I blame Anne Frank for my obsession with documenting my life – shortly after reading her book I started my diaries. I was thirteen and I wrote them in Portuguese, my first language. I studied Literature for a semester in Rio as I wanted to be a journalist, but stopped it with a view of returning in two years, to go to London where my mother was doing her PhD. That was back in 1989 and I ended up staying here. I never became a journalist but I continued to write diaries on and off over the years.
Life directed me towards Software Development in a series of twists and turns and I graduated and worked as a programmer for 15 years until getting worn out by corporate world drudgery and moving on.
I also got into photography, getting myself a City & Guilds award in Professional Photography back in ’92, after studying full-time for a year. Back then I spent hour after hour in a darkroom! I still take photos, constantly, using the more instantly gratifying digital format.
This Blog is split into four-ish categories (a lot of the entries are still private, one day I will make them all public – maybe!):
* My teenage diaries – Starting in 1984. Filed under the ‘Diarios’ category. I’m still working through translating these.
* My First Year in London – The move to London in 1989 starts with a few days in Madrid… Filed under ‘My First Year In London’ category.
* “Family life…” – I started writing these for my son, when he was 5 months old, in 1999. Most of these are private or password protected.
* More general entries which don’t fit into any of the categories above, like travelling, recipes, plants…
I also practice capoeira and write about it here.