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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.

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Growing up in Brazil | Crescer no Brasil

Hello folks! (tradução embaixo)

As the Czech proverb goes,

“You live a new life for every new language you speak. If you know only one language, you live only once.”

Last week, I did something I could not have imagined myself doing even a year ago. I held a presentation in Portuguese for the first time in my life! It was about my thesis project in general, so sure, a subject I am comfortable with… in English. It made me realise something I kind of had forgotten about.

And yes, the picture should say “you live a new life”.

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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?”

Merry Christmas from A Chris in The Netherlands!

Hi and Merry Christmas! (Tradução abaixo.) Indeed, I’m no longer in Brazil for this year, but in The Netherlands, where I used to live for a long time. My family is still here, and I’ll be celebrating Christmas with them and some others. Unfortunately there is no snow, so it’ll have to be an “I’m dreaming of a White Christmas”. As I know most of you have other things to do today, I’ll end it here with a video of my first Christmas, which was in Hong Kong back when I still spoke Chinese! (Ps. you have no idea how weird it is hearing yourself speak a language you can’t understand anymore!)

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A Hong Kong-British Finn & Dutch ex-resident speaking Swedish living in Brazil. Hi. Or terve.

Oioi! A few years ago I remember my Facebook profile containing the line “I’m a Hong Kong-British Swedish speaking Finnish guy in The Netherlands. I didn’t confuse you, did I?”. Well, I have bad news for you if you didn’t follow before. Now it’s even more confusing. Even I’m beginning to find it hard to explain without having to think when “presenting” (more like a speech) myself to others. And I’ve noticed that a lot of people ask more than once about my background, so probably they didn’t get it the first few times. It’s probably for the best; there are plenty other things in the world to concern yourself with than a louco finlandês without a proper identity.

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En route

So today is finally the day. I’m currently sitting in the airport lounge at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, having just parted with my dad who’s also flying today, but to Ghana. I’m now looking at almost 24h en route, from Amsterdam to Rome with KLM, where I transfer to Alitalia that flies to Rio de Janeiro. Then I have quite a long bus ride ahead to get to Viçosa. And now for some photo spamming:

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