Morning coffee: things beneath the surface

If you’ve ever been to Portugal maybe you visited the caves in the Serra de Aires e Candeeiros region, in Central Portugal, nor far from Lisbon. If you haven’t I highly recommend you do!

Today I came across this article on the Portuguese edition of National Geographic which I found very interesting and wanted to share with you. It’s all in Portuguese but if you’re learning the language and feel brave it shouldn’t be too difficult, apart from a few more technical/scientific words. If you don’t know any Portuguese yet… you’re missing out on a lot of fun! 😀 Seriously though, Google Translate can give you a hand at understanding the article. If none of these options seem appealling you can just go and look at the pretty pictures.

Long story short, there are never before seen animals in Portuguese caves. The article focuses on the Algarve but there are other areas being studied: Arrábida, Montejunto, Sicó and the hills of Aire e Candeeiros. Among the new species there’s a pseudo-scorpion and a centipede, but those are only two in a total of 37 new animals discovered. The NG article also mentions the (obvious) importance of these animals in us having clean water.

Speaking of things beneath the surface I thought I’d bring you a song from a Portuguese guy that you may have heard about a few years ago, at the time of the Eurovision song contest. Just for the record, I don’t see why anyone still actually cares about this sort of event/contest (it’s the 21st century people!). Still, Salvador Sobral captured hearts all over the world with his frail shabby image and romantic song – which doesn’t really represent the stuff he usually sings. So here’s one of his *other* songs. Hope you like it!

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