Who is Your hero? // Quem é o teu super herói?


On 26th of June, we had the activity with children from Clube de Desporto C+S de Lavra in the House of Associations. The main topic was heroism in our life. After the game in which we were going to different evolution stages to finally reach the stage of super-Saiyan, we started exploring the topic of heroes in our lives. We mentioned our favorite superheroes from TV shows and cinemas, such as Batman, Spider-man or Black Panther; chose the qualities that belong for every self-respected superhero; attributed it to the real-life heroes (would you call the first king of Portugal the hero? And how about Ronaldo? Children said that after missed penalty, Ronaldo is not their hero anymore :/). Finally, we even created our own heroes, by giving it the name, special costume and, of course, superpower! We had a great variety of different abilities: starting from being invisible, fighting as a ninja to having wings, being super-woman and saving the world.

No dia 26 de junho, tivemos a atividade com as crianças do Clube de Desporto C + S de Lavra na Casa das Associações. O tema principal foi o heroísmo na nossa vida. Após o jogo em que caminhávamos para diferentes estágios de evolução para finalmente chegar ao estágio de super-Saiyajin, em que começamos a explorar o tema dos heróis nas nossas vidas. Mencionamos os nossos super-heróis favoritos dos programas de TV e cinemas, como o Batman, Homem-Aranha ou Pantera Negra; escolhemos as qualidades que pertencem aos super-heróis respeitados; atribuímos isso aos heróis da vida real (tu chamarias o primeiro rei de Portugal de herói? E ao Ronaldo? As crianças disseram que depois de ter falhado o penalti, o Ronaldo já não é o seu herói: /). Finalmente, criamos os nossos próprios heróis, dando-lhe nome, roupa especial e, claro, superpoder! Tínhamos uma grande variedade de habilidades diferentes: a partir de ser invisível, lutar como um ninja para ter asas ou ser supermulher e salvar o mundo.



During the second half of the activity, we had a presentation about Lithuania, its nature, food and some comparisons with Portugal. Do you know that Lithuania has almost 20 times shorter beach line than Portugal? Or that people prefer basketball than football? Now children know it and much more!

Durante a segunda parte da atividade, tivemos uma apresentação sobre a Lituânia, a sua natureza, comida e algumas comparações com Portugal. Sabias que a Lituânia tem quase 20 vezes uma linha de praia mais curta que Portugal? Ou que as pessoas preferem basquetebol do que futebol? Agora as crianças sabem disso e muito mais!


Would you also like to be a hero? We can tell you the secret: you are already one but do not know it yet.

Também gostavas de ser um herói? Podemos contar-te um segredo: tu já és um, mas ainda não o conheces.


Let‘s talk about.. coffee

As the coffee has a really important part in Portuguese culture and daily life, I felt the temptation to write about it from the beginning of my project.


I usually drink coffee with milk here. Although I recently discovered the word ‘abatanado‘, which, I have to admit, was very satisfying. In my country, coffee is a way of a continuous ritual. We buy a big cup of coffee (the bigger, the better), enjoy it while crossing the main streets of the city, sitting in a cafe while preparing our course works, drinking slowly sip by sip while meeting with an old friend and gossiping about the world. I have never seen my father drinking coffee in my entire life, but for my mom, it is must- to-do morning ritual with a small cup of weak coffee (Portuguese would consider it not a coffee and for sure not a small cup). Although I am trying to avoid dairy, throughout the day we all go and order coffee as an away of a habit. Always a big cup, always with milk.

If you are Portuguese, I can already imagine your widely open eyes and goosebumps on your hands. You do not understand me.

To be honest, I did not understand you either.



It is said that Eskimo has more than 40 different words to describe the snow. They can differentiate between different shadows, a way of snowing and so on. When I came to Portugal, coffee was a mystery for me. I just could not get it. All the coffee was either expresso or coffee with milk (really strange small cup of a suspicious amount of milk). But as I was staying here longer, I realized that it is not so simple. In contrary, there is a whole different world of coffee here.


The short guide for foreigner in Portugal:


Um café (espresso). A small cup of few sips of super strong coffee which made my head spinning around and heartbeats crazy when I tried it for the very first times. It was the first times in my life when I tried espresso; probably the last ones either.

Um pingo (pingado). Basically, the same espresso but with few drops of milk. I am not even sure if I ever tried it, as I was feeling quite convinced, after my first acquaintances with espresso, that it is really not my type of coffee.

Uma meia de leite. Coffee with milk. Although I was quite confused about the smallness of the amount, as it is so unusual in Lithuania, I was still happy to discover it. Even more, I eventually learnt to say ‘meia de leite’, even though the waitress does not understand me usually. The sky is for the most determined ones.

Um abatanado. It is my most favourite one so far; expresso with a bigger amount of water. I like that I found the middle ground of coffee that does not give my heart desperate beats, but at the same time is without milk. Personally, I would prefer the even bigger amount of water. Oh well, nothing can be fully perfect.

Um galão. Cup with 2/3 of milk. While I really like the serving of a tall glass and that long lovely spoon, I do not like such a big amount of milk; even for me, it tastes like drinking warm milk but not coffee. And, to be very precise and repetitive, I am not the biggest fan of milk. 😀

Um café longo. People say that the name comes from the fact that supposedly there is more liquid inside than in normal expresso and it is for the longer use. I was repeatedly looking, from the cup to the person who said this to me, for a couple of minutes. With my untrained eyes, it looked like the same expresso.



If I try to write the guide for Portuguese in Lithuania, the list would be slightly different. Instead of cups of instant expresso, we prefer more cheerful names, like Cappucino, Café Americano, Macchiato, Café with milk (usually meaning quite a big amount of both, coffee and milk). As mentioned before, we also love to take coffee away. You can usually choose which size of coffee you may like to take: small, medium or large.

And yes. Nobody drinks expresso.


Finally, long ago I stopped wondering why my Portuguese friends ask for expresso. However, every time I am in café, I still curiously looking around trying to weight the amount of those small cups. I have a theory, that if I go and ask people in the cafe, if they are tourists 95 percent of the cases I would be right. The reason? Only tourists drink anything except expresso.

After all, I love the way Portuguese ‘do‘ coffee drinking. Those little cups across the tables during lunchtime, the mood of complete stop and chill moment. In Lithuania, we drink coffee when we are busy when we are full of life. Coffee does not give us a break; coffee is a part of our rush. Here coffee is a moment to enjoy your pastel de Nata or a great variety of different one-bite sweets. Honestly, I would prefer this way of coffee with the amount of my own coffee.


Long life for globalization!

And long life for the world, in which we do not need to change our own culture, in order to respect and accept a different one.




Pink soup day

What is the best way to welcome summer? You are wrong if you just thought about ice cream, cold drinks or bowl of fruits. Every Lithuanian would tell you.. that it is the Pink Soup! Thanks to two Lithuanian volunteers, Portuguese people got the opportunity to taste one of the best food inventions of Eastern European region – cold beet soup.


Summer in Porto started together with Turkish and Portuguese music, pink soup served with potatoes, and people who gathered to spend a cozy Friday evening together. Three musicians – Gizem Tuğçe from Turkey, Mariya John from Ukraine, and Miguel Proença from Portuguese played favorite song covers and their own music to the audience.


Lithuanian culture intertwined with Turkish and Portuguese, creating a magical environment for the gathered.


ENAJ 2018: Discussing youth policies and diving with the President

The first weekend of summer was spent productively by Portugal‘s youth organizations. In windy Estoril, the beach side of Cascais – European youth capital 2018 – 16th ENAJ took place. ENAJ – Encontro Nacional das Associações Juvenis, or a national meeting of youth organizations united around 800 people from all over Portugal. FAJDP team were one of them. Various activities occur through the weekend – starting from discussions about local youth policies in Portuguese regions and ending with diving in the ocean with the President of Portugal.

O primeiro fim de semana de verão foi passado de uma forma produtiva pelas associações juvenis portuguesas.  No ventoso Estoril, lado da praia de Cascais – Capital Europeia da Juventude 2018 – teve lugar o 16º ENAJ. ENAJ – Encontros Nacional de Associações Juvenis, ou um encontro nacional de associações juvenis que juntou cerca de 800 pessoas de todo o território português. A equipa da FAJDP foi uma delas. Ocorreram várias atividades durante o fim de semana – começou com discussões sobre políticas locais de juventude nas regiões portuguesas e terminou com o mergulho do Presidente da República na praia de Cascais.


On the first day, Friday, there was a “Plano Estratégico para as Políticas Locais de Juventude“ conference. Many topics, such as local youth policies and the importance of participation were discussed and many good practices were shared between Portugal‘s youth organizations. FAJDP and our EVS project were presented as practices to look up to, as well.

No primeiro dia, Sexta-feira, houve uma conferência sobre “Plano Estratégico para as Políticas Locais de Juventude”. Foram desenvolvidos muitos tópicos como as políticas locais de juventude e a importância da participação dos jovens foram discutidos e foram mostrados, por parte das associações, exemplos de boas práticas. A FAJDP e o nosso projeto SVE foi apresentado como uma boa prática a seguir.


On the following days, we had an opportunity to hear presentations from international and Portuguese guests about various topics, such as communication and youth digitalization as well as visit a fair of youth organizations, where they could present themselves to the participants of ENAJ.

Nos dias seguintes, tivemos a oportunidade para ouvir apresentações de convidados nacionais e internacionais sobre variados tópicos, como comunicação e o meio digital jovem, bem como a apresentação de algumas associações ao público do ENAJ.



The fun part obviously took place on the last night of the event. On the gastro festival, participants could taste the traditional food and drinks from various regions while enjoying the Kung Fu performers and dancers.

A parte divertida foi, obviamente, a última noite do evento. Num festival gastronómico, os participantes puderam provar produtos típicos das várias regiões do país enquanto aproveitavam a atuação do grupo “Kung Fu” e os grupos de dança.