Health and Language Barriers during COVID

On a gloomy August morning, I walked to a public Portuguese clinic armed with my EU residency card, a screenshot of Portuguese Immigration saying my expired card had been temporarily extended, and a letter from Finanças (the Portuguese IRS) confirming my third address change in one year. My purse held prescriptions for several different antibiotics. I … Continue reading Health and Language Barriers during COVID

Shakespeare Wrote King Lear During the Plague: Quarantined in Portugal

When the Western world started to slowly work its way into mandatory quarantine, I saw this meme posted on Facebook: "Shakespeare wrote King Lear while he was quarantined for the plague." My email inbox filled with essays about how to channel your quarantine boredom into a creative output. The BBC published an article about how … Continue reading Shakespeare Wrote King Lear During the Plague: Quarantined in Portugal

Dating in Bangkok and Portugal: From Salsa to Guacamole

When friends back in Asia ask me what the dating scene is like in Portugal, I don't know what to say. Fine? Active? Normal? It's not that I don't see a difference between dates in Bangkok and dates in Porto--I definitely do. It's more that I didn't know how to describe it. Then a friend posted … Continue reading Dating in Bangkok and Portugal: From Salsa to Guacamole