Life Journal

About this Blog

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 (UERJ) 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 at LSE. That was back in 1989 and I ended I liked it so much I stayed. I didn’t become 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 in London, in Computer Science, and worked as a programmer for 15 years until getting worn out by corporate world drudgery and moving on. I was also raising my son during those 15 years and beyond.

I also got into photography, getting myself a City & Guilds award in Professional Photography back in 1992, 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.
* My First Year in London – The move to London in 1989 starts with a few days in Madrid…
* “Family life…” – I started writing these for my son, when he was 5 months old, in 1999.
* More general entries which don’t fit into any of the categories above, like travelling, current affairs, recipes…

I also practice Capoeira and write about it here.

A map of some of the events in my life

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