Portugal, a Nation of Desenrascados?

There are a few words that help explain Portuguese culture. One of them is saudade, a word that’s considered to be untranslatable but the closest interpretation is a feeling of longing. You can feel saudade for anything: a different time, a person, a relationship you once had. You can even feel saudade for something that … Read more

Kudeejeen: Exploring Bangkok’s Portuguese Neighbourhood

I first visited Bangkok back in 2016 and probably walked very close to the Portuguese neighbourhood of Kudeejeen without even realising it. It wasn’t until after I left Bangkok that I realised there was this little slice of Portugal hidden in the Thai capital.  In 2019, I had the chance to go back to Bangkok … Read more

Olivenza: The Portuguese Town That’s in Spain

Drive over the bridge that crosses the Guadiana River, the river that separates Portugal and Spain, and you’ll be greeted with a sign welcoming you to Spain. Like the hundreds of other signs that are dotted along the Spanish border, it’s a blue sign with the word “España” surrounded by 12 gold stars: the EU … Read more

What is Saudade?

Saudade is a Portuguese word that’s often described as untranslatable but, open a bottle of wine with a Portuguese friend and, they’ll happily try to explain it to you. The truth is that saudade can’t be translated into a singular English word, but that doesn’t mean we can’t explain it in a few English words. … Read more

Portuguese Baby Names: Naming Your Child the Portuguese Way

Choosing a baby name is hard, but choosing to give your baby a Portuguese name will make your name a lot easier. Why? Because there are only so many Portuguese names to choose from. If you’ve spent any amount of time in Portugal, or you have Portuguese heritage, you’ll notice names like João, Maria, Tiago, … Read more

Portuguese Music: 12 Singers & Bands Worth Listening to

Outside of Portugal, Portuguese music is relatively unknown and it can be difficult to know which singers and bands you should listen to. This list will get you started. It’s by no means exhaustive, but it covers artists and bands from a wide variety of genres including pop, hip hop, dance, heavy metal, and, of … Read more

Pimba: Portugal’s Fun & Often Raunchy Music Genre

You’ve probably heard of Fado. You might have even gone to see a Fado performance while you were in Portugal. Fado is an important traditional style of music in Portugal, and a part of Portugal’s cultural heritage. It’s so important that UNESCO have recognised Fado under the category of World’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.  Pimba, on the … Read more

Lisbon in London: A look at London’s Little Portugal Neighbourhood

Little Portugal is the nickname given to an area in South London that’s known for its large Portuguese community. Some people say Little Portugal is in Stockwell, others say Vauxhall. Those things mightn’t matter if you’re not from London, but to Londoners the distinction is important: it’s better to be from Vauxhall than it is … Read more

A Guide to Christmas in Portugal

Christmas in Portugal is a unique experience. For some people, particularly those that come from very cold parts of the world, it doesn’t feel Christmasy enough. For others, the ability to walk outside and even get a little Vitamin D is a real Christmas miracle. The more and more time I spend here, the more … Read more