Unforseen Complications

Since Friday last week I have been suffering from the after effects of what most likely was heat exhaustion. On the night of Thursday the 27th of June it was very hot and at this point in time I had not yet adjusted to the prevalent heat conditions currently in Portugal (as I am writing this, they predict temperatures of up to 40 degrees celcius for the day). I was sleeping in a closed room with no air-conditioning and it was essentially like sleeping in an oven. I believe I woke up potentially dehydrated, dripping with sweat and with a headache. Like a boss I proceeded to work out and drink a lot of water and actually felt pretty well after that (retrospectively working out was not the best of ideas). However, for the next couple of days I felt overly hot most of the time. I would have a mild burning sensation on my skin that would come in waves. My symptoms were very deceptive as it was also hot outside, so when I would ask people whether or not they thought it was hot and that I thought I might have a fever, they naturally agreed and dismissed that I could be feeling hot due to sickness. Also, during my sessions of poker, I would feel as though I was tilted due to the heightened sensation of feeling hot and it would also correlate with my results. 

Over the years, I have learned to think that I am fine and that I don’t need medical assistance most of the time. I believe this is due to experiences I have had with doctors when I was growing up, with them telling me that I am fine when I thought I was not. In any case, after seeking input from friends and family, I came to the conclusion that I may be suffering from heat stroke, which can be fatal and lead to brain damage. Brain damage was all I needed to hear really, so I phoned up the hospital CUF Descobertas near Parque das Nacoes here in Lisbon and arranged to see a doctor. They couldn’t get me in soon enough though, so I ended up going to the ER to get checked out. I was sort of dreading this, because of having to speak Portuguese and dealing with my health insurance which I have never used before, but I really didn’t see any other reasonable option. It turned out well in the end, I was able to speak to a doctor that could speak English. His initial diagnosis was that I may be suffering from heat stroke, but that I wasn’t dehydrated or had a fever, which were good signs. They did some blood analysis which showed up okay, as they were considering giving me some nutrients per IV that I may have lost due to excessive sweating. I ended up being prescribed electrolytes that can be taken orally, dissolved in water and Paracetamol to deal with the feeling of excessive heat. I am also to avoid heat and strenuous exercise for the week to come.
A funny side note: The doctor said muscle enzymes in my blood would indicate that I am suffering from heat stroke, which I guess is a medical way of saying: “Do you even lift bro?”. To clarify, muscle enzymes in the blood are common in people who practice weight resistance training.
All this being said, this definitely made me think about planning for the unknown. You really need to plan for the randomness/misjudgement factor. What I’ve had to deal with is not something I was able to anticipate. I feel as though I am above average resilient to heat (by standards of the countries that I have previously lived in) and have been in very hot climates before (chiefly Nevada and Dubai). I have however always had sufficient air-conditioning in those regions, so I’ve always had that escape from the heat. In my apartment I sort of have to endure the heat. I even have some air-conditioning in my place. There is an A/C unit in my living room and I have a reasonably strong table fan from Rowenta. Due to this, I am considering looking for a new place at the end of my current renting contract, which ends at the end of October. I need at least a place with solid blinds if I plan to block out the impact of direct sunlight during the hottest hours of the day.
Another effect of the heat and my living situation is that I am sort of forced to alter my sleeping rhythm. It makes sense for me to be in my apartment during the coolest hours of the day and to also work during these hours. I believe the lowest heat is at 3 am and I should sleep with my windows open due to insufficient cooling, but also to allow the heat to dissipate in my apartment. Doing this will lead me to waking around sunrise, which is currently at 06:19. If I go to bed around 1-2 am on average, this could leave me tired on some days, so what I will then do is take 20 minute naps as I see fit. This may not be ideal for me, however I am happy to sleep this way as things currently stand. I’d much rather sleep 5 hours well than longer and poorly.
All in all, I am starting to feel a bit better again. The burning sensation has gone and my overall perception of heat seems to be improving. In a way I am happy to have made these experiences and am grateful to have learnt something in the process.
Daniell

Early Summer Update

Time to sneak in a blog post while we are still in June. I’ve been playing and socializing a lot this month, which is why I haven’t gotten round to updating my blog. I’ve been having  a lot of fun meeting new people and experiencing new things, even though this has lead me to frequently working off of five hours of sleep. This is not ideal as it increases volatility in my results and also decreases overall efficiency, but it’s still better than not working at all and I believe it is simply something that you have to accept if you want to maintain an active social life, at least when that involves night life activities.  

It seems that the main places for going out here in Lisbon, at least as far as bars are concerned, are Bairro Alto and Bica, which is where I’ve been primarily going out with the new friends I’ve made here. I believe the main clubs are called Cais and Lux, which I have yet to visit, but are definetly on my to-do list. I’m not a big club guy, but can appreciate a nice venue.
I’ve been squeezing in the occasional sightseeing trip, when I have had time, and have recently picked up a copy of Timeout magazine’s guide for Lisbon, which I think is really good for restaurants and current events in particular, but also has some interesting sightseeing tips.
There are a lot of festivals and festivities during the Summer months here. I recently had the pleasure of visiting Lisbon’s Sardine Festival, which is more formally called The Feast of St Anthony. Essentially it’s one massive street festival with a parade on one of the days on Avenida da Liberdade, where a lot of grilled food is eaten with bread. It’s primarily sardines and bread, but they also have bifanas, entreadas and churros (pork, pork and doughnut-like pastry).
The festivities lasted for three days and were a lot of fun. I would definetly recommend them to anybody coming out around June 12th-14th which is when they are at.
Woman Grilling in Alfama

Woman Grilling in Alfama

Sardine Festival in Alfama

Sardine Festival in Alfama

Alfama rooftops during Sardine Festival

Alfama rooftops during Sardine Festival

I also had the opportunity to watch Portugal play Russia in a qualifier for the World Cup of football in Brasil next year. I feel as though I got a relatively good deal on some tickets, considering how late I bought them. I’m also pretty sure I sat close to the legendary Eusebio.
Russia Portugal Match

Russia Portugal Match

Right now, I believe the next thing on the agenda are Summer music festivals. I’ve heard particularly good things about Optimus Alive which I actually intended to visit last year as part of a sort of scouting trip to Lisbon, but ended up not being able to make it due to a trip with friends to Italy. I might look into it or otherwise just keep an open eye and keep on flicking through my Timeout to see if anything sparks my interest.
I feel like I have a good balance going right now between work, socializing and health and hope to continue to work on all three of these areas. Poker has been good so far, but not great. I hit a bit of rough patch shortly after the Sardine festival, but still wanted to keep playing due to promotions that were running at the time. This was slightly stressful for some time, but I think it was just due to a leak in my mindset that had resulted from running above expectation for some time and deviating from my core mindset that got me there in the first place. I’ve since then corrected these flaws and have returned to a more stable, less results-oriented way of thinking which I believe leads to more happiness overall.
I’ll try and keep these blog posts coming whenever I feel as though I have enough interesting things to write about. I also have some non-travel/day-to-day life related things that I want to blog about, but had sort of put to the side due to time constraints and wanting to blog more about current events.
I’ll leave you with some miscellaneous pictures from Portugal that did not make it into the main part of the post, but I would still like to share. All the best.
Port and Castle in Belem

Port and Castle in Belem

Church in Belem

Church in Belem

Chruch Door in Belem

Chruch Door in Belem

Safety Warning From the Lift in My Apartment Building

Safety warning from the lift in my apartment building

Lost in Esplanda Cafe Lisbon

Lost in Esplanda Cafe Lisbon

Explorers in Belem

Explorers in Belem

Street Party near Anjos during Sardine Festival

Street Party near Anjos during Sardine Festival

Train Station near Restauradores

Train Station near Restauradores

View from Street Cafe on Avenida da Liberdade

View from Street Cafe on Avenida da Liberdade

View from Lost in Esplanda Cafe

View from Lost in Esplanda Cafe

View towards Marques do Pombal

View towards Marques do Pombal

Portugal May Update

I feel bad for not updating my blog sooner. Ideally I would have liked to have at least posted a weekly update about my whereabouts and plans. I think that naturally I have been very preoccupied with finding an apartment in a timely fashion, so it ended up frequently slipping my mind to write up a blog post when I would have had time and energy to do so. Also, when you are constantly engaged in some activity or another time goes by very quickly, so I didn’t realize how much time had passed between now and my last update. 

Taking off from where I last left things in my last blog post, I did end up leaving Oeiras for Lisbon city. I felt very idle in Oeiras, because I wasn’t getting a lot of replies to my emails and I also got declined for one apartment that I looked at, which I am glad of in retrospect, since it would have been a large investment and my interest was partially due to the pressures of finding something in a timely fashion. It was a good place though. Very big for what I would have paid for it and in a very good condition as well as well situated. The downside was that the landlord only wanted to rent for 12 months minimum and it had no furniture or washing machine.
In Lisbon I was staying at Hotel DAH in Alameda (http://www.hoteldah.com/). It had the best price/value at the time when I was looking for hotels in the city centre. All I really wanted was a safe and clean place to sleep with a shower and Internet access. It turned out having those things more or less, but the Internet was not very stable and would cut out for quite some time. This was problematic as it hindered my ability to search for properties and there actually aren’t that many cafes with Internet access here in Lisbon compared to other major cities. What I ended up doing was figuring out areas that I had heard good things about and then taking the metro there and just walking around and looking for apartments with “to let” (arrenda-se or aluga-se typically) signs in the window. I started off by going to the metro station Saldanha as I remembered Sly Caveat on 2+2 posting that he would recommend the hotel VIP Saldanha as a home base for looking for apartments in Lisbon. The area was pretty nice and I ended up walking around Saldanha until I reached Sao Sebastiao.

Map of Lisbon city centre near Sao Sebastiao

Map of Lisbon city centre near Sao Sebastiao

In Sao Sebastiao they have a large shopping mall called El Corte Ingles (http://www.elcorteingles.pt/informacao/localizacao_horarios.asp) that has free Internet access in the eating area. I ended up coming here frequently with the metro to get quick food on the go (Also not as common as you might think in comparison, assuming you want to eat something else besides a sandwich.) and to access the Internet. Another option for accessing the Internet is to look for a hotspot, such as the one I am currently using (The network is called ZON_FON_FREE_INTERNET and you can pay by credit card. It’s free only if you have a ZON Internet contract.).
I ended up liking the Sao Sebastiao area and decided to focus on finding a place in that area. I think it is best to just find something you like and then focus on that specific part of the real estate market, otherwise it can quickly become overwhelming and discouraging. At least that is how I felt at times. At this point I also started figuring out how to game the search engines a little bit. My strategy was to fire up a couple of the main sites and then filter by date released and aggressively target places I liked that weren’t older than two weeks by first of all checking to see if they were listed at multiple prices and selecting the cheapest one and then making some aggressive bids trying to take control of the negotiation and basically saving time in the process by weeding out people that weren’t interested in my proposal for one reason or another. I ended up getting a viewing for a place I was interested in in Sao Sebastiao fairly quickly and ended up taking the place after negotiating the lease contract. The apartment was favourable as the rent was in an acceptable range, the landlord and real estate agent seemed competent and honest and they were ok with me being a poker player. So in brief, that is how my apartment search went and after roughly 12 days in total of being in Portugal, I was able to find a place. I’m pretty happy with my place, though it is not all upside. I’ve been waiting on Internet since the 1st of May. A guy came last week on Thursday, but said that there was an issue with the cabling and sent me to a place that I believe was in Oeiras (Leroy Merlin next to or in Loja de Alfragide), to buy some sort of protective cable tubes. This took a lot of time, but was an interesting trip. Some of the buses here have some serious G-force action going on when you are standing. The Internet guy should be back tomorrow and then hopefully install my connection. This has had a pretty large effect on the volume I have been able to put in as I have been avoiding playing on the hotspot I’ve been using due to stability issues (I’ve been folded holding the effective nuts on the river, just about to put in a checkraise) and have only really been able to play when at a friend’s place that isn’t super far away, but does require some time to get to.
Another issue I have is that there seems to be some smell issue in the entrance of the apartment which I think is related to old plumbing. It smells like rusty water. The landlord said the smell would go once water is running, but it didn’t go completely, it just improved. This might be reason enough to look for another place at the end of my six month contract should I plan to stay in Lisbon. I will have to see how it develops and if there is something that can be done about it.
I’ve actually experienced a lot in the short time I’ve been here, despite having been concerned with finding an apartment. I could probably fill another blog post like this. I really enjoy being here, even though it was stressful at times due to the uncertainty of how long it would take me to find a place and also due to having to deal with a not overly competent bureaucracy in a foreign language (no offence intended to the Portuguese readers reading this  :)). It’s also more motivating to work in an environment that one deems more worthwhile to live in.
I’m going to end this post with some photos of my surroundings and a video from a dance that is popular here called Kizomba and that I’ve had the pleasure of visiting a workshop for. I may be off on some of the picture descriptions as a lot of the times I wasn’t conciously going to places, but wandering around trying to feel out the area and taking pictures of interesting things:
View from hidden cafe

View from hidden cafe

Fountain near city centre

Fountain near city centre

Park in Alameda

Park in Alameda

Port near Cais do Sodre

Port near Cais do Sodre

Fountain near Hotel DAH

Fountain near Hotel DAH

Park near El Corte Ingles

Park near El Corte Ingles

Baixa Chiado area

Baixa Chiado area

Alfma

Alfma

Early Impressions

I just wanted to post a brief update on what has happend so far. Essentially I arrived on Wednesday even though I was supposed to arrive on Tuesday. This was due to some fog in the Channel Islands which lead to the cancellation of my flight. I had however scheduled my flight with enough time to allow for some delay and I would have made my connection flight to Lisbon had it not been for further delay on the next available flight. This meant that instead of staying an extra day on the Channel Islands, I had to now stay in a hotel at London Gatwick. I ended up staying in the newly built Premier Inn hotel at the North Terminal, which was actually nicer than I expected. Had a Vegasy feel to it.

In any case I am now in Hotel Real Oeiras in Oeiras, Lisbon. Thanks to some help from my friend Gabriel, D33P on 2+2, I’ve been able to navigate myself fairly well around the area.
The area itself is very nice and peaceful. The weather right now is also very good, though one has to be careful in the sun as it is slightly windy so it’s full impact is likely understated.
After a couple of reschedules, I now have an appointment today at 18:00 to view a place in Oeiras. Nothing too fancy, though well situated and at a good price. Right now my main concern is to find a decent place where I can just set up shop and then take it from there.
I’ve seen some pretty nice places, but they have no furniture or living appliances in them and some may require a car for transportation. I’m trying to keep my investments to a minimum at this point as it is not clear in which direction the government will take poker legislation. Though I feel somewhat confident that there will be at least six more months of unregulated online poker in Portugal at this stage and likely more. Regulation may also not be unfavourable such that I would be inclined to stay, so we’ll see. There are a lot of ifs and maybes at this point.
For the next part of my blog I thought I would try something different and go for a quick question segment with brief answers, followed by some pictures of interesting things I’ve seen so far so here we go:
Internet?
– Download speeds seem above average at this point for Oeiras, Lisbon (compared to Austria and UK). Ping was fairly bad playing League of Legends (~150). Overall coverage is supposed to very good and above average in EU.
Is it easy to get by without knowledge of Portuguese?
– Yes, I think you can live here without speaking Portuguese, however I am not sure I would want to. It definitely limits your ability to interact with the populace and not even all young people can hold a conversation in English. I’ve already met two mid 20s males that could not speak English and they were working in gastronomy.
In contrast though I have met people with very high English skills from whom you might not have expected it.
Infrastructure?
– Seems pretty decent from what I’ve seen so far. Definitely everything is available that a modern day person needs. Where I am currently situated I have access to high speed internet, a shopping mall, health centre, park, transportation, et cetera et cetera.
Are people friendly?
– Yes, they are friendly. They are also laid back. Can’t comment much more than that at this point.
Is it easy to find a place to live in?
– I don’t think it’s hard, but I feel it’s more difficult than I expected based on the impression I was getting from people that already moved here. This may also be due to my current location or budget. If I were closer to where the action is, i.e. Lisbon city centre, I would probably be meeting more people with knowledge of available places and be encountering more places with “to let” signs in the windows. My current hotel is booked until the 23rd, so depending on what happens today after I view this apartment, I may decide to get a hotel nearer to Lisbon city centre and try looking at some places from there or prolong my current booking.
Is it expensive?
– I definitely feel that it is below average for European standards. Much cheaper than UK I think and also cheaper than Spain for example (compared to Valencia, Madrid and Barcelona). I think you get a decent bang for your buck here, which is why it’s an attractive place to live for a poker player as you are not dependent on the local job market, which isn’t very good at the moment.
Food?
– Pretty decent selection of food so far (I am close to a food court though). Haven’t tasted a lot of local cuisine yet, though have gone for steak Portugese style when I arrived with Gabriel. The coffee is very nice. I almost feel offended in the UK when I order a cappucino and they serve it to me in what seems to be a 0,33l cup. Here normal coffee is like an espresso and it is very satisfying.

Parque de Poetas

Parque de Poetas 2

Tram connecting Paco de Arcos station with Parque Oeiras mall

View from my hotel

Shot from Lisbon city centre near Chiado quater

Daniell

My Ideal Schedule

Naturally I think a lot about efficiency, productivity and work-life-balance. What I consider to be ideal regarding these issues changes all the time. It also depends on my current living situation and level of social activity.
From my experience with other players, very few have actual schedules that they follow strictly. Some will have an idea of what they want to achieve on a daily basis and then follow that idea loosely, whereas others will intentionally try not to follow any sort of schedule whatsoever.
I am somewhere in-between the first case of a strict scheduler and somebody who loosely trys to follow a schedule.
I am fully capable of following a strict schedule, almost to a fault. I actually think I have harmed myself in the past by being too strict. This manifested itself as passing up on unique social interactions, living an unhealthy lifestyle, a decrease in my earnings or simply not allowing myself enough time to create distance between whatever it was I was working on at the time and myself so that I could potentialy detect where I was maybe spending too much time on things that didn’t matter or were potentially harmful. I think this came from a place of trying to brute-force results and in doing so also try to shortcut my way to success, which I now think is a flawed approach as it is neither fulfilling nor necessarily productive. By this I don’t mean that you shouldn’t work hard on whatever it is you are trying to achieve, but as the Germans would say, you shouldn’t try to get something done by slamming your head through a wall.
That being said, it is important to me that my schedule allows me enough time to reflect on my work and also on my life so that I can maintain a sort of mental flexibility and agility to reevaluate whatever it is I am doing as time goes on and also to be alert enough to seize new opportunities as they arise, should I wish to do so.
I would like to say this is the most important concept in scheduling to me, but health has to come first. I think being mentally and physically healthy should lay the foundation for all we do, with an emphasis on mental health first.
Mental health is a complex issue and I’m probably not the most qualified person to give out strong recommendations on the issue, but I think being mentally healthy is a continuous process of self-development and self-improvement and does not lend itself to simple solutions, but rather must be dealt with on a case by case basis.
Physical health however is much more simpler and easier to create structured guidelines for. Essentially to what extent you want to maintain your physical health depends on the individual, but I think at the very minimum one should do some form of cardiovascular excercise (such as walking for thirty minutes every day), make sure that one drinks enough water, eats healthy food (on average) and sleeps enough. It really doesn’t get more complicated than that, but I think once you start doing less than that or less than some equivalent of that, you start to get into physically unhealthy territory.
Something I’ve been contemplating doing for some time, which relates to mental health, is meditation. I have tried it in the past for several days, but ended up only remembering to do it on and off, so wasn’t able to see any potential long-term benefits. I think that in this ADD day and age, daily 20-minute meditation sessions could be very beneficial for piece of mind and also focus of mind.

Young Bobby Fischer

I believe that in the past people were much more likely to engage in activities that involved meditation-like states, such as fishing or walking by the country side. Today it is like we are always jacked-in and bombarded with information and doing less is considered something to be avoided, a waste of time, but I think the potential upside on well-being could be fairly large.
So all this being said, here is what I currently think my ideal schedule should look like:
  • Go for a 30-minute walk
  • Meditate for 20 minutes
  • Study poker and or related topics
  • Eat healthy food
  • Play poker
  • Socialize
  • Relax and read up on topic of interest (mainly in form of books that are either non-fiction or fiction)
  • Healthy amount of sleep
This isn’t meant to be considered a strict time schedule which is why I omitted times when certain events happen. It should be seen more as what I think an ideal schedule/daily routine would look like for me. If I could do these things on every working day, I know I would be a very healthy and balanced person. I currently also take every 4th day off. I like to do this so that I ensure that a) I don’t burn out and b) I make sure I have time for eventualities and exploring other areas of interest (such as writing this blog right now). I will also usually engage in some sort of sports activity where I can work around my knee injury. Right now this is doing various kettlebell and body weight excercises in form of circuit training, but I hope to be able to include some surfing in the near future.
Daniell
Film recommendation:

Le Fableux Destin d’Amelie film poster

This film came out in 2001 and I’ve been meaning to watch it for some time now. I’m really glad I eventually got round to watching it. It’s definetly a different experience to your average Hollywood movie (which I think is what the majority of us are accustomed to), but in any case a worthwhile one.

Oeiras

I’ve narrowed down my search to Oeiras, which is in the south of Lisbon by the beach (there is a map of Lisbon in my last blog post which you can find here). Originally I actually wanted to stay in Ericeira which is in Mafra. The reason I initially chose Ericeira was because I thought it would be nice to have a place directly by the beach and near a good surf spot, which I am told Ericeira is.
However, due to a knee injury I suffered in the past, I think it would be optimistic to think I could surf on a daily basis. I tested this hypothesis by longboarding and snowboarding when I still lived in Austria last year and I think I will definetly be able to surf on selected days, but not daily. If I will have to take days off from surfing regularly, I would rather be better situated in a place that is closer to the Lisbon district, which holds true for Oeiras. Another benefit of Oeiras is that it contains one of Portugal’s technology centres in form of Taguspark. Technology is an interest of mine and potentially a field that I could see myself working in if I weren’t currently involved in Poker. I think it can’t hurt to be located near your area of interest.
All this being said, this is where my current plans lie to look for an apartment when I get to Lisbon. When I touch base in Oeiras, I will be looking at the area and feeling it out at first, so nothing is set in stone just yet. Also depending on how long I choose to get my lease for, I might look to relocate at some point. I think this is all the planning that I can really do at this point without being personally present.
I’m not quite on schedule regarding my audio cd language courses, so I have some catching up to do. But I have decided to try an alternative learning technique by reading “The Alchemist” in Portuguese, which is the language in which it was originally written by Paolo Coelho.
 O Alquimista
I’m not sure how this is gonna work out since I have basically never read anything in Portuguese before, but the idea is that I read it with the English copy on the side and in doing so learn about the structure and vocabulary of Portuguese and the parallels and differences between English and Portuguese. The idea behind this comes from reading one of Tim Ferriss’s blog posts on how he learns languages. If I am not mistaken, it was this blogpost: http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2009/01/20/learning-language/ in which Tim mentioned it. I will see how that works out.
On a related note, I’ve also started reading Mastery by Robert Greene. I’ve had high expectations for this book and so far it hasn’t disappointed. It’s part biographical, part self-improvement, so if you’re interested in those topics, I would highly recommend it.
Daniell

Portugal

I will be flying out to Portugal on the 16th of April to look for an apartment in Lisbon. I had actually planned to make this move last year, but was unable to complete it due to complications at Uni and travelling elsewhere in the Summer, plus I also had a lot of catching up to do with my poker game so I had some more immediate issues to tend to.
Right now I’m making preparations regarding my move. These include figuring out where to stay initially when I’m looking for a place to stay, but also stuff like learning some basic Portuguese. I’ve also been trying to look at appartments while still in the Channel Islands, but seems that I won’t get much feedback from landlords/real estate agents that way. Most people I’ve spoken to have also confirmed this suspicion of mine that you actually need to be in Portugal to get anything done in that regard.
2+2 has been very helpful in obtaining intel on where to live, what to avoid etc. I think this thread: http://forumserver.twoplustwo.com/92/travel/ask-me-about-portugal-1025113/ is a good place to start for anybody interested in finding out more about Portugal from a poker player’s perspective. I’ve also been told googling “expat forums Portugal” can get you some good forum resources.

Initially I was looking to stay in Oeiras, which is in the south of Lisbon and by the beach. Here is a map of Lisbon and it’s districts:

distrito-de-lisboa-mapa
The reason I chose this area is because I read on Wikipedia that this is where Portugal’s main tech hub is. I am very interested in technology and startup business, as I follow this in my spare time, so it was a natural chocie for me, especially since it is also near the beach.
I am however not so sure anymore as some people chimed in over on 2+2 that they do not find Oeiras ideal to live due to it’s locatin and would recommend something more central in Lisbon such as Bica or Chiado (which I belive are areas in the Lisbon district of Lisbon that are very centrally located).
I guess at the end of the day I really just have to get to the areas I’ve been looking at and walk around/sit in some cafes and see how I feel about them.
Poker has been very interesting/exciting lately. I’m still really enjoying PLO and learning about the game, but also now, more than ever, learning about poker. I guess now that I have more sophistication in my way of looking at and thinking about the game, the more interesting it is getting and the more what I learn becomes applicable to other fields outside of poker which is a nice side effect. I definetly think that the way I switched from NLHE to PLO was crazy from a financial standpoint, but definetly very +ev from a happiness standpoint. I simply wasn’t enjoying poker at the time and as I’m sure many will agree, buying happiness isn’t easy, especially not with the sums I was dealing with.
This will be all for now, still have a lot of preparing to do. I’m really a little worried about the language though I’m sure I will be able to communicate with a lot of people in central Lisbon in English should it be necessary. I’ve been studying Michel Thomas audio CDs (Total Portuguese), which I think is a great way of learning how to communicate verbally in a very short period of time, but it would also be nice to have some written language skills, which I know may not be able to be acquired so quickly, though I guess it may not be as much of an issue, because usually when writing emails and similar you have a lot of resources at your desposal and more time.
Daniell
Bonus: Just saw this movie recently: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1772925/?ref_=sr_1 definetly recommend to anybody who is a fan of sushi.