I was born in 1965, which in 2015 makes of me a well-preserved 50 years old man (hey, they say 50 is the new 30), but due to the timeless property of the Internet, if you are reading this in 2118 I’ll be 153 years old and no so well-preserved, unless immersed in a jar of formaldehyde.
My place of birth is a city in the south of Brazil called Porto Alegre. My grandfather was German and that earned me German citizenship as well.
I travelled for a good part of my life, but lived essentially in only 3 countries, which are Brazil, Germany and the UK. I’ve obtained an Electrical Engineering degree at the Federal University of Goiás in Brazil in 1988, but trust me, you wouldn’t like me in charge of your house’s electrical design as I have not worked on this field for over 20 years now. My professional life started back in the early 80’s when personal computing took off in Brazil (which was a few years after it did in more developed countries).
I learned to code in languages such as Basic, Dbase II/III, Clipper and Assembler. In my mid 20’s I decided to adventure a little out of my home country and did my fair share of crappy jobs cleaning, serving and waiting people in restaurants and bars, but nothing really much out of the ordinary. Also sold books and other artefacts door to door, which had its good and bad moments and I even was a public servant in Germany for a while. The “serious” roles I always kept coming back to was in education.
In fact, my very first job with a monthly salary was as a primary school teacher, teaching maths and physics. After I got my university degree, I started to work teaching service engineers how to support and maintain equipment produced by the company I was working for, in the telecommunication sector. I worked as an instructor in several companies, until situation forced me to change career paths and I became a certified Project Manager.
Well, there you have it! That is the extent of my professional life… I know, all extremely boring, but what did you expect? Lunar landings?
In my private life, marriages came and went, but they gave me 2 wonderful children. I still have important contributions to make in their lives and I put my parental responsibilities ahead of anything, being that work or my own desires. A lot of people say this, but I do try to act it. That doesn’t mean I have no time for myself, to do “stuff” that keeps me relatively sane, such as my humble cycling adventures.
So, cycling? Why not?
Some 4 or 5 years ago, after a routine examination, a doctor warned me that change was needed. I was already working from home for a few years back then. Working from home is cool, but many people don’t know that it can be challenging also.
One can easily enclose oneself indoors and run the risk of literally never leaving the house, especially if a partner or other family members leave everyday and conveniently bring what is needed at the end of the day. Left to its own devices this can bring a number of psychological problems, especially in people who are very accustomed with close personal contacts.
It becomes a life of professional “virtualities” in which all contact is made through phone conversations, emails and other “non-presential” ways. This can also very easily affect your personal life and can even turn a bit ugly as it did for me, being partly responsible for my failed marriage.
Following the doctor’s advice, I started slowly by walking every day, sometimes twice a day. Then I remembered I had an old bike in the garage. The bike was a bit rusty and quite heavy. I can still remember the feeling of exhilaration when I completed my first 10 Km (7 miles) bike ride. I then got a better bike, started to invest on bike / cycling gear and going out on bike runs for charity, like the London to Brighton cycle challenge organized by the British Heart Foundation.
My first experience with touring was a bike trip from my door step in the UK to the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 2014. Some of these past experiences I will be sharing here and I hope they can be of use to someone.
The idea of putting EyeCycled.com together was essentially to share my story and experiences with any like-minded people out there, not discarding the possibility to eventually turn it in a way of life. As the saying goes, “God helps those who help themselves”, I have always tried to do my part, but have also always left a portion of my future to faith. This is one of the things I am letting faith decide.