Inês Malheiros: “It is important to come back to what is relevant to each person in particular and to reconnect with our inner self.”
Inês is a Yoga lover and a nurse studying Occupational Therapy in London. She was born and raised in Setúbal, a lovely city by the sea in Portugal. Her passion for Yoga has led her to improve her life quality and health. This way of living has made her pursue what’s important for her, living how a happy life, like she wants.
1 – How old were you when you moved to England? What was the main reason to move?
I was 23 years old when I moved to England. My primary reason to move was to find better work in my area, although I always wanted to live outside Portugal, at least for a while.
2 – What kind of cultural characteristics have you absorbed from England?
I don’t think I have absorbed specific characteristics from the country itself, because I live in London and there is a very wide variety of cultures. I believe there are small things I might have accepted as part of a culture in London and sometimes I adhere to it, like a fast pace when walking in the street and the “rules of using the tube”.
3 – Do you think your origins have influenced people around you?
I don’t think my origins have influenced a lot of people, since a lot of my peers are from Portugal as well. There are some things that might have influenced like having people from different countries wanting to try food from over the world.
4 – What are the biggest challenges of living in a foreign country?
The biggest challenges I found was the adaptation to a new lifestyle. When I first moved here, I moved to a smaller city in England and it wasn’t very easy to adapt to a place where everything closes at 5pm and you’re starting a new job etc. Also, being away from my family was very hard.
5 – Name the most positive aspects of London.
Thinking of work, the way it’s so much easier to find a job, to change jobs and to grow professionally. Also, the fact that is easier to go back to university here and the help that you might be given from the government to pay your studies, are very positive aspects that I have experienced.
6 – During this time in a foreign country what have you learned about the human being? What sets us apart from each other?
I would say that the main thing I have learned is about cultural differences, life experiences, environment and education. All of this plays an important role on how people develop, their believes and ideals. Not to say that people can’t change, but a lot of times, the person needs to be willing to change and accept that things might be different from what they always knew.
7 – What is missing in your home country that your current one has and vice versa?
Job opportunities, salaries and quality of life similar to what I can have here.
From my home country, what I am missing is the weather and the spontaneity and liveliness of people.
8 – Is there a favourite english dish you prefer?
I don’t have a favourite dish from the UK, I don’t think they have good cuisine in general, although I do like a nice Sunday Roast.
9 – Which stereotype doesn’t make sense about the United Kingdom?
That the trains and transports are always on time, it’s a lie.
10 – What were your biggest fears before you moved?
Just the fact that I was going to a small city. I knew London and Cambridge, but not much about other smaller cities. Also, although in my mind I had set a 2 years stay, I wasn’t 100% how long I was going for.
11 – From the legal point of view, was the social framework easy? Do you have any advice for someone moving in?
Just to be aware of what it’s necessary to work here. Information is easily available, but it’s important to be aware of things like taxes, as a lot of times people are taxed wrong.
12 – What is your favourite city spot in London?
Richmond Park and Hampstead Heath.
13 – Where do you feel “at home” in London? Is there a specific place?
I feel at home in my own house, with my partner or when I am with some friends.
14 – Do you have a favourite restaurant in London?
I have just discovered a new place you can eatm as well as being a shop, called Planet Organic, which I really liked. In terms of proper restaurants, there are some I like, for example, Wagamama, Pho or Wahaca.
15 – What is it for you to be real? / What defines you as a person?
To me it means to be honest about yourself. People can get lost in life, especially when there are a lot of things happening at the same time around them. Distractions, social life, etc. It is important to come back to what is relevant to each person in particular and to reconnect with our inner self.
London, United Kingdom
600 g dry salted cod fish (previously soaked)
1 kg potatoes
1 – 2 onions
2 garlic cloves
2 dl olive oil
Greated salsa to taste
Peper to taste
Black olives – optional
Cook the cod in boiling water. Once done, separate the fishbone and skin. Separate the fish meat into pieces.
Peel the potatoes, cut them into straw like pieces and fry them in oil, drain on absorbent paper and set.
Separately, chop the garlic, cut the onions into thin pieces and cook them in the oil, removing them with a spatula when they become translucent. In the same oil, fry the cod until a little hard. Then mix everything very well and remove from the heat.
Beat the eggs and season them with salt and pepper. Add them to the preparation. Return to the heat, stirring constantly with a spatula until the eggs coagulate, but in order to become soft.
Serve immediately on a heated platter, sprinkling with chopped parsley and garnishing with olives.