Showing posts from October, 2017

Wildfires in Portugal: An overview

Pray for Portugal has been trending all over social media helping the small southern European country gain global attention. Sadly, wildfires in this part of the world are not new. Fires became a characteristic in the Mediterranean area in a climate one could call a fire-prone environment. There’s no denying that wildfires are crucial for biodiversity, but why did they become more frequent and harder to extinguish in Portugal? Are they natural or human-caused? What are the long-term risks? And what are the solutions?
A brief history of wildfires in Portugal In Portugal, humanity's impact on forests through the use of fire, dates back to the Bronze Age. But, there isn’t a lot of historic documents talking about large wildfires before the 20th century. Silva and Batalha report that the region of Pinhal de Leiria (Leiria National Forest) was affected by several fires between 1818 and 1824, the latter reaching 5,000ha. Also in his work "The Pinhal do Rei", Pinto reports tha…

Sound of the Future in Lisbon Suburbs

Native Instruments is a German company that creates hardware and software for music producers and DJs around the world. The company featured on their YouTube channel a video called "Hyper Beats from the Bairro" showcasing music talents from Lisbon. Among the featured artists was, DJ Marfox, DJ Nigga Fox, DJ Firmeza and DJ Maboku . Each of them spoke about what playing and producing music meant to them and to the people around them.

"I don't know if it's a Lisbon mix or a Europe mixed with Africa. I don't know what it is, I know it's something new.", said DJ Marfox referringg to "the new music" produced in the outskirts of Lisbon.
When it comes to drive and motivation, DJ and producer Nigga Fox said the following, "Knowing that there are people outside of Portugal listening to my music, asking "more, more", you know? That's one of the things that drives me. Someone from China, listening to my music from here...straight fro…

Top 5 Richest People in Portugal

According to an analysis done by Eurostat, Northern Portugal remains one of the poorest regions in the European Union. At the end of 2014, the North had a per capita wealth of 13,900 - 35% less than the European average. However, when it comes to Lisbon, this is not the case. The Portuguese capital is the only region with a per capita wealth exceeding the European average (22,800 euros per capita). The Algarve is the second richest region in Portugal (16,600 euros) followed by Madeira, Açores, Alentejo and the Central Region. 
There’s no doubt that inequality is a serious problem in Portugal. Even with efforts to tax the rich, their fortunes keep growing exponentially. Here are the top 10 richest people in Portugal.
Amorim Family After the death of the billionaire businessman Américo Amorim, his daughter Paula Amorim took charge, becoming the chairman of Galp Energia - the most important oil and gas company in Portugal. The family's wealth is estimated at 3,840,000,000 euros, get…

Photo of the Week

28 October 2017. Matosinhos, Porto Castelo do Queijo Beach located in Matosinhos city, Porto District where the temperatures reached a high of 31° (88 ℉) on Friday. The photo was taken around 17:00 p.m shows people enjoying the fall heat.

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Events Happening Halloween 2017 Porto

Halloween or Dia das Bruxas in Portuguese is just around the corner. If you're spending this year's Halloween in Porto, you have the opportunity to celebrate this year's festivities with your family, friends or even complete strangers. We've gathered some of the events happening around October 31st in the district of Porto, from family and kids activities to eating-out and clubbing. Hope you have the best Halloween 2017! Let us know in the comment section, what are your plans for this year's Dia das Bruxas.
What: Halloween Dinner. Last day for reservations is Oct 29. The dinner includes entries, main meal, drinks and desserts.
Where: Quinta da Pousadela
When: 31 Oct - 1 Nov 21:00 until 01:00
Cost: €25 for adults €15 for children. You can bring up to 12 people only. Contact 966899922 - for more info.
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Why You Should Shop Local in Portugal

Having lived in Portugal for more than a year, buying local has never been this easy. While roaming the streets, pedestrians can encounter more than one Frutaria (fruit store) or a talho (butcher) in nearby locations. However, not everyone buys locally. The convenience of supermarkets and hypermarkets have paved the way for a new type of consumer - one that wants to buy everything he/she needs at once.
Reasons to Buy Local People may forget the many benefits to buying local. So here are the top 10 reasons why you should consider buying Portugal grown products:
From experience, Portuguese produce taste better. Thanks to Portuguese climate and farmers practices that don't require them to use chemicals to preserve locally consumed food. They are better for the local economy. Why should you care? Well, you are likely living in Portugal because you like it. So investing in the local economy by buying local can improve the overall conditions of the space you live in. This could mean, th…