After a weekend of carnaval celebrations I thought I had seen it all. But last night a mosquito decided to keep me company for the night. I was unable to catch it and went to sleep completely covered under my blanket. Though this did not stop the mosquito from sucking my blood. Normally in the … More Mosquito bait
When I came to Madeira the completely different natural beauty here overwhelmed me a bit, but the island never gave me a huge culture shock. Of course many things are different than in the Netherlands (like time management, yoghurt consumption and annual rainfall) and I definitely needed some time to settle in, but only this … More A new experience
What stood out in lasts weeks activities was by far the beginning of the Carnival. Though I did not go to Funchal on Friday and participate in the transvestite night. I did go and watch the parade on Saturday. The Carnival parade is by far the most impressive parade I have ever seen. You can only … More Carnival
Time is a cultural measuring tool. It doesn’t feel like a coincidence, but since I came to Madeira the clocks that I use the most; my phone, the one in the top right corner of my computer and my wristwatch, have started to tell slightly different times. I haven’t bothered synchronizing them yet since it … More Time gaps and lost minutes:
Few days ago we went to the beach in order to use the maximum of the resources that Madeira has to offer.It was warm and sunny weather,perfect for chilling. The water was not that warm but we did not care.There was an old lady walking around and looking at me.She just smiled and went in … More The reason for lady’s smile
The omnipresent ocean is no reason to feel any fear. For a proper Dutchie like me it is the mountains I should watch out for. Anastasia tells me, “You look pale through your tan.” We are registering at the Funchal Hospital and the next thing we know we are sitting in an over-crowded waiting room … More My Portuguese Hospital Experience
A few days ago we’ve had an organized walking tour through Fanal, but when we’ve reached the place where we had to start our walk, the tour was canceled because of the weather conditions. On our way home, the bus stopped at several places where we had a chance to see some really amazing landscapes … More Continues….