How was your trip to Portugal, Valerie Curtiss?
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.