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About juliamaja

With 28 I did the first non-linear thing in my life. After school, university and work without any interruptions – I quit my job and moved to Lisbon to find out what I want. The result: I write for a living, whether in Berlin or Lisbon. I am happy. Let's see how it goes.

Alfama Dog

This is a short story I wrote based in part but not entirely on real events. ____________________Alfama Dog_____________________ It was that special ache between heart and stomach that made me stop things. That ache that cannot be caused by the … Continue reading

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The Deal or: How I would love to say “fuck off” to someone just once

There are many reasons why TV shows such as Breaking Bad and The Big C are so popular. Or Sons of Anarchy, for that matter, a show I have become addicted to a year or so ago. But I only … Continue reading

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Lisbon again

Back in Lisbon for one day, more or less, and already had a lot of revelations. What is it about this place? I landed at noon, which means I left Berlin at 8 am, which means…well. I was quite crabby, … Continue reading

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Finding a country

Today, after a bad night, I decided to take a day just for myself, be alone, and do things that are good for me. I started with sleeping, and then having some tea. Not gulping down coffee, but enjoying every … Continue reading

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Random thoughts about Portuguese snack bars and old people

Today I went out for a nice Sunday lunch. I really like going out for lunch because, while I love restaurants, I sometimes feel a bit odd eating dinner alone. I do it a lot, for lack of friends who … Continue reading

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The Berlin rant

They say a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It is true. I have taken many journeys, and fully aware because the night before each trip I just do not sleep – whether it is going … Continue reading

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This is not a wrap up

I am standing on the vast parking lot of your typical Berlin Neukölln Lidl (is there anything uglier than innercity discount markets???). Hands deep in coat pockets, eyes closed, face raised to the sky. Someone touches my shoulder. I open … Continue reading

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