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Anesthesia for my ears



“Piropo” in portuguese is what we call a flirtation remark usually regarding te physical features of someone. Usually it’s between people who don’t know each other very well, or nothing at all. I went to look for the translation for English and I found two things:

1- “Piropo” only exists in Spanish, not portuguese. I’m not sure if this is truth or if google just thinks that Spain and Portugal are one and the same. Unfortunately I have no Portuguese dictionary at my place.
2 – “Piropo” is translated to English as a compliment or Catcalls.
Excuse me? A compliment? I don’t take a “piropo” as a compliment. I take it an unwanted remark from someone who should have remained quiet.
In circa 2013, there was a huge debate here in Portugal to analyse whether this should be considered sexual harassment or not.
For me it is sexual harassment. Sometimes…

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Foreign Talent

Another face of culture clash. Interesting.


You are working just nicely in your company, probably made up of mostly local colleagues that share your interests and once in a while, you’ll hang out with them in a pub across the road especially on Fridays when everyone wind down and bitch about work or talk about the upcoming games over beer.
Screen Shot 2015-10-13 at 1.19.37 amSuddenly out of nowhere, your boss introduce the new kid in town, literally a new kid in town called Jane. And Jane is not from your country, in fact, this might be her first time in the country and your boss says she is now working in the office as part of the management team. She is what we called the foreign talent. She filled up a seat that most of the senior staff have been eyeing for months ever since the good old Heath retired. She doesn’t hang out with you all for a beer…

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