Mirtilo Finlandês

Life in Lisbon from a Finnish point of view.

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Myth of solo cinema

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu 7 kuukautta sitten

Somebody you know goes alone to the movies on a Saturday night. Do you feel sad for the person for going all alone (sing: All by my seeelfff) OR do you respect this person for not being afraid of being alone? (this time I sing: I want to be all by my self).I have always been an independent…

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What we miss the most when living…

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu 7 kuukautta sitten

The other day I asked myself a question. What do I miss the most from Finland? The first thought I had in mind was insane. On the top of my materialistic mind was dry shampoo. I sincerely asked myself whether I am going crazy or am I plainly materialistic. Dry shampoo? It’s not even a Finnish…

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How to Sauna – in Portugal

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu 8 kuukautta sitten

As Portugal is in carnival mood, I decided to seize the day and go to the gym. After a complete and well done workout I headed to the sauna.As we Finns like to think – the sauna is a place where you sweat out the stress and anxiety of life. All the toxins of your body drip to the floor in the…

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A traveling Heidi and crazy taxi…

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu 8 kuukautta sitten

Work has taken me several times to Germany and once to UK in the past weeks. There is one thing in common with all working trips (not only Bircher muesli and my incredible capability of finding it everywhere). I have met some cray-ass-bem-louco taxi drivers. They seem to be more interested in your…

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Pick your apartment wisely

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu 9 kuukautta sitten

This is important folks!When you move to Portugal it is good to have some standard knowledge of the apartment you are going to live in. ...it applies also for Spain... and probably any country :D Jumping into a time machine, taking us almost two years back, when we moved to Lisbon with Swag N or…

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I met Scandinavians

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu 9 kuukautta sitten

I was super duper excited to meet people from the North a while a go, when I participated in a business meeting abroad. Excitement overload - reunite with the blondes.Long story short. I was astonished of the way people behaved. The Nordic people claim that the Southern people are slow and nothing…

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My not so Portuguese neighbourhood

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu 9 kuukautta sitten

I live in the very heart of Lisbon, however my neighborhood is the least Portuguese place in town. Welcome to small India! Dont take me wrong, I really enjoy living here. Not so many years ago, this centrally located neighborhood was one of the worst neighborhoods to live in. Even today, when I…

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Different personalities in…

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu 10 kuukautta sitten

It is actually true. I was not sure whether to define it as, language-personality or culture-personality change. Language is part of culture and therefore I thought it was proper to define it as culture personality.I noticed this personality change when I was living in Spain. First I thought it was…

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Visit to the emergency - Portuguese…

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu 10 kuukautta sitten

We were supposed to have a nice sunny Saturday, slow brekkie, thesis (uff), lunch and then off to the park to read our books (in Portuguese!!). However, Nik slit his finger with a knife. Fiskars knives are efficient - we know now.So off we went to the nearest hospital. Literally 200 meters from our…

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Portuguese manners for a beginner

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu 10 kuukautta sitten

Surprisingly, the Portuguese are like the Finns. Closed people who do not want to make too much noise. Note: Does not apply when drunk. On neither one.Working in Portugal has been the closest thing to culture exposure. I also studied (still do) at the University of Lisbon. However, the kids and the…

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Momentos que valem

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu 10 kuukautta sitten

After six months in Lisbon, I was more than happy to spend social time with friends. As said, I do not have many friends in Lisbon. I can count them with one hand. Either I am anti-social, there is a lack of same age girls/guys or the world is against me. Go figure. Nevertheless Finland visits turn…

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I am home

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu 10 kuukautta sitten

It is always a treat to come back to Finland. Time makes memories golden and all that. SLAP. SLAP. SLAPPETISLAP. Love my friends and the near and dear that stand close and support. The rest is like someone SLAPPED you with a leather glove in the face. Putting the trouble aside, blaming its normal…

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The weather forecast in Lisbon: Ice…

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu 11 kuukautta sitten

When you have nothing to say but there is the risk of an awkward silence, we usually speak about the weather. It is THE topic. No matter where you are. It is sunny, it is cold, it looks like it´s going to rain, uff the cold. As I have had a radio silence the past weeks, I will take up the…

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A São Martinho get together

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu vuosi sitten

Last Friday we celebrated São Martinho at work. In general, the Portuguese are very settle celebrators. At least in Lisbon. I have heard that in other parts of Portugal, especially the North, the people go all festive on certain days. But Lisbon, tsirp tsirp (its a cricket). When I lived in Spain…

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How living abroad made me patriotic

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu vuosi sitten

My personal pride of being Finnish (and recognizing other Finns abroad with a “Moi”) has increased from floor level through the roof. It´s hilarious. When we lived in Finland we couldn´t wait to move abroad. Get away from this tiny country, which is not “in” or even considered to be on…

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What is your favorite word?

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu vuosi sitten

It sounds nerdy, but being a polyglot has thought me that there are some very nice words out there.Some people like accents, others like words and others like the way someone talks. The way we express our selves verbally is actually pretty interesting. I have never been the accent person, I am not…

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Ericeira state of mind

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu vuosi sitten

We escaped Lisbon this weekend. Its funny how we have been in Portugal for almost 1,5 years and we have literally been nowhere... Theres no time, no resources, too expensive, too lazy etcetera. Its easy to come up with reasons.However, this particular weekend some Finnish friends were at Ericeira.

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I am a Dancer

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu vuosi sitten

It surprises me how many dancers travel to Lisbon to learn how to dance or study dancing. Last Summer the parking lot in front of Jazzy Dance Studios (the biggest and most known dance school in Lisbon) was crowded with caravans. The location is absolutely perfect, its physically on the brink of Rio…

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Outono = PSL e Dia das Bruxas

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu vuosi sitten

Omg, it arrived. The fall. I was not sure how long I would be able to take the pressing heat. It is actually nice to have some semi fresh air in the lungs. I said semi fresh because it is nothing compared to the Northern fresh air. Fall is my favorite time of the year.Lunch walkVertical…

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Sweet Student Life Lisbon

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu vuosi sitten

I got you there, didn't I? Most universities will eat your soul. I read somewhere (read: Marketeer) and I am not sure if I remember correctly (read: I lost the magazine) that Portugal invites about 10 000 exchange students this fall. Or invited already, since I am late to talk about this…

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To Be A Young Employee

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Julkaistu vuosi sitten

Sometimes sad life realities slap you in the face. Sometimes you feel like a palhaso (clown) or a pineapple. And sometimes you are bigger person.

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Jag tycker että me could jantar…

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu vuosi sitten

Once upon a time I ordered penis soup, thought of having asshole cheese and mixed five languages in a perfectly normal sentence (for myself).

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Jag tycker että me could jantar…

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu vuosi sitten

When I see the word polyglot I instantly think of the green monster in Monsters Inc. Sounds like a small monster, a language monster. Maybe I am.There are several good and several bad things of being a multilingual person. I did not choose to become one, it happened to me and I decided to feed it…

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To be a young employee

Mirtilo Finlandês
Julkaistu vuosi sitten

A pineapple, literally what I feel like atm. I said I will not say anything about work. I lied. I am still in the mode of “smile and wave”, but inside I feel like a palhaço (clown). I am not going to lash out, but just tell you how it is hard to be dancing on roses for anyone who is considered…

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