domingo, outubro 30, 2016


Halloween is here again. The children in the complex went trick-or-treat. Because we live in reasonable high towers we spent a lot of time in the lift :-) It was good to see so many children dressed up.
At the same time, many are celebrating Diwali. Their windows are full of colourful lights and the doors are beautifully adorned.
It's great to live in such lively fusion of cultures.

terça-feira, outubro 18, 2016

the change

One of the things we were longing for was the good weather. We do love Scotland, and Edinburgh will always be "home", but did welcome sunshine and heat (a lot of heat!9 after 10 years of cold weather.
We have been going out most days, either to the swimming pool or to the local park right in front of us, or a walk after dinner to see the fountains show near Burj Kalifa. The outdoor life has been great. But being over 30 ºC everyday, makes you forget that it is fall in other parts of the world.  I was getting very intrigued why the prices of some fruits (peaches and plums) have suddenly went up. Yesterday I had my moment of clarity and realised that, despite the great weather here, peaches are no longer in season!

domingo, outubro 16, 2016


Some memories

(from my instagram account)


So many things have happened in the last months.

Mid July we head off to Portugal for the summer holidays. The boys had a blast of a time with all the family. Grannies were superb looking after them (thank you) while we started a new adventure. I went back to Edinburgh to finish work and get the flat ready to rent, while  P flew to Dubai to start his new job!
Exciting times.
I was lucky enough to get  a few days in Portugal with the boys, family and friends before moving the family to the middle East.

As any move, there are highs and lows, excitement and fear of the unknown. But here we are in our new life in Dubai.

Our blog is no longer "our adventure in Scotland", but rather our "adventure in the World". That’s what we are, citizens of the world.

More to follow anon.

terça-feira, agosto 02, 2016


We were 17...
We were so young and in love.

We are older (much older) but still in love, or even more in love.
Thank you😍😍😘😘👨‍❤‍💋‍👨👫👨‍👩‍👧‍👦

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domingo, julho 03, 2016

quinta-feira, junho 30, 2016

Last day of P1

Primary one finished this morning. I can't believe how much he has learned. He had a wonderful teacher that "is ever so nice" in his own words. Lots of friends will be missed once we move to the new school. I have also made some fantastic friends at this school and I feel a bit sad by saying goodbye to such a nice school and people.
Today was the first day of many goodbyes

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sábado, junho 25, 2016


Our chat still flows and we still laugh at each other
We are still in love, perhaps even more than 11 years ago.


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sexta-feira, junho 24, 2016


Feeling sad, really sad with these results.
I know Europe is not perfect, but the reasons why people vote to leave are disgusting. This is a Britain I don't recognise and that I don't believe in.
When I looked at the map of the elections, for a few seconds, I felt what possibly most Scots feel towards England.
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quinta-feira, junho 23, 2016


"But mummy, why does the UK do not want to play with the other countries anymore? That's not kind"

Trying to explain a 6 years old about today's referendum is a challenge. All my arguments are for staying as well, but as an immigrant I have no say on this.

I am a bit fed pup with all the anti immigrant comments and I just hope the multicultural values that the UK has will prevail.

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terça-feira, junho 21, 2016

Lost in transition

The next few weeks are going to be chaotic.
Lots and lots of things to do.
A new phase is about to begin. More news anon

segunda-feira, junho 20, 2016

Special visits

It was so good to have them around!

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sábado, junho 04, 2016

2 anos

2 anos, querido Lucas, 2 anos.
Obrigada por nos teres ensinado tanta coisa. Obrigada pelo teu tom carinhoso quando dizes mama/papa e deitas a tua cabeça no nosso ombro, ou o teu sorriso mimado quando o João te dá um beijo de boa noite.
Temos muitos desafios pela frente, mas com serenidade e amor vamos encontrando o equilíbrio.

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sábado, abril 30, 2016

Do tempo

Depois de tantos anos já não deveria reclamar. Mas esta semana foi muito dura, fria, com direito a neve.
Respiro e volto a tentar lembrar me "this too shall pass"

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terça-feira, abril 26, 2016

para confortar

Poema/oração de Santo Agostinho (Sec. IV)

A morte não é nada. 
Apenas passei para o outro mundo.
 Eu sou eu. Tu és tu.
 O que fomos um para o outro ainda o somos.

Dá-me o nome que sempre me

Fala-me como sempre me falaste.

Não mudes o tom para triste ou solene.

Continua a rir com aquilo que nos fazia rir juntos.

Reza, sorri, pensa em mim, reza comigo.

Que o meu nome se pronuncie em casa
 como sempre se pronunciou.

Sem nenhuma ênfase, sem rosto de sombra.

A vida continua a significar o que significou:

continua a ser o que era.

O cordão de união não se quebrou.

Porque estaria eu fora de teus pensamentos, 
apenas porque estou fora da tua vista?

Não estou longe,

Apenas estou do outro lado do caminho.

Já verás, tudo está bem.

Redescobrirás o meu coração, 
e nele redescobrirás a ternura mais pura.

Seca as tuas lágrimas e se me amas,

não chores mais.

domingo, abril 24, 2016

Star dust

E a história repete se, 15 dias depois.

Muitas saudades.

We are all made of star dust.

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