When dreams come true

Sometimes I have to explain to people that I have grown up in a extraordinarily beautiful island, so I’m very spoiled when comes to natural beauty. I’m also very attached to water. So one of my lifelong dreams was to someday stay in a overwater bungalow. And since that’s such a romantic scenario, would also be fitted to a very special occasion, like honeymoon. So it came the day that I could afford the extravaganza and also have a perfect occasion for it. There are only two places in the world where that’s available and you can actually swim away from your room: Tahiti and Maldives. After some research, the wilderness of – and distance to – the Maldives won. With the help of TripAdvisor, we selected our destination: Gili Lankanfushi, a resort well rated in many areas like environmentally conscious, food, service and all. So there we went, for 10 days. I was aware of the No News, No Shoes motto, which was also introduced to us in the boat going from Male Airport to Gili, where our shoes were packed in a little recycled bag. We decided to take it a bit further: no computers, no phones, no heart rate monitor, no watches, no books, no kindle. Nothing that could mean controlling, scheduling, expectations. Even if I took a book, I would feel like I should read it. I decided that I would do what I was feeling at the moment, and if that meant to read a book, I was also aware there is a copy of Robinson Crusoe book at every villa. And if I was going to exercise, I would do it for enjoyment, not for counting burned calories.

The arrival was incredible. The day was perfect, a few clouds but with the sun shinning over those amazing shades of blue, my reaction was to exclaim: “It’s true!” We all know those places that look perfect in pictures, but then when you get there you find they have enhanced the colors or used angles to appear to have more space. Not Gili. All the beautiful pictures were an exact replica of this calm paradise. We were received by Brad – who said my reaction was one of the best he ever heard, Ibrahin and Aboo, which was our Mr Friday. Aboo took us on a little golf car to tour around the island – which has about 600x200m size, but packed with spa, 2 restaurants, 1 bar, 44 villas, pool, organic herbs and vegetable garden. But I was eager to see our villa. I have looked at the map and disposition of the villas previously, and I wanted to be facing the ocean. I was informed that would conflict with my wish to swim around the villa because that area is shallow, but I decided the sound of the waves would make up for it. And I could have seen it all in pictures, but seeing it live when the door was open and Aboo announced “Welcome to your new home” was amazing.
Our villa deck

We received a welcome set of refreshments with iced tea and champagne, but I just couldn’t wait to change and just take a dip. There is no reception, it’s all done in your villa, checking documents, cards and all, and we were left to enjoy and explore. And of course, the first thing to do is to try the water!
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It was hard to believe. The first night, awaken by jet leg, I went outside and laid down in the hammock, watching the moon, the stars, listening the waves. I was so profoundly happy. Next day I woke up early and took a yoga session, a great way to start the day by the gentle sun and breeze. Then, off to breakfast! Unlimited combinations of any fruit juices you can imagine – Hector became quite found of mixing fruits and ginger – or eggs, sushi, english breakfast, pastries and all.
Breakfast

The food is just amazing. It was one of the items most cited by reviewers at TripAdvisor, but most people just say it’s great. Looking at the website, I saw they had their own herb garden, and I thought that anyone who had that must know the great difference it makes to a dish to add just a few fresh spices. After several days, I was a fan of the chef John Bakker. There is a different theme for every lunch and dinner: Lebanese, Mexican, European, Asian, Maldivian. The Asia Street Market night was amazing. Everything was well presented, and cooked perfectly, so his staff must be great as well. But the creativity which each plate had captivated me. Playing with so many things: herbs, coconut, chillies, ginger, fruits. I was in heaven. So much I decided if there was a creation menu worth trying, it must be here. And I was right, we had the Chef’s Degustation Dinner at the Wine Cellar and it was one of the most amazing meals of my life. I had to meet the chef and express my admiration, and ask for his Pomegranate & Pineapple salad recipe – which he sent me later, thank you Chef!

Another reason to select Gili Lankanfushi was the mention to being ecologically conscious. We were up for even more surprises. All the water is produced in the island via desalinisation, which is an expensive process. But you have plenty of water available, still or sparkling! All the water bottles are glass and refilled, and later struck me I didn’t see any plastic at all during my time there. We move around in bikes, as most of the guests and hots. The marine biologist gives talks twice a week about the reefs and the best practices around – he probably would be happy to know we didn’t buy any coral souvenirs, just gorgeous wooden vases. The results were the amazing fauna around us. Our villa were particularly eventful. We had what I called it our coral garden, small sets of corals right by our deck. When you look underwater with the snorkel, you see each one is actually effervescent with more than a hundred of little fishes munching around.
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And that’s the best part of being so ecologically conscious. We felt like we were truly integrated to the environment, causing minimum disturbance to their lives. The reward was seeing not just the tiny fishes, but big puffer fishes, baby sharks (yes, baby sharks! harmless), stingrays, plus so many other fishes I can’t name all. Blue, yellow, black and white, grey, with dots or stripes. It was a sad comparison with the place were I went snorkelling for the first time (Retiro dos Frades, Bombinhas) and felt in love with it, to return to the same place less than 7 years later to find plastic bags have replaced the colourful fishes in there. But at Gili, it was all there. We found out that our privacy water garden, below the shower, was also the fishes’ spa: the 3 big puffer fishes were there all day long while little blue fishes would clean then, and frequently joined by others “clients”. We had one fish that was farming algae in our deck stairs. He didn’t like no one passing by it, being that fishes or us, and would always leave a little nudge in our feet to let us know. We had the visit of a heron a couple of days. I’ve also seen what I assumed was an eel living in one of the corals. One morning I sat down in front of the coral to watch the fishes, which was simple due the low tide. Then I notice that the eel was coming out of the coral and seemed very interested in me, but it had a little mouth and some teeth. As she was getting closer, and we have been informed that animals usually are not that curious, I prefer to give her more space. Later visiting the Dive Center and looking at pictures, I found out it was actually a baby moray! To be more specific, a Pepper Moray Eel. So I made a good guess leaving her alone. I have probably sat down too close from where she was, and in the low tide she could not easily move away. And that’s also part of a experience of being a good guest into their habitat – don’t disturb the animals, just observe.

The staff is also another great area where many commenters of TripAdvisor take note. They are always helpful, always cheerful. It’s of course their job, but reading the behind the scenes notes you see how many people are actually involved into making paradise function. Gili reports to employ 300 hosts, investing in local communities and schools to employ mainly Maldivians. They seem particularly attached to football, specially during the first days where they were preparing for a match against the team of Male, which they won by 11×2 (if I remember correctly). The manager mention to us they have invested a few millions to renovate the hosts village, with a state of the art football pitch. Later I found that in case of tsunami, everybody would run to the hosts village, which has higher buildings (and here I’m thinking we would be put into boats and sail away into ocean…). And the staff there seems happy. So it also felt good spending money in a place where treats their staff well.

After a few days resting and engaging in one of my favourite activities – doing nothing – we started to move around. We’ve been to a few yoga sessions. We snorkelled around, we went kayaking. But best of all, we went scuba diving. Then you have even more appreciation for the resort’s environmental care. We saw turtles! Peacefully napping and observing us, until getting tired of us and swimming away. Underwater is truly a parallel universe, so much life, so colorful, so eventful! We went swimming around hundreds of Blue Fin Triggerfish, and I’ve met my favourites, the Red Big Eye fish. They look amazing underwater. Oh, and an unlikely sight of a shark :) usually they stay in the lagoon, not in the reefs. But I was lucky! And hooked. I would have taken a lot more dives if I haven’t committed the newbies sin: underestimate the air conditioning. With a cold, no diving :( at least I had snorkelling!

Then enter one of my holiday heroes, Dr Rajesh. I first met him on my third day when my food indulgence and my sensible stomach weren’t getting along. A couple of pills and I was new. The second time was when my coughing was really annoying, and again he was there to my rescue.

When I got the cold, coughing and a bit miserable because I couldn’t go scuba diving, I realized the answer to a question I’ve had in my mind for a few days. Even in paradise, with such nice and helpful staff, with amazing food and nature, it was clear some people were not happy. And I kept wondering, how can you be stressed in a place like this? Well, let me tell you, that day when I was coughing, banned from scuba and realizing there were only a few days left, I was so grumpy I think I had a little cloud over my head. And everything seemed to annoy me or be wrong. Too hot, too windy, not wind enough, food doesn’t taste so good anymore. It’s hard to control it, specially in the fast pacing life we live today. But then I decided to reach to the holistic specialist in residence, Sommai, and an acupuncture session put me back on track. Meditation is also such a wonderful tool. It was a big lesson for me that I hope to continue to exercise – if you carry that little black cloud over your head, it will rain everywhere…

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Gladily, I was in this little paradise called Gili Lankanfushi. There was also a never ending surprising amenities. Like special after sun shampoo and conditioner, or aloe vera gel, wonderfully soothing the skin after a day under the sun and water. Upon learning about my cold, Aboo and the spa manager sent me the ginger tea I was becoming addicted, along with nice fruits and honey. The resort also has a local timezone, one hour ahead of Male, so sunrise is at 7am, not 6am, and you enjoy more the sun! Being honeymooners, we got a little chocolate wedding cake that didn’t survive long enough for pictures – I swear it was the best chocolate cake ever! We also got a Dolphin cruise, to see little dolphins come by the lagoon by sunset. We only spend one morning by the pool, where we were pampered with nice sorbet tastings. There were the Information and the Nature guides, with infos about everything on the resort and the most likely fishes to see. Everyday we were checking the activities available, the food themes, the time for the high tide to enjoy. There was also TV and Wifi, of course, but those were never used. We rather took on using the iPod and the sound system, sometimes to wake up, sometimes to dance around getting ready for dinner.

And that’s the best part, the memories. The jet lag recovery under the star. The majestic effect the full moon have over the high tide, making the water almost roar around our deck. The little crab that stole one of the lights from the full moon dinner decoration and went running around with it. Our farmer fish, our puffer fish spa clients. Our little dances by the evening. Our tea or napping sessions, enjoying the breeze. The after yoga feeling of being a bit taller. Feeling so incredibly light floating underwater, and swimming with the fishes. Learning the underwater signs to say “everything is good” or “shark” or “turtle”, and using them! Counting stars.

Feeling renewed. Thank you to all the Gili staff. Special thanks to Dr Rajesh for saving my holiday twice. To Aboo for organizing everything for us, for the red apples and the rose petals, and for the moray story! And to Shifau, for always having something new to bring for us to try, always with a smile. And to Andrea from Stopover Reisen, for helping us to make it happen. So long, and thanks for all the fish!

Qt, MeeGo and AppUp – Qt Contributors Summit

I recently attended the Qt Contributors Summit in Berlin, from June 16 to 18, 2011. The unconference was held in the nice Café Moskau, with many room and common areas for chatting. The main focus for the unconference was to talk about the next version of Qt and the definition of an open governance structure, reclaimed by developers for so long.

Lars Knoll opened the discussion about the next version in one of the first sessions. The last major version for Qt – Qt 4 – was launched 6 years ago. The world was a very different place, and users’ expectations now are also different. There was no iPhone or applications store, touch screen was not prominent and social media just starting. Nowadays all this is just basics, and so Qt framework wants to provide easy infrastructure for developers to create applications meeting those expectations. Qt Quick/QML will play a huge role in this scenario – they will have almost the same capabilities and resources as Qt. The intention is to make easier for ‘opportunistic developers’ – those who want to create simple and small applications to monetize – to use Qt. There were many discussions on how to do that, the priorities, but main message – everything is going QML. Pure Qt resources will continue to be available and improved, but QML is expected to be sufficient for most developers. But I invite my friend and consulting resource for QML, Helio Castro, to write more about it.

Another big conversation was the open governance. Community has been asking this for a long time – 11 years to be exactly – and it is finally happening. The governance will be similar to the Linux kernel governance:

This blog post explains it in details – http://labs.qt.nokia.com/2011/05/20/open-governance-roles-and-responsibilities/ – and as I could not do any better, I will leave to the link to explain J there is also a talk – or rather a discussion – held by Thiago Macieira at Qt Developer Days 2010. http://qt.nokia.com/developer/learning/online/talks/developerdays2010/tech-talks/qt-301s-open-governance-model/

I held two sessions: Qt, MeeGo & AppUp Developer Program and – due the interest raised in this session – MeeGo Application development store.

In the first session, several developers seemed please to find out AppUp is a perfect channel for open source applications to reach mass users on Windows desktops. As Qt is a multi-platform, there are a huge number of Qt applications also available for Windows, but no efficient distribution channel. AppUp is this channel, offering the possibility to distribute open source applications with the source code. When you upload your application, you can choose between several open source licenses, and if you do so, you are required to submit also your SRPM source code package. And your application will be available not only on AppUp, but also on many applications store powered by AppUp. One of the most recent examples is Dixons KnowHow store, pre-installed in netbooks being sold by one of the largest retailers in UK and Ireland. But I shall go into further details in a future post, with screenshots and examples.

During this session, there were many questions on MeeGo application development environment. So we scheduled another session for the next day to talk about the resources and the community to support it. The first place to look at is the main wiki page for MeeGo Apps. Conversations about MeeGo application development are happening in the MeeGo community mailing list and the main #meego irc channel hosted on Freenode. To help developers to package their applications, there is a community OBS server – OpenSuse Building System. For open source applications, developers can request an account for free and submit their code. To host the source code in a collaborative way, MeeGo suggests Gitorious, where developers can also create an account for free.

On the wiki page, you can find the guidelines for packaging applications for Meego, as well as information about the QA process. When one application is submitted to testing, the community can test and rate it. Long story short, if an application has been tested enough and is approved, it will be available in the community repository. You can find more information in the documentation ahead. I’m still learning the process myself, so I can submit more information later.

And overall, was an extremely well planned and awesome event. And even so it was an unconference, the conversations in the hallway still provide many great opportunity and insights. I’ve learn about several great projects, like QML 3D and Gluon, both of with deserve their own blog posts. I also hope the developer present there appreciate our efforts on bringing ClubMate to the unconference – even if that meant empting Germany’s supply that week! And I would like to thank Alexandra Leisse for the amazing job organizing everything – you literally rock! Seriously, you people need to hear her singing…

I shall declare Mondays the Blogging day for me, and hope you all enjoy some of the reports. If you have any suggestions on what subject you would like to see more of, leave your suggestion!

Location, location…

Eu havia afirmado antes que o twitter matou meu blog. Mas depois de pensar bem, eu acho que minha vida offline matou meu blog… este blog que já viu dias melhores de 300 visitas diárias em média – o que sempre me pareceu estranho para um blog tão aleatório – tem poucas dezenas de teimosos readers e visitas ocasionais vindas de alguma busca. Há muito tempo passei a preferir a vida offline, mas acho minha vida offline demasiado tediosa para comentar. Ainda quero terminar vários drafts sobre meus lugares preferidos de São Paulo e Londres, mas isto é outra conversa…

Mas para atualizar, me mudei novamente. Deixei a cinzenta e cosmopolita Londres pela verde e alemã Munique. Na verdade uma cidadezinha ao lado de Munique, Haar, a 10 minutos do escritório da Intel em Feldkirchen, também do lado de Munique. Sei meia dúzia de palavras em alemão, mas pelo que vejo o sotaque manezinho vai me ajudar na pronúncia – aquele R que sai rasgando a garganta, o s chiando. Aliás, o sotaque manezinho, assim como o carioca, pode não ser o melhor para a pronúncia americana, mas para a pronúncia britânica, para o espanhol e o alemão ajudam muito. Depois de mais um brasileiro me dizer há poucos dias que eu falo como ‘uma gringa que fala português muito bem’, estou me esforçando para falar mais em português, e menos o portunhol que falamos aqui em casa. Sempre tive esta tendência de pegar o sotaque, fosse o sotaque paranaense quando morei em Foz do Iguaçu aos 10 anos, por dois anos antes de voltar correndo pra Floripa, fosse dos companheiros de universidade. Para aprender pronúncia é ótimo, mas já tenho que parar para pensar ao formular uma frase inteira em português, o que é meio bizarro. Então vou me esforçar em escrever e pensar mais em português…

Mas com a segunda mudança internacional em menos de dois anos, acho que posso dar meus pitacos sobre aqueles que pensam, sonham ou querem mudar de país, por alguns anos ou permanentemente. Já que várias pessoas sempre me perguntam a respeito e pedem dicas, resolvi escrever este post. Se está com preguiça de ler, a versão curta e primeira dica é: vale a pena, mas é muito mais difícil do que você imagina.

Quando eu consegui minha primeira mudança para Londres, foi justamente no meio da ‘crise'[1]. Todo mundo me dizia que seria impossível, inclusive meu chefe, quatro meses antes de me perguntar se eu ainda estava interessada… então meu conselho é: ouça conselhos, mas tome todos com uma pitada de sal. Tem gente que vai te dizer que é impossível, que é horrível, que não vale a pena. Não sei se alguem vai te dizer que é fácil, mas mesmo que te digam tudo o que for, se você realmente quiser, você pode fazer acontecer.

Não vou falar aqui dos caminhos ilegais, está claro. Também não acho necessário falar sobre quem tem dupla cidadania, porque pode ir e vir sem muitos problemas. Vou falar da minha experiência de ter um único passaporte brasileiro e ir com a cara e a coragem. Também só posso me restringir a falar da área de tecnologia – você pode vir estudar, e com visto de estudante e tem direito a trabalhar por 20 horas, quem sabe consegue um estagio que pode levar a uma contratação e visto permanente, mas como não tive esta experiência, não posso ajudar…

Pouca gente sabe que quando aceitei o trabalho na Intel, também tive uma oferta da RedHat na Inglaterra. Ambos eram trabalhos muito bacanas, mas a Intel me abria uma área muito diferente, além de transformar meu voluntariado na comunidade open source em trabalho pago. Foi uma decisão muito difícil, porque significava também deixar a área de adminstração de sistemas, mas fui com a cara e a coragem. Além de ter sido uma experiência excelente, dois anos depois acabei indo para a Inglaterra de qualquer maneira. Como mencionei, não foi uma transferência fácil. Passei bastante tempo martelando na cabeça do meu chefe que eu gostaria de ir para a Europa, mas em meio a crise, a possibilidade era quase inexistente. Até que apareceu uma vaga onde precisavam de alguém que tivesse experiência técnica e comercial, falar não apenas com os desenvolvedores mas com executivos das empresas, e para open source. Mesmo que tivessem me dito que não em um primeiro momento, eu sabia que profissionais com este perfil, ainda mais dispostos a viajarem frequentemente, dar palestras, escrever documentação e tudo, não nascem em árvore. Então eu esperei, e conforme minhas previsões, alguns meses depois, a vaga continuava aberta. E então apareceu minha chance…

Segunda dica: se você tem um diferencial, pode ser mais raro, mas vai aparecer uma oportunidade que pouca gente pode preencher. Então você terá uma carta muito valiosa na negociação. Encontre o seu diferencial.

Porém todo o entusiasmo e a busca pela transferência entregaram o quanto eu queria a mudança. Isto em tempos de crise também deu a empresa uma vantagem: meu pacote de realocação foi resumido ao visto de trabalho. Tive que desembolsar e me virar para encontrar apto e pagar a mudança. O apartamento nem foi problema, porque hoje vejo que é muito melhor pegar o dinheiro e buscar por mim mesma que usar serviços de agências contratadas. Mas foi uma baita grana. O trabalho também era menor do que o que eu tinha feito antes, e tive que me acomodar a descer um degrau e voltar a dar suporte e escrever documentação.

Terceira dica: é extremamente difícil, por todos que conheço que conseguiram realocação, manter o mesmo nível profissional. Você provavelmente vai ter que descer um degrau, se é você que está correndo atrás e não a empresa que precisa que você vá.

Encontrei um ambiente informal, descontraído, com todos vindos do mundo open source. Foram dois anos muito divertidos, que possibilitaram que depois de quase quatro anos namorando a distância, Hector e eu pudéssemos morar juntos. Passeamos, conhecemos muitos lugares, fomos a Paris… mas o dinheiro não possibilitava o mesmo estilo de vida. Um apartamento de 45m2 custava 1300 libras ao mes. E isto porque eu tinha condições de pagar isto – muita gente dividia apartamentos com 6 pessoas para pagar 300 libras ao mês em lugares que ficavam pelo menos a uma hora de trem do centro de Londres. Tivessemos ido morar em algum lugar fora de Londres, seria mais fácil, mas então para que eu tinha me mudado?

Quarta dica: não se engane com o valor do salário, não converta em reais. Procure o custo de aluguel, do leite, da carne, do pão. Da cerveja também, mas neste caso valeu muito a pena :)

Morei perto de Canary Wharf, um dos corações capitalistas do mundo. É um universo paralelo, onde estão os bancos, a sede da Reuters e outras coisas. Existe um site de trabalhos ali que oferece salários exorbitantes – de 150 a 300 mil libras por ano para programadores. Muita gente ali ganha 500 libras por hora, advogados, stock brokers. Mas não se engane, estes contratos implicam que se você cometer um erro no programa e o banco perder alguns milhões, você é responsável por estes milhões. Você também não terá vida além do trabalho. Por isto existem muitas vagas abertas, a imensa maioria não aguenta muitos anos nisto, faz por algum tempo para fazer um pé de meia e volta para a vida normal. Mas se você está interessado…

Quinta dica: o site é http://www.efinancialcareers.co.uk/

Na Inglaterra existem muitos eventos e grupos de usuários organizando conferências. Para mencionar poucas, existem a UKUPA(user experience e design),  BSides UK(segurança), BarCampLondon, GeekGirlDinner, e claro, varios MeetUps dos grupos de Meego. Se submeter a vagas por sites é muito pouco produtivo, a imensa maioria das vagas são preenchidas por indicações internas. Então fazer networking é fundamental.

Sexta dica: se puder, busque e atenda eventos de tecnologia.

Setima dica: seja direto.

Uma das primeiras coisas que tive que aprender quando comecei a trabalhar com estrangeiros, quando estava no Brasil ainda, foi a ser direta. Para nós parece falta de educação, mas a quantidade de preâmbulo você tem que fazer com muitos estrangeiros é infinitamente menor do que estamos acostumados. Eles preferem que você vá direto ao ponto, não se preocupe em perguntar da família, do papagaio e do time de futebol, um ‘oi tudo bem, eu gostaria de pedir…’ é suficiente. Depende da cultura, claro: semana passada em uma reunião com um colega de trabalho italiano, levamos 20 minutos para começar a falar do objetivo da reunião… foi muito bom exercitar o lado latino, mas dificilmente funcionaria com um americano, inglês ou alemão. Pelo contrário, eles desconfiariam com tanta enrolação.

A Intel tem na sua cultura incentivar as pessoas a mudarem de trabalho de tempos em tempos. A lógica por trás disto é que depois que você domina um trabalho, é natural do ser humano começar a se sentir entediado e o desempenho cai. E como estou sempre pisando no acelerador, esta fase vem muito cedo pra mim. E assim apareceu uma oportunidade – novamente, uma necessidade específica, alguem com conhecimentos tecnicos e comerciais, mas especialmente para Meego. Mas incluía mudar de país – denovo. Porém o grupo parecia interessante, o projeto desafiante – levantar a AppUp, especialmente promovendo a submissão de apps para Meego. (A propósito, você sabia que pode ganhar 500 dólares se sua app para Meego for uma das 100 primeiras a serem disponibilizadas? E que as 10 melhores ganham mais 1000 dólares? Veja em http://appdeveloper.intel.com/en-us/submit-early ).

Então, lá fomos nós novamente… e a qualidade de vida que encontrei está sendo maravilhosa. Londres é fantástica, mas o tempo este ano estava sendo terrível. Nos dois primeiros meses do ano, vi o sol dois dias – apenas dois dias em dois meses. Não sei se era o efeito psicológico de saber que estava indo embora e então admitir o que me fazia falta, mas era deprimente. Aqui em Munique, o céu azul da Bavária tem se apresentado todos os dias. A comida da cantina da Intel é a melhor de todas as cantinas Intel que já experimentei, então não preciso me preocupar em cozinhar e tenho escolhas saudáveis a disposição.

Mas a fama de péssima comida em Londres para mim é injustificada. É porque somos muito privilegiados no Brasil e não nos damos conta – no Brasil cada esquina tem um buffett de comida a quilo, comida bem temperada e variada. Em Londres é outra coisa, almoço é um sanduíche com um pacotinho de batata frita ou sopa ou salada. Porém existem bons lugares para comprar um sanduíche, e outros que você vai comer comida com gosto de papelão. Eu pessoalmente gostava muito do Pret a Manger e do Pod. Mas se você quer comer comida mesmo, deixe de preguiça: vá cozinhar. Eu comi arroz e feijão muitos dias, preparando no fim de semana e fazendo alguma carne e legumes de manhã cedo. Fazer uma refeição descente em um restaurante não sai por menos de 20 libras – sendo bastante otimista. Então se você não vai se candidatar a vagas lá em Canary Wharf, prepare-se para cozinhar.

Oitava dica: pare de reclamar e vá cozinhar.

E por último, pense bem no seu objetivo de vida. O meu muda frequentemente – não achei que o sol, verde, natureza iam me fazer tanta falta. Estou felicíssima em um apto com jardinzinho, longe do burburinho urbano. Mas muitos dos meus colegas fazem questão de morar no centro, e comparado com Londres, em Munique dá pra morar de boa. Assim, na hora de escolher qual país exatamente se encaixa pense não apenas nos museus, pubs e teatros de Londres, ou na Oktoberfest de Munique. Pense no dia a dia, levantar de manhã, enfrentar transito ou transporte público, almoçar, jantar, fim de semana.

E se tiver o espirito aventureiro como eu, se jogue que a vida leva…

Acho que ainda tem assunto, mas por hoje chega, reviso segunda feira…

[1]A proposito, alguem reparou que no ano da ‘marolinha’, a economia retrocedeu em 2009? link Eu nunca vi nenhum anúncio sobre isto, só agora… mas enfim, que continue expandindo e que o pibão se mantenha.

Do outro lado do mar…

Despedidas

Vou durmir e despois despertar do outro lado, do outro lado do mar
Vou fechar os meus ollos e estar do outro lado, do outro lado do mar

Vou escoitar despedidas que quedan prendidas nos brazos do vento
Vou lembrar mil historias de amor sumerxidas no fondo do mar

Vou durmir e despois despertar do outro lado, do outro lado do mar…

Três anos atrás, em uma viagem memorável, visitei a Galícia. Um dos pontos altos do evento foi um show de grupo de música galega Da Outra Margem. As músicas eram lindas, divertidas, o show foi fantástico. Porém uma música me marcou muito, esta acima. Conversei com o cantor e autor da música, Luis Lechuga, que algum tempo depois me enviou o mp3. Esta música fala muito para quem como eu tinha um oceano de distância com a pessoa amada. E é engraçado que muitas vezes pensei em blogar esta música em uma das viagens sobre este oceano, mas algo acontecia e eu sempre esquecia. E curiosamente, esta vai ser a última viagem sobre este oceano que fazemos separados… :)