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    Fantastic FADO night!

    January 26, 2009 // No Comments »

    One of our ‘must do’s’ in Portugal was to listen to Fado and last saturday we certainly did! We got a tip to go to Boteko snack bar, where there is Fado every saturday from six to ten. Anyone that knows how to sing Fado can come there and sing. The atmosphere at Boteko was great, relaxed and nice. Fado singers both men and women of all ages. When you come in, the host receives you singing and you feel you have entered his home!

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    Museu Serralves – The Modern art Museum in Porto

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    Last friday me and Brith went to the Museu Sarralves, the modern art museum here in Porto. Adriana from Gesto that has been helping us here organized it for us so we were totally taken care of. Two very nice art students, Angela and Maria took us to the museum and we got a guided tour through an exhibition of works by the spanish sculptor Juan Muños. I did not know his work so it was great to see. His artwork really left a strong impression. Here are some pics

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    Hulda Karlotta and Hugo in Porto

    January 20, 2009 // No Comments »

    Hulda and Hugo 

    Hulda, my friend from Art School in Iceland, a fashion designer, has been living here in Porto with her boyfriend Hugo for the last half a year. I met Hugo for the first time last saturday when we had dinner. They are getting married next summer and I will not oppose that because I found Hugo a great guy and hope they live happily ever after!

    Not only did I like Hugo as a good guy for Hulda, he is a Portuguese/English speaking graphic designer. Exactly what I need in my group of friends and supporters for my job in Maputo!! 

    We are all invited to their home next sunday in a little town close by Porto. Looking very much forward.

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    Life in Porto

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    The days go fast in Porto and now we have just one week to go. Flight to Maputo next Wednesday. We go to portuguese classes 2 hours a day and get lots of homework. Angela, the teacher is very nice and pushes us hard which is great. We are learning a lot. My next blog will be in Portuguese!

    We are still freezing quite a lot but getting more used to the cold and it has been a little warmer the last days. It has been raining and last night and today hail showers!
    Kristine goes every day to the “Fancy Place” which is a big fancy work-out centre with a all the gears you need, swimming pool and a spa and then a very nice cafe, where I am allowed to visit her if I register and get a visitors pass. She paid big bucks to become member and we the rest of the group of course envy her and give her hard time for her snobbish life! But being a dancer she has an excuse, she has to train and keep in shape… and actually it is a matter of choice, the day she bought into the gym, I, the nerd, went and bought a small wonderful computer for similar prize. 

    My office now is Cafe Belas Artes, and I sit there and work when I am not in the course. It is very relaxed and nice atmosphere and a good internet access. A bit cold as everywhere except for Kristine’s “fancy place”. The food and wine is good and cheap here so we go out to eat every night for a meal, of course Bacalao is often on our plates. Although, tonight the plan is to have ‘cueijo e vinjo tinto em casa’ (cheese and red wine at home). And then my plan is to come here to Belas Artes and watch the Obama take over! What an important day!!

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    I love the tiles patterns and signs

    January 17, 2009 // No Comments »

    I wish I would have time to just walk around the city and take pictures of the patterned houses and do some graphics. Now the main thing is to study portuguese!! But here is one quick collage.

    quick collage from Porto

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    My first meeting in portuguese. Já pouco compreende…

    January 14, 2009 // No Comments »

    Paiva took me to my first meeting which is spoken in portuguese today. I enjoyed it a lot even if I didn´t understand much more than one and one word… every now and then ‘Soley’ … ‘norvegesa’ … ‘novembro’ … ‘alguma coisa’ … But Tiago and Catia translated enough for me to follow. 

    It was a meeting of the network Identidades which is a cooperative network of Portuguese, Mozambican, Brazilian and Cape Verde institutions/people. I am still learning about it.

    The people here are great, moito fixe! (I am sure someone will correct that phrase!) So even if I am freezing all the time it is worth it to meet so warm and nice people.

    Identidades meeting

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