“Ask for the dentist, they will take you to me, I am the only dentist in the island. I was living in São Paulo tired of all the violence and decided to move to Portugal, as all Brazilians do. I arrived in Portugal with 2000$ in my hand and nothing else. I knew nobody but quickly I found myself a job in Mogadouro. I loved my life there, small village, nice people and very quiet. I met my girlfriend at the time but things didn´t go well, some jealousy problems, and in a small village these kind of problems aren´t easy to solve, so I decided to move to Lisbon in an attempt to work out my relationship. In the end it didn´t work out, jealousy follows you wherever you go. So, I was in Lisbon, no job, living in a small room with nothing but a microwave and rats. After 6 months of that disgusting room, I got my permit to work in Lisbon, but I wasn´t happy in Lisbon. And then one day I met a Brazilian dentist that had a permit to work in the Azores but she didn´t want to go, she wanted to stay in Lisbon. She asked me if I was willing to swap places. I agreed to her proposition, arrived to S.Miguel, met my new boss that asked me in which island I wanted to work, and I told me I wanted to go to an island where there were no dentists. So, the following day I was moving to Graciosa Island where I have been living for the last 12 years. I bought the business from my boss, and I love living there. I was married to a local girl for 9 years and broke up 2 years ago, you must imagine how difficult it is to break a marriage in a such small island. People talk, make up stories and you end up seeing you ex every day. I now have a new girlfriend, a high school sweetheart, and she is moving to Graciosa in a couple of months. I am very excited to have her and here with me. I am a simple guy, I don´t need much, love, nature and friends is all I need.”
What about LOVE….
“Love is living in peace, is belonging to a place or a relationship in peace, without interfering with its essence. When we love, we must love without the will or need to change. Accept difference, love difference. “
Rodrigo - Terceira Island
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