As a student from Aveiro and this city having all the luminosity which the salt-pans along the coastal delta of the river Vouga make the sun reflect its light and render colours more vivid, I always though of becoming a painter and was preparing myself to become one. Unfortunately my father died and I had to shift my life-train lines and get on the foreign language teaching bad wagon. English and Portuguese sounded fine, and there was a great demand at the time. The fact that Aveiro is relatively small and flat, was also an economic reason to do my degrees here and also finding a job in the same place. Painting, for quite a long time, has been relegated to when I get retired, where I will get to make a mess of the space around me with oils and acrylics. I also enjoy drawing with charcoal and pastels, so, we'll see what the future has reserved for me. Wood carving, stone sculpting and working with clay is another passion, so you can see I will be very busy. I will keep apace with Apple technologies, as I am a fan and translation, which I tend to do from time to time. Knowing the languages you are working with and the subject being dealt with are not only a way to keep up with what is happening in the field – it is essential if you want other people to understand what you've written. I am 54 now. So I can safely say that I reached a point in my life that allows me self respect and to expect respect from others. I am a very liberal sort of person as far as personal relationships work, but I set boundaries, however flexible thy may be. I like punctuality, not failing compromises, open-mindedness and honesty as basic life principles. I hate being stared at, especially if I feel I am being scrutinised because of my looks (I am disabled and therefore my torso is much more developed than my legs) and I hate gratuitous generosity based on those very same grounds. I like recognition for merit and I recognise people who work with and for me using the same measurement scale.