byRaDe

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byRaDe
byRaDe observes and writes about the many, small, big, fun, awkward, obvious, hidden, everyday differences that are so there when living in another culture. byRaDe is a Swedish expat wife and mother residing in Cascais, Portugal
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  • 2017-03-19 Getting ready 6 days ago There really is nothing that keeps a woman busy like meeting up with her lady friends. Oh I’m not saying men don’t, I’m just gonna go out on a limb here and say this is an aspect in which I’d say the gender difference is probably and for real huge. If nothing else I can … Continue reading...
  • 2017-03-12 Coffee 1 week ago So, coffee is normally a differentiator of culture. And it is here too. Coffee is verbally taken and not drunk and it is indeed taken quickly and not in longer sessions. Maybe it is a southern culture kind of thing more than particularly Portuguese but the tendency here is definitely to go for...
  • 2017-03-08 Symbols 2 weeks ago So, here, boys are silly and girls play with dolls. I am not saying this is a typically Portuguese thing, but I am saying that being Swedish and being abroad makes it real obvious how gender equality is a part of the Swedish soul. And it’s the symbols that make the difference. The symbols that...
  • 2017-03-05 Vests 2 weeks ago So when buying a new car here, you get some stuff included in your purchase. Like a spare wheel, a warning triangle, an instruction book, you know, the things you’d think. But I did lift an eyebrow when seeing that also a yellow reflex vest was included in the start up kit. What could possibly...
  • 2017-02-26 Carnival 3 weeks ago So in Portugal Carnival is celebrated, and as in Rio it’s a happy celebration, a party of music, dancing and parading in festive, colourful, imaginative costumes and masks. The party goes on for a couple of weeks and kids are off from school to take part in the celebrations. The festivity has...

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