language I had never spoken before! To be able to say that I’ve finished something like this, with all its challenges, difficulties and hardships, brings a lot of pride to me. So, what’s next? Continue reading “Veni, vidi, vici | And now? | E agora?”

Life two years after last seeing my sister | A vida 2 anos após ver a minha irmã pela última vez

Hello folks! (Português embaixo)

I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year! I’m currently in Finland and having a blast with family, relatives and friends, not to mention a pretty cold weather with snow! The last time it was like this was years and years ago.

Continue reading “Life two years after last seeing my sister | A vida 2 anos após ver a minha irmã pela última vez”

Home sweet none | Lar doce ar

Hello peeps! (Em português embaixo.)

The favourite question people seem to like to ask me wherever I go is “where is home for you?”. Up until now, I’ve been kinda perplexed by the amount of confusion that starts tumbling around in my head every time I get asked this question. Surely, after having moved around so much, this question shouldn’t catch me by surprise? I think I might have just gotten the answer to this, as there’s apparently a group of people to which I belong and didn’t even know about! Continue reading “Home sweet none | Lar doce ar”

A globetrotter’s dilemma: Celebrate or not? | O dilema dos globetrotters: Comemorar ou não?

Hello folks! Happy Walpurgis! (Swedish: Vappen, Finnish: Vappu) (Tradução em baixo)

Today, April 30, and tomorrow, May 1, some of us in Europe celebrate what’s known as Walpurgis! This is one of the four largest celebrations in Finland, and it is particularly celebrated by students (unfortunately, usually with way too much booze). This brings up the question, to celebrate or not to celebrate? Continue reading “A globetrotter’s dilemma: Celebrate or not? | O dilema dos globetrotters: Comemorar ou não?”

Happy Merry Newmas from Finland! | Feliz Novo Natalano da Finlândia!

Greetings from a slightly colder place! Unfortunately there isn’t as much snow here as I was hoping for, but at least we got a little after Christmas eve. It’s pretty cold though, although nothing out of the ordinary (about -3 to -10°C). Continue reading “Happy Merry Newmas from Finland! | Feliz Novo Natalano da Finlândia!”

Going home after nearly a year! | Voltarei pra casa depois de quase um ano!

Hi folks! Usually, I’m not as excited to travel as I’m right now. And for good reasons, since I left Europe in February and have spent all this time since in Brazil. A lot has changed during this time, with me having finished my first year of my Master’s, moved to another place, having got to know new people, and basically become fluent (with errors) in Portuguese.

Continue reading “Going home after nearly a year! | Voltarei pra casa depois de quase um ano!”

Merry “Little Christmas”! | Feliz “Natal Pequeno”!

Hi folks! As traditional to me and how/where I grew up (i.e. Finland), we celebrate an unofficial holiday called “little Christmas”. It’s defined as the Saturday before the first Sunday of Advent. Continue reading “Merry “Little Christmas”! | Feliz “Natal Pequeno”!”

Happy midsummer! | Feliz pleno verão!

Hello folks! (tradução abaixo)

Happy midsummer (Swedish: Midsommar; Finnish: Juhannus)! Today is midsummer in Finland and Europe. Although, midsummer (summer solstice) isn’t celebrated everywhere, it is an important part of our culture particularly in the Nordic countries. Continue reading…

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