Monday, 19 May 2014

My Erasmus Experience (Final - Chapter XIX)

After this looong period without posting anything, I finally got some time to be able to write the last 2 days in Rennes and these 3 days that I've been in Portugal.

After the dernière soirée in Hamidou's, I went to pick up my mom at the airport around 14h30. 

To keep it short, we spent the rest of the day and Friday getting everything packed and ready, especially my keyboard, which was dispatched Friday around 17h and we got a visit by Hamidou and Luke for them to take what I was going to leave here, like kitchen utensils and such, to their place.

Saturday, we went for a walk around St. Anne with Yomaira, went for the last time to the Creperie, and then payed a visit to the Parc du Thabor with Luke.
A little fountain...
And a surprisingly nice waterfall.
After the goodbyes, we got a taxi to the Gare and waited almost for an hour for the departure. The bus awaits!
All the stuff.
It's much better going during the evening, even the time looks like it goes faster. 
We stopped 3 or 4 times in Spain, then in Portugal, in those remote villages with funny names. Around 13h to lunch, then in Leiria, then in Fátima, where a lot of people either stayed there or had a correspondence to another bus.
Somewhere in Coimbra, around Rio Ceira... :)
Finally in Lisbon! 
I saw my father and brother, and my big cousin Jú, and went home; only to find my room invaded with my dear grandma.

These last few days were spent around the university, going to some classes and spending time with Teddy, my friends and family.
It's very hot and sunny, and always beautiful.

I will dearly miss Rennes and all it's awesomeness, including my dear french friends and my soon-to-visit-Portugal puerto-rican.
It was indeed a great experience, that fulfilled me with knowledge, great memories and culture.
It's something that I think every student, in whatever stage of his/her life, should go through.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other - Desiderius Erasmus

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

The not-so-secret Forest of Brocéliande

This was divine intervention! - Jules Winnfield
After months talking about it and trying to start a planning, this Sunday - a beautiful day indeed, sunny and hot, how jammy we were(!) - May the Fourth be with you and Happy Mother's Day (in Portugal) - we finally went to Brocéliande! 
A gigantic forest (even though 95% of it is privée, the bastards!) with several legendary locations, like the Knights of the Round Table, the King Arthur's Legend, Merlin's adventures, etc.
To actually do a tour of all these sites, it would take an entire day and a previous settled route - perhaps in the future...

Upon arriving to one of the main civilized touristic points, I was of the opinion of just following a track and see where it would lead us; but the rest of the people wanted a map and do a careful planning, which was what we did, being a more logical decision.
L'Office de Tourisme.
Having some fun with the
series of pictures that Yomaira takes...
We had to take the car again to go to another touristic point to start one of the main tracks around the forest to visit the Golden Tree and a Mehnir Field that were marked in the map.
Like many others, a very beautiful forest with a never-ending small river that, sometimes, caused a bit of a challenge to cross.
When we got to the Arbre d'Or, let's just say that we weren't that suprised... It's very pretty, however, we can clearly see that it's painted. There was a bigger preference over the waterfall and all the surroundings than the actual attraction there.
Starting the path!...
Arriving to the Arbre d'Or.
And here it is.
After that, we kept on going, exploring the forest, and we even climbed a rocky hill to make a little pause and "take it all in", as Yomaira was saying upon observing the terrific and endless view.


How I wish I had something just to float on it...
After the climb...
Going back, and, by chance, we took a way that led us to the exact starting point near the tree.
After leaving the forest, we stopped by a little cafe, had a drink and went back to civilization - oh, the drama!
A tiny library with a very particular host - welsh, gaulois and french...
Behold the anger caused by the unfullfilness of our wishes in due time...
A bottle of cider consumed by the monkey couple, Yomaira and Luke.
Are we going back? Or just starting anew...?

Friday, 2 May 2014

The "Cold Song" Interpretation

These last few days are being spent at home, hiding from the rain and the evil sky, studying History, playing the piano and eating soup. It's also noteworthy that Yomaira is in Le Mans at a friend's until Sunday, so, there's really not that much to do.
However, I remembered a very famous aria that is a subject of interpretation by several artists that I would like to share here and also to know which one is your favourite version.

What power art thou, Who from below, commonly known as the "Cold Song", is an aria sung in Act III by the Cold Genius , a character from the opera King Arthur (or The British Worthy,  Z. 628), composed by the great Henry Purcell ♥.
This music is very known by the very specific way of singing, to resemble the chills caused by the cold, and the shivering strings that accompany the bass singer.
That sexyness!
Here's just 3 examples (there are more, though I consider these are the most relevant) of different interpretations/arrangements.
I seriously don't know which one I prefer, but I guess the original one. Purcell is Purcell :)

It's normally sung by a bass, but Andreas Scholl's interpretation is sublime.
If you would like to listen to a bass singer, check here.

The favourite version by a lot of people. 
A modernized version from 1981 by this great german singer.

A very interesting cover by Sting.


And that's it, folks!
NO, wait! Here's just one more...

A classical version sung by Christopher Purves (look, a bass!) 
featured in this great scene.

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Theories about Vegeta and Bulma Relationship

Who never watched Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z or Dragon Ball GT, this is a little (huge) bit of a spoiler (I'm not including the movies).
This post is based of what I know by watching the TV series; I never read the manga (yet!), so this is my opinion based on the TV adaptation and dubbings. 

One thing is certain - all the series are utterly epic.
They were created for an audience with its majority composed by young boys, who wanted to watch the fights, the power and the progression of their favorite characters, and also their villains. 
So, it's normal that people that like a little bit of romance, both guys and girls, don't get a lot satisfied with that aspect on this show. 

The dubbings really change the sense of the situations and also the characters. I've watched it all in portuguese, which is very cool and funny, and I'm now watching in english - very awesome (though now I don't know which one I like the best!). What they say, however, is really different sometimes. There are moments and lines where I prefer in portuguese and others in english. (I refuse to watch it in japanese, I hate Goku's voice - sorry.)

Dottings the "i's"...
Doing a little introduction concerning Goku, he met his wife, Chi-Chi, when he was exploring the world as a child after the 22nd edition of the World Martial Arts Tournament. They were flying together in his cloud, Nimbus, when he patted her genitals (hilariously creepy, I know, but he's naive, what can we do?), and she pushed him away. Then, she interpreted that as a sign of love and they talked about him "taking her to the aisle" and getting together later in their lives.
Years later, in the 23rd edition of the Tournament, Chi-Chi, aswell Goku, were in the finals and they're going to fight. They have a big discussion about his promise to her when they met as kids, because he didn't recognized her, and also he didn't know the concept of marriage and thought she was talking about food - and then he proposes to her, finishing the combat. She had feelings for him, that was obvious, and in my opinion, the fondess towards her by Goku was a progressive matter.
It was on the last episode of Dragon Ball where
Goku and Chi-Chi get married. 
:)
Starting Dragon Ball Z, the 1st episode takes place after 5 peaceful years, where you witness the beautiful married life of Goku and Chi-Chi with their 4 y.o. Gohan; I think that if Goku didn't have a romantic attraction for her, he couldn't be happy for that amount of time living with her in a cute house in the middle of a forest. 


So, Vegeta and Bulma...
Showing concer for him after his training, but she was still with Yamcha.
Their first encounter is in Namek, though they not even talk with each other.
After his resurrection and teleport to Earth, Bulma invites him to live at Capsule Corporation on the condition that he doesn't get close to her, and he reluctantly accepts. 
It may not look like it, but I have a life and I'm not going to tell every detail that I remember of scenes where they both participate. There are some very funny scenes of them arguing with each other, of course, that shows their chemistry and his pride taking over the fact that he cares about her.
The main point that I want to focus is their child, Trunks.
It's clear that Bulma starts to show affection towards Vegeta, even though he does not know about it. She starts to dream with him, caring about his health and getting bored of Yamcha until the moment where she breaks up with him and get together with Vegeta.
There's a lapse of 3 years when starting a new serie in Dragon Ball Z and you see the result of them together (Trunks!) though nobody knows what happened!
I've been searching online for opinions and the most supported theories are the following:

1. They start to get fond of each other (in their own way) that gets to that point of intimacy;
2. A fling, a one-night stand, result of their passion and love/hate relationship;
3. He abused her and she actually liked it.

Let's ignore the 3rd theory, I used the word "abused" instead of others that are very awful. I think it's just ridiculous and there's no founding at all.
I would like to believe in the 1st one, because it's romantic and I like that, though the 2nd is pratically the accepted by the majority of fans, because it is quite plausible.
We also know that they got married at some point in the show because he mentions her as his "wife" when talking with Goku, for example.

There's a lot of moments where he is an actual bastard to either Bulma and Trunks, but it's his nature.
It's with the progression of the series that you see Vegeta changing towards the concept of having a family and people that care about him - it's when he realizes their importance that he had the courage to sacrifice himself to defeat Majin Buu (Bubu in PT-PT) to save them and the planet Earth (of course that he gets revived later).

Conclusion?
After a lot of ups and downs, and also the long process of Vegeta getting more "human" and not so "prince", it's a great relationship, if not my favourite. 
It's weird, mixed, a lot of feelings, but in the end, it becomes a true and simple union.

A very funny scene that shows how Vegeta 
gets affected by his wife and teenage daughter.

Friday, 25 April 2014

When Carnations meet Rifles

Today is the 40th anniversary of 1974 April's 25th, also known as the  Freedom Day (a national holiday, obviously), where the Carnation Revolution took place and ended the dictatorship/regime of the Estado Novo ("New State"), where Portugal and its people lived in poverty, ignorance and obscurity. Democracy was instaured.

Why carnations? When the military officers that opposed the regime (Movimento das Forças Armadas, "Armed Forces Mouvement" - MFA) went to the streets to follow the revolution, they used no violence again the regime's police (PIDE), and the people, holding red carnations (cravos), joined the revolution and put these flowers into the muzzles of rifles and in the army's uniform. 

It's not my objective to lecture History here - it's just a small mention to one of the most important and beautiful days in the Portuguese History.
Since this year is the 40th anniversary, as previously mentioned, there are some celebrations around the country and homages - murals, parties, street art, etc...
A beautiful mural that my University has made for this occasion :)
FCSH - UNL

I'm not there physically - and I even have an exam today - but History should never be forgotten, no matter where you are. 


A Requiem by one of our greatest composers 
in honor to those affected by this terrible time.

Happy Freedom Day! Long live the Revolution!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Losing Hope in Humanity

I'm working on some other and longer posts, but now I just had the urge to write a little bit of what just came to my mind.

I am tired, so tired, of people. Not all people, of course, or I would just go to the most unreachable site of the Earth and become a hermit - and then I would find more people there and just kill myself.

On a daily basis, I use some of my time to check on news and petitions about animals, children, women rights and abuse, and also other pressing matters, with the intent to sign, to view updates, to comment and to help in any possible way. Since I'm not in Portugal, where I volunteer in humanitarian aspects, it's the only thing I can do here. 
Of course that I'm not the only one thinking about this (I guess), but, sometimes, I start to lose hope on what I and a lot of other people do to try to aid.

Every single day, there's new calls for help, new pleas, a lot of them more negative than positive. Facebook pages about Easter Cat Punching (don't even search it...), Domestic Gastronomy (for the ones that didn't get it, it's recipes for how to cook your dog, cat, hamster, etc.), petitions for women than gain less at Wendy's, or Walmart, for example, police officers shooting their companions because they got in the way, a case that I opened a petition for (check it here and sign it, please!), children forced to work in abusive ways, etc., etc., the list goes on.
It's this people that I'm tired, and sickened by and ashamed. 

The Last Judgement - S. Locher (XV century)
One of my favourites artworks,
the right side is particulary appealing for this vile people...

When will these vile acts end? We're in the XXI century
Did the Human mind actually evolved in these aspects? 
Who can still be able to marry a 9 y.o child and then witness her death in their wedding night after sex due to internal bleedings? Why are women still demanding for equality and same rights as men in the work area, for example? Isn't it obvious that is just right? Why there's still people dying because they have no money for healthcare? 
Why are we still using fossile fuels?
I weep for Humanity - Sheldon Cooper.
The History repeats itself, that is certain. But must it be in this way?


[Some websites if you want to help aswell:

Monday, 14 April 2014

A Epopeia da Tradução

Estando agora em época de testes/férias para estudo, não há grande coisa para contar por aqui.
No entanto, lembrei-me de um pequeno mas grande tópico que, de vez em quando, só me dá vontade de me encontrar com os magníficos Tradutores ou Engenheiros Supervisores Administrativos Laborais da 1ª Divisão do Escritório da Treta de Tradução dos Títulos de Material de Entretenimento e transfigurar-me num Lannister (segundo episódio ontem, yes!)

Aqui vai uma lista de filmes e séries  que visualizei, dos quais eu me recordo que, em Português, não têm nada a ver com o título original. 
A maior parte traduzida capta o enredo no título, mas muitos em inglês não têm esse objectivo, if you know what I mean.
Outros têm o título original e depois uma adição dramática e crucial. Inútil. Achtung, isto é na minha opinião, obviamente.
Sim, há casos difíceis de traduzir fielmente ou retratar o aspecto mais importante, esses ainda se perdoam. Mas há uns simplesmente ridículos!

Well, cá estão (desde os mais estapafúrdios aos quase aceitáveis e também os que podiam ser melhorados. Cada um tem o seu ponto de vista...)
Posso dizer também que recomendo a visualização dos que ainda não tiveram a oportunidade de ver:
  • Way Down East (1920) - As Duas Tormentas;
  • Citizen Kane (1941) - O Mundo a seus Pés;
  • Arsenic and Old Lace (1944) - O Mundo é um Manicómio;
  • Sunset Blvd (1950) - Crepúsculo dos Deuses;
  • Gojira/Gozdilla (1954) - O Monstro do Pacífico;
  • Vertigo (1958) - A Mulher que viveu Duas Vezes;
  • North by Northwest (1959) - Intriga Internacional;
  • True Grit (1969) - A Velha Raposa;
  • Blade Runner (1982) - Blade Runner: Perigo Iminente;
  • The Thing (1982) - Veio do Outro Mundo;
  • Young Sherlock Holmes (1985) - O Enigma da Pirâmide;
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994) - Os Condenados de Shawshank;
  • Braveheart (1995) - O Desafio do Guerreiro;
  • Se7en (1995) - 7 Pecados Mortais;
  • Good Will Hunting (1997) - O Bom Rebelde;
  • American History X (1998) - América Proibida;
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998) - Delírio em Las Vegas;
  • Girl, Interrupted (1999) - Vida Interrompida;
  • Snatch (2000) - Snatch: Porcos e Diamantes;
  • The Bourne Identity (2002) - Identidade Desconhecida;
  • The Ring (2002) - O Aviso;
  • Lost in Translation (2003) - O Amor é um Lugar Estranho;
  • Kill Bill Vol. I (2003) - Kill Bill: A Vingança (vol. I);
  • Kill Bill Vol. II (2004) - Kill Bill: A Vingança (vol. II);
  • Oldeuboi/Oldboy (2003) - Oldboy: Velho Amigo;
  • Million Dollar Baby (2004) - Million Dollar Baby: Sonhos Vencidos;
  • How I Met Your Mother (2005-2014) - Foi Assim que Aconteceu;
  • The Pacifier (2005) - O Chupeta;
  • Little Children (2006) - Pecados Íntimos;
  • The Departed (2006) - The Departed: Entre Inimigos;
  • The Prestige (2006) - O Terceiro Passo;
  • Breaking Bad (2008-2013) - Ruptura Total;
  • Burn After Reading (2008) - Destruir depois de Ler;
  • The Hurt Locker (2008) - Estado de Guerra;
  • The Walking Dead (2010-) - Os Mortos-Vivos;
  • Carnage (2011) - O Deus da Carnificina;
  • Ironclad (2011) - O Último Reduto;
  • Intouchables (2011) - Amigos Improváveis;
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) - Millenium I: Os Homens que Odeiam as Mulheres;
  • True Grit (2011) - Indomável;
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) - Diário Secreto de um Caçador de Vampiros;
  • Kickass 2 (2013) - Kickass 2: Agora é a Doer;
  • Now You See Mee (2013) - Mestres da Ilusão;
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pts. I and II (2014-15) - Os Jogos da Fome: A Revolta Pts. I e II

De certeza que me esqueci de vários - assim, post sujeito a alterações futuras.
Se tiverem conhecimento de um ou mais filmes não mencionados, é só partilhar! :)