Please welcome my second guest in my weekly Portugal travel interview series, Valerie Curtiss. She’s the lady in the middle of the photo and has a remarkable story to tell.
Who are you? Could you tell us a little about yourself, please?
I was born in England during WWII, and my name is Valerie Da-Silva Curtiss. I am retired; was a medical transcriptionist and Quality Assurance Editor for 35 years. In 2005 I had a stroke, and have actually recovered amazingly, I couldn’t speak, couldn’t write, and had to draw my “wants and needs” to communicate. Now I write, paint, and love to take photographs and my passion for gardening shows up in all of those three, as I photograph flowers, paint them, and I was the garden columnist for The Whole Shebang, when I lived in Coos Bay, Oregon. Now I live in a little town in Montana and I just started to blog about Portugal on my My Passion for Portugal pages.
, by Erik Torkells and Budget Travel, I read Rick Steve’s Through the Back Door books on Portugal.