This week we are featuring an interview with Luís Rúben de Freitas aka Luísftas. Luís is Madeiran, and his work is related to educational technologies. His free time is largely devoted to the outdoors: hiking, geocaching and canyoning.
Cache Garganta Funda, Madeira
Luís, we want to thank you for giving us the opportunity to have a ‘peek’ into your relationship with the Green Pearl of the Atlantic also known as Madeira. Can you please tell us a little bit more about yourself?
My relationship with Madeira is a happy marriage. Madeira has been the perfect couple, giving me shelter and good living conditions. That would be enough, but no… it exceeded my desires and frequently shows me how wonderful it can be, slowly uncovering its deepest secrets. It is always ready to receive me from a tiring week of work and fill up my batteries. One of Madeira’s slogans can describe it very well: Body. Mind. Madeira.
Lets talk about your ‘passion’ which is geocaching. But first … what is geocaching?
According to the geocaching website: “Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”
Categories: Interviews, Nature, Photos, Sports, Travel
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Interview with Carlos Caires, owner/manager of the Restaurante Armazém do Sal.
Where is Restaurante Armazém do Sal located?
The Restaurant Armazém do Sal is located in the old commercial quarter of Funchal, in the Rua da Alfândega nº 135.
This week we are featuring an interview with Virgilio Silva. Virgilio, born in mainland Portugal, in Cascais, and lives for almost 15 years on Madeira Island, since August 1998.
Virgilio, thank you for the opportunity that you allow us a ‘peek’ into your relationship with the Green Pearl of the Atlantic also known as Madeira. Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
We are very happy that Briggit Hermsen aka ThunderCat (her Facebook page) has agreed on taking part in an interview for the Secret Madeira. Briggit is a photographer from The Netherlands.
Do you remember this?
On 4th of May (2006) a BASE Jump took place at the 2nd highest cliff of the world (580m) namely Cabo Girão here on Madeira island .
But first lets answer the question … what is BASE Jump?
This week we are featuring an interview with Gerry Sluiter. Gerry is Dutch, from The Netherlands, and lives for more than 10 years on Madeira Island, together with his Madeiran wife Guida, son Bart and daughter Annika
Gerry, we want to thank you for the opportunity for us to have a ‘peek’ into your relationship with the Green Pearl of the Atlantic also known as Madeira. Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
I met my Portuguese wife 20 years ago on Guernsey (Channel Islands). When I heard that she was from Madeira, I couldn’t wait to visit “her” island and from the moment I arrived by plane I was in love with Madeira. Since then, over a period of 10 years, I visited Madeira twice each year. After that we decided to live here definitively. I have been never be so happy in my life since I took residence in Santa Cruz,
Allan and Willy McKenzie
Even the birds are relaxed on Madeira
were very willing to do an interview for our blog Secret Madeira. Allan and Willy are from The Netherlands and have visited Madeira 10 times.
Allan and Willy, first of all we want to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with the readers of Secret Madeira. Please tell us a little bit about yourself?
We are both 50+ and we are in search of a quiet place in the sun to retire. I (Allan) am a Telecommunication Engineer and my wife (Willy) is a Municipal policy adviser. Yes, we do travel a lot.
Mary, first of all we want to thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with the readers of our blog. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got into photography?
I am a wife and a mother of three. Our family travels frequently – several times per year. We travel sometimes really close to home and sometimes we go to the other side of the planet. But Madeira is our most frequent destination. At least once a year but sometimes up to four times per year.
Do you work as a professional photographer or is photography mainly a hobby for you?
When I purchased a digital camera about 10 years ago, my hobby became more active. Now I have plenty of time for photography, but I´m an amateur photographer.
Here are a few hints in how to protect yourself against the dangerous UV-rays from the sun.
First lets answer the following question: What is UV?
The sun is by far the strongest source of ultraviolet radiation in our environment. Solar emissions include visible light, heat and ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Just as visible light consists of different colours that become apparent in a rainbow, the UV radiation spectrum is divided into three regions called UVA, UVB and UVC. As sunlight passes through the atmosphere, all UVC and most UVB is absorbed by ozone, water vapour, oxygen and carbon dioxide. UVA is not filtered as significantly by the atmosphere.
The UV rays emitted by the sun are strongest and most harmful at mid-day, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The cherimoya (Annona cherimola) is a species of Annona. It is a deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub or small tree reaching 7 m tall. The flowers are produced in small clusters, each flower 2-3 cm across, with six petals, yellow-brown, often spotted purple at the base. The fruit is oval, often slightly oblique, 10-20 cm long and 7-10 cm diameter, with a smooth or slightly tuberculated skin. The fruit flesh is white, and has numerous seeds embedded in it. Mark Twain called the cherimoya “the most delicious fruit known to men”. Source: Wikipedia