Michelle has given us another interesting challenge, and I am looking forward to learn some more about the GPP players in this round. So, I will tell you a bit about myself. I live here and I was raised a few miles north in this even cosier little place (too cosy for me now…). In between, I lived or stayed in quite a few places, studied and learnt about languages and communication and worked as a conference interpreter for a few years. Want to see the places where I lived (or stayed more than 6 weeks in a row)?
- Coimbra, Portugal, 1984, 2 months (studying… the oldest university in Portugal and student’s “repúblicas” in a country still in slumber 10 years after the carnation revolution. Amazing how the country has changed since then…)
- Amsterdam, Holland (1986, 2 months) (internship … wonderful cultural experience; museums, theaters, Sundays at Vondelpark with free concerts)
- Campinas, Brazil, 1987 (6 months) (studying… Brazilian Literature and Sociology, and “batendo papo” – chatting – in order to learn better Portuguese)
- Porto Alegre, Brazil 1992 (4 months – guest lecturing at the University of UFRGS, besides getting to know the gaúcho life and sipping erva-mate)
- Miami, FL, 1997 – 1999 (2 years) (working … at the Latin America regional hub of the international company that employs me – a fun city, but also a crazy place to live)
- Boston, MA, 1998 (2 months) ( work assignment – really loved this city!)
- Bogota, Colombia, 1998 (2 months – work assignment)
After coming back from the US in 2000, I settled some, got married, had a son (2003), but continue “internationally biased” by working at the globalization department of our company: at our department 600 people from several dozen nations are working together in teams spread over the continents. It is really exciting to be part of such a multicultural environment!
Nonetheless, besides making a living by working in software solution management, I do need a creative vent and therefore enjoy getting my hands on some stamps, paints and papers!