volvo ocean race

It’s been some days fully dedicated to ports & ships! However, these are a little bit different from the ones I usually dedicate myself at home.

The Lisbon Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 was a great event, gathering the best ocean sailors in the world and great sailing moments.

pause?

As you may have noticed, news here have became an endangered species. I was expecting that closing the issue “research proposal” would invite me for a more relaxed period, but I was not thinking about complete stoppage of production. But that’s what has been happening, which on one hand is normal, on the other hand is not recommendable.

I haven’t been working in the thesis nor in the paper I must finish. Apart from work at my office (which has been a lot), I’ve been basically practicing sports, with sailing on Saturdays, basketball on Sundays and running everyday competing for my date. Running is taking the lead, as I’m preparing to run Lisbon Half Marathon in late March. It will be my first attempt at such a long distance, but I’m taking workouts seriously.

For my defence, there must also be said that during January there were still many season events going on, especially lunches and dinners that didn’t fit in December calendar. And theather – I’ve been enjoying going regularly.

Only thesing is missing.

back to school

I had my second supervision appointment yesterday, in a Friday entirely spent at IST. It’s good to be back to the school and being able to spend an entire day there, working for the project. It sure was productive.

The appointment went very well and we discussed many questions, including the draft version I had submitted this week. I got very good tips and ideas from my supervisor, which I’ll try to put in practice while preparing the thesis project. Otherwise, I’ll leave them for the research phase, as my deadline is approaching fast and I’m not sure whether I’ll have time to read & write everything I should.

This means I’ll have a busy weekend and busier times ahead – which means a balanced mix of work and sailing must be in place. And since that the weatherman is kind today, a Laser sailing afternoon is already scheduled.

Fair winds and following seas. Have a nice weekend.

america’s cup world series – 1st stop: cascais, portugal

The America’s Cup has finally arrived to Cascais, now on its circuit format. After a greyish first day, today’s races were fought under a magnificient, sunny, blue sky. Everyone is expecting a week-long competition between the two main candidates, but for this weekend, Emirates Team New Zealand beat their rivals from Oracle Racing. It’ll be a week packed with action and thank God we all know what we’ll have to focus on, right? Yes: on the New Zealander boat. Go, Kiwis!

editorial prospectus

I’m a transportation professional pursuing a PhD in Transportation Systems at IST – Technical University of Lisbon and currently working for APS – Port of Sines Authority, Portugal.

In 2007, I was granted a three-month internship at UNCTAD – United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, in Geneva, during which I should write my master’s thesis. In order to help me keeping track of time and sharing my days with friends & strangers, I decided to start a blog. Now that I’m beginning my PhD research, I thought about commiting the same mistake.

At this point, I’m still working on my research proposal and no definitive topic is set. Nevertheless, the thrust area will be ports and maritime transport, and the starting point is “Port Competition: Drivers and Boundaries of Integration for Shipping Lines and Terminal Operators”. Let’s see how this develops.

This blog is intended to serve as a diary of my research and day-to-day life during the forthcoming months. I’ll try to update it regularly and to post information about the progresses, doubts, and questions of my work. I will also post the nitty-gritty of living, working and looking at the Atlantic from the westernmost country of mainland Europe (and hopefully, from some other countries I’ll visit along the way). I don’t intend to lie.

My e-mail address is somewhere at the top-right corner of the blog and all messages are most welcome. Have fun.