Saturday, March 22, 2003

hey, I played soccer yesterday with a group of international students, but basically it was latinos on one side (with a Portuguese-Italian coalition), and Germans on the other, with a hand from Portuguese players. I played with the Italians, and we compensated our lack of atletic power with more speed and deadly counter-attacks. Final score: 8-8. But definitely a nice way to spend a friday afternoon!

Friday, March 21, 2003

It`s been a long time... I have been way too lazy!!! My first articles for the BMJ and the Student BMJ have been accepted! One is about the Portuguese admissions system to medical schools (a critical perspective), and the other is a profile on a Moldavian doctor I interviewed for a section of the BMJ and student BMJ regarding people who lead interesting, unusual careers in Medicine.
Night out with Erasmus in my place for the first time! I had Alentejo wine and Spanish sangria to offer, and we then headed to "Metro e Meio", the bar next to my house, where Bara, the girl from Czech played an entertaining selection in the piano. Too bad they did not offer the rounds of drinks!

Saturday, March 08, 2003

Great article about Portugal in "The Economist", from January 2000, have a look: http://www.economist.com/surveys/displaystory.cfm?story_id=436087
Gee, what a day! 7:04 am I was already on a fast-train to Porto to interview Professor Sobrinho Simões, a leading doctor and researcher who has been responsible, along with his team for some of the scientific research of the highest calibre in the country in the recent years. I went with João, a member of the Student Union, who edits "Ressonância", our medical student`s faculty journal, and the Union covered all our costs. We talked for over 1:30 hrs, and then we caught a bus to the centre to have lunch, João wanted a pizza, so we got some pizza hut. The Professor was really nice to us, completely down to earth, and I just thought how come I never had mentors like that... but anyhow, he invited us at 17:00 to visit his Research Institute, since the interview took place in the University Hospital, contrarily to what we thought initially. The Prime Minister was on his way to pay a visit, and we had caught a taxi just 1 minute ago and were still in the parking lot when we were asked to move over by the Prime Minister`s escort of Policemen on bikes who were coming in the other way around!
This interview is a feature for a future issue of Ressonância, and the best part about being involved in medical journalism is to meet fabulous people in person that otherwise I will only read about or see on TV!


Wednesday, March 05, 2003

Ufffffffff!!!!! The marks from the General Medicine exam just came out today, and it is done!!! WOOOOOOHOOOOOO!!!
Really, I was scared to death of failing, since I did not study that much, and I took it the first day, which very few people did. I am really happy, because I just wanted to get rid of such a ridiculous course.

Monday, March 03, 2003

Tomorrow there is a big soccer game between Porto and Benfica, 2 of the biggest teams in the Super League. I will watch it from home, it is a good excuse to relax for 2 hours and i do not want to spend up and put my physical integrity on the line by going to the stadium. It is Benfica`s last chance to keep their quest for the title still open. I even invited Pedro and Duarte over, and I will probably still invite some more and have a friendly get-together.

Sunday, March 02, 2003

My cousin Arvin, from the States, forwarded this to me, I think it is hilarious! have a look!

WE WOULD RATHER DO BUSINESS

WITH 1000 AL QUAEDA TERRORISTS

THAN WITH A SINGLE AMERICAN







This sign was prominently displayed in the window of a business in
Philadelphia.

You are probably outraged at the thought of such an inflammatory
statement. One
would think that anti-hate groups from all across the country would be
marching on this business and that the National Guard might have to be
called to keep the angry
crowds back. But we are a society who holds Freedom of Speech as
perhaps our greatest liberty . . . and after all, it is just a sign.

At any rate, you may ask what kind of business would dare post such a
sign.

The answer: scroll down!




















A FUNERAL HOME

Who said morticians have no sense of humor?

Thursday, February 27, 2003

I passed my mock English Exam (Certificate of Proficiency), with a reasonable mark, just under B. The exam is quite difficult, and I do not hold at the moment the levels of desirable confidence. I know myself and I know my limitations, but the truth is that I could always do the CAE (Certificate of Advanced English) in June instead. I lack time to study and prepare myself properly, but my writing stints and editorial roles for the Student BMJ might be very helpful in boosting my English literary abilities.