I have missed a few days — been so busy.
I am nobody so why would you want to read anything I write, right?
To be honest I am writing for me. I want to practice writing as much as I can, and an online diary seems like the way to go.
So who am I and what exactly do I do?
I came to Portugal to live in 1989. I learned the language within the first year. I have two children and I have been separated from my ex for 10 years, after a 20 year relationship. (More about that in another post.)
I want to write about my experiences here as I think they will show another side of life here. It hasn’t been easy but in today’s post I just want to say a little about what I do.
I am an artist. I actually hate saying that. A correct statement would be I like to paint and draw. I have made money from my artwork and it has paid my rent on occasions. But I don’t have a studio and I am not in dungarees covered in paint all the time — so I can’t really say I am an artist.
My thing is maps. I love drawing maps and I specialise in personal maps. Here is an example.
These maps can incorporate, where a person was born, went to university and worked, or even lived throughout their life. They are often commissioned as gifts.
I have done more commercial kind of work — but maps are the thing I really enjoy.
I also like singing. I can play the guitar a little but not like a pro! I am currently part of a duo, called Blue Cactus and also a six peice band called Straw House.
Both these projects are fairly recent. I have been with Straw House for nearly a year and with Blue Cactus for about six months.
They are both very different styles. Gig dates coming soon!
Before that I was trying it out on my own. I wrote a few songs too!
I have tried to be versatile throughout my life and have put my hand to many things. In order to survive you have to wear many hats and I have a closet full of them.
From PA to a British Lord to an Amy Winehouse Tribute it has all been quite an experience.
One of my other passions is the Portuguese language and over the last 20 years I have been teaching foreigners to speak Portuguese. I developed a Six Week Program that has excellent results. Based on learning Portuguese as a second language. This course can be done in person or online — there are actually two full courses online. You can check out the courses here: www.portugueseinsixweeks.com
Have other hobbies, but too many to list.
What do you like doing? Have you picked up any new hobbies since moving here?