Zero waste home

I’m struggling with producing the blog posts mentioned in my previous post. But I keep getting reminded about doing so – every day.

Today my favorite radio station FM4 had a Reality Check special on consumption, highlighting Buy Nothing Day, which was apparently yesterday (when I consumed for 25 €). In the show they also spoke about a family in California which produces only one (1) liter of trash per year! The mom in the family is blogging under the name Zero Waste Home. Simply awesome.

Meanwhile, it’s getting “really cold” (relative of course) down here in Lisbon. What is worse is that it is colder in our apartment than outdoors. So when I get home, I need to dress up to compensate for getting indoors, and not moving anymore.

Thoughts on my mind

Every day, many thoughts, concerns, and excitements spring to mind, stay for a while, and leave again – sometimes to never again reappear. For example, yesterday Sweden took on (and lost to) Portugal in the FIFA World Cup 2004 playoffs here in Lisbon. The game gave excitement for while, and disappointment for a moment. But in a few days, I will probably never think of the match again – regardless of the result in Tuesday’s rematch in Stockholm.

In the past few months, however, I’ve had some thoughts coming back and bothering me on an almost daily basis. In brief, these thoughts can be summarized with three (highly intertwined) questions:

  1. What happens to our (Western) society past our current era of constant economical growth?
  2. Do I want to pursue a career in research once I finish my master’s degree?
  3. What is the best way for me to do good in this world?

I’ve been intending to write about these topics for a while, just to still my troubled mind, and my goal is to do so in separate blog posts within the next couple of weeks…

… for my broad audience of 0.3 people to read.

Taking mothers to hipster places

I currently have my mom and her friend here visiting for 5 days. Obligatory visits to Cascais, Belém, Bairro Alto (despite their age) etc. have already been completed.

But I also managed to take them to a place I was a bit curious of myself, namely an area called the LX Factory, which is located under the San Francisco replica bridge. My spontaneous review is:

A hipster’s mecca, hidden in an old industry area. Full of fake-retro, overpriced bars and design stores, and the obligatory hipster burger place. Nevertheless, a very cool area worth visiting, at least after sundown.

My lack in Swedish history knowledge

Being abroad, I often find myself in situations where I realize how little I know about Sweden’s history, and what shaped my home country. I also realize how much more people from (most) other countries seem to know about their own and (more importantly) other countries’ history.

But once in a while I find even my most fundamental “knowledge” about Swedish history challenged. The link below is one example of this. I don’t know exactly what to take from this essay, and how biased it actually is, but it is nevertheless intriguing (not to say shocking) that the well-spread truth that socialism led Sweden to wealth, might not be so true after all. Time to review my knowledge about Sweden…

How laissez-faire made Sweden rich