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Alexandra Figueiredo is a journalist and communication consultant with a postgraduation in Psychological Assessment. She's specialized in health journalism and in medical and scientific consultancy. Worked as a radio newscaster and was journalist at SIC Notícias, Expresso, and in two RTP programs, between others. Also coordinated a health program for RTP TV channel. She won several poetry contests, having published poems. She was director of a solidarity association chaired by the former Minister of Health Ana Jorge and was press advisor for the former President of the Portuguese Republic, Dr. Jorge Sampaio, during his time as Ambassador of Tuberculosis in the World. You can follow Alexandra on Instagram.

28 December 2021

Why is Bom Jesus do Monte an unparalleled monument with a unique history

The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, in Braga, Portugal, has over 500 steps, 20 fountains and 32 statues. It still features 19 chapels on the […]
24 December 2021

The most beautiful Christmas legends

Christmas is a religious celebration in which Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. Christmas has, since the Roman Empire, been a clash between religious and pagan […]
24 December 2021

4 quirky Christmas traditions from around the world

Decorating the Christmas tree, waiting for Santa on Christmas Eve, exchanging presents and eating with the family… Those are all classical activities that everybody knows. But […]
22 December 2021

20 Greatest Christmas movies of all time

Christmas 2020 is certainly an unusual time, with many separated from loved ones or spending the festive season slightly differently to how they planned. Christmas movies […]
21 December 2021

Where is Santa Claus from?

An old man dressed in red rides a sleigh pulled by reindeer and delivers toys to children in their sleep. He enjoys climbing down chimneys and […]
16 December 2021

Balkan Trafik! 2022 to be held outdoors in the very heart of Brussels and Namur

Following two editions that were held online due to the health crisis, Balkan Trafik’s festival producer and programmer Nicolas Wieërs wanted to pull out all the stops with […]
15 December 2021

Discover the world’s 15 most beloved university libraries

There’s something about books we can’t resist – especially the old ones. Even if you’re someone who doesn’t really like to read, you can’t deny the […]
15 December 2021

Dinosaur in London wears a Christmas sweater and starts a fashion trend

The Tyrannosaurus Rex at the Natural History Museum in London is ready for Christmas donning a Christmas sweater created especially for him. The animatronic T.rex wears […]
10 December 2021

Festivals hope to “shine a light” this Christmas in Belgium

News about the Omicron variant has cast yet more gloom and dismay and thrown Christmas plans into disarray for countless people. The developments threaten to scupper […]
9 December 2021

10 books to buy as Christmas gifts this year

The Holiday Season is around the corner and the pace of our day-to-day responsibilities will hopefully start to slow down. We will have more time to […]
8 December 2021

Do you know the story of the bunker where Churchill hid during World War II?

Protecting the leaders, the decision makers, has always been a priority objective in any war. At the same they have to be in communication, close to […]
8 December 2021

Dutch are the best non-native English speakers in the world

For the third year in a row, Dutch people were ranked as the best non-native English speakers. The results were presented by a report by EF […]
6 December 2021

10 Surprising facts about Christmas in the Netherlands

The Netherlands, like every other Christian country in the world, has its own traditions. Some are similar if not identical to those of other countries. Some […]
6 December 2021

5 books to gift to the travel lover in your life

Christmas is coming, that’s for sure. Temperatures are dropping, the days are getting shorter quickly and one look at you town square should suffice to tell […]
6 December 2021

Stromae announces 3 concerts in Brussels, Paris, and Amsterdam

Stromae has announced that he is finally making his return on stage after 3 years. The popular singer known for the hits “Alors on danse”, “Papaoutai” […]
6 December 2021

Should the Netherlands and Belgium ban ‘Black Pete’?

Every year, the Christmas season in the Netherlands and Belgium is marked by discussions about the controversial tradition of “Zwarte Piet” (Black Pete).  Even this year, […]
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