I am content with the simple, joyful, beautiful things in life.
I love and can’t live without sunshine.
I was lucky to be born and grow up among the trees
and along the coast of tiny Bermuda,
a beautiful archipelago northeast of the Caribbean.
My family’s roots there go back for generations
(10 through one grandfather and various generations through my other grandparents!).
Most of my family roots are in the Autonomous Region of the Azores,
colonized by Portugal many centuries ago.
We are people who love the salty ocean waters, fish, freshly baked bread and malasadas,
spending time surrounded by trees (my family name means ‘of the forest’),
sun and colourful, buzzing family gatherings.
(Am I scared of the “Bermuda’ Triangle”? Nope.
FYI: Its points are in three distinct places: Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda).
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I started to play the violin in a free program offered at my primary (elementary) school
and still play in different genres in orchestras and ensembles, wherever I go.
In September 2019, I began the cello.
Music is my way of relaxing and meeting amazingly creative people,
(but I have long taken joy in dabbling in the visual arts).
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My family moved to Canada with my family at age 11.
I was excited to move, but also knew I would miss my family and friends.
We moved to Canada as one of my grandmothers was born and raised here.
Upon moving, I had no idea that many diverse Indigenous peoples were still living
in the lands known internationally as Canada.
My dad promised that we would get a dog; I had always wanted a dog.
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First there was my little rascal Abby, adopted secretly by my parents after she showed up
at my school (and after I begged them to adopt her).
Two years after she left us, we adopted a very energetic Toby,
from my friends who were about to move far away.
About six-weeks before the first lockdown of COVID-19,
I adopted a very loveable senior gal named Mocha from the local SPCA.
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This blog will include my thoughts, work and travel experiences through photos, poetry and music.
I began writing it in late April 2013, the day after finishing
the last academic paper for my BA degree,
a glorious, carefree, day when the world was holding the doors wide open…
Whoever you are, wherever you are from and wherever you happen to find yourself now,
I hope we can exchange thoughts, opinions, ideas, tunes, quotes, etc.
I may do some posts the languages I know (and ones I am still learning)
¿Vale? Está bem? Allons-y, les amis! Andiamo…
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I have been tutoring and teaching for 13 years and have been a certified teacher since 2016. If you are interested in my private, pair or group language services (or translation or live interpretation), please read about my services here.