The act of giving.

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”

Mother Teresa

I usually give without expecting anything in return. My heart becomes full of joy when my family or friends are happy because of something that I did for them.

A symbolic gift. A nice dinner. A laid-back sightseeing.

Several studies have been shown that the act of giving can be good for our health. According to Stephen G. Post, a professor of preventive medicine at Stony Brook University, “the impact of giving is just as significant as not smoking and avoiding obesity”. Moreover, a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science shows that when one person behaves generously, it inspires others to behave generously later, toward different people.

Importantly, the act of giving makes relationships stronger and reinforces appreciation and acknowledgement of each other.

Thank you for sending me gifts from far away.


Tacka dig!


Photos taken by Ricardo Ferreira at Martim Moniz, Lisbon, Portugal, September 2013.
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Something Crazy.

I usually have very long hair simply because I don’t like to go to the hairdresser. It is expensive. It takes around 2 hours (although the actual cut takes 15min). And most of the times I don’t like the end result.

After watching a short clip entitled “24 things to do before you turn 30“, I decided to cut my own hair. I didn’t cut as short as in the clip (maybe one day) but it was a big cut!

At first it was a rush of adrenaline.

OMG! I’m cutting my own hair!

After cutting half of my hair, I got a bit scared.

WTF am I doing? I hope this turns OK. There is no turning back now…

In the end, it actually turned pretty awesome! Now my hair is full of curlies!

Hair and more hair....Curlies!

Photos taken by Cláudia Mendes in Martim Moniz, Lisbon, Portugal, August 2013.
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Driss: “This is not a job anymore.”

From the movie Intouchables (2011).

This movie is an “odd couple” story, where two opposite persons build an unbreakable friendship with each other against all odds. It is a touching and hilarious true story.

I lost count of how many times I watched this movie, but last time was different.

It reminded me of my friends from the dance school. Each one of us has a different background and different goals in life. A biologist, a future physicist, an artist, a future dentist, a pharmacy marketing, a future public relationships and a publicity marketing.

But we have something very special in common. We love to dance. Dance brought us together and now our friendship is unbreakable.

I can definitely say “This is not a hobby anymore. This is real friendship.

Let’s keep on dancing!

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A couple of months ago I did my very first flashmob. The goal of the entire flashmob was to make a TV ad for the brand Pespi. The participants would wear white, red or blue t-shirts and after several basic dance moves they would run to the middle of the square in a specific order and make the Pepsi logo with their t-shirts.

The idea was cool, but we only had three rehearsals of one hour each and we were only 20 people (or less…). I’m pretty sure it was the worst flashmob ever!


I performed this flashmob with some of my best friends. Crocodile Crew in da house! The choreographer in charge is one of my favourite dance teachers and the rehearsals were so much fun with so many random laughs.  Those random laughs that only happen late at night when everyone is mentally and physically tired. The best ones.

After this experience, I can definitely say the famous motto “The goal is nothing compared to the path“. The path was by far much more important and special than the actual goal.

P.S. I’m the girl with three flowers (white, red and blue) in the hair.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nostalgic.

“Nostalgic. Sometimes, we long for the past: for moments we want to remember or recapture. The good times. The golden years. Or perhaps we’re homesick, or longing for something — or someone — that might have been.”

From the Daily Post.

Lately I have been longing for this place.

I want to go back. Close my eyes. Take a deep breath.

Photos taken by Cláudia Mendes at Koli National Park, Finland, October 2012.
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Gradient Tees.

As you may notice, me and Takashi didn’t wear the same colour on the last day of our Matching Tees Challenge. Although on the day before we had decided to wear a dark and lively green, we realized that we have different perceptions of colour.

However, a funny thing happened on that day. Our lab was wearing different shades of green. From green-blueish to green-yellowish.

A perfect gradient.

Gradient Tees.

Photo taken by Roberto Keller at IGC, Oeiras, Portugal, June 2013.

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Matching Tees.

A warm and sunny Monday. A perfect day to wear a bright colour.

When I got to the lab that morning I noticed I was not the only one with the same idea. Takashi, one of the post docs from our lab, wore exactly the same coulor without any planning.

In the end of the day we decided to take a photo to remember the moment.


Then we had the crazy idea of wearing exactly the same colour every day of the rest of the week.

Five days. Five colours. What colours should we choose? Pink, purple, yellow and orange were out of the question. It was a tough decision. Here is the outcome. We almost made it.

Tuesday. Red. Crazy.


Wednesday. White. High.


Thursday. Black. Rock&Roll.


Friday. Green. WTF? We didn’t wear the same the colour.

Claudia&Takashi-05Photos taken by Roberto Keller at IGC, Oeiras, Portugal, June 2013.

If we wear again the same colour on a Monday, we will try again.

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