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About @JSerpa

61 years old • Male • Citizen of Portugal • Travel Writer / Photgrapher

I like to describe myself as a world traveler with a deep love for photography and writing. Born in Portugal, I grew up in Mozambique, where I lived until 1974. In 1979, I moved to the US where I completed my college education (BS and MS degrees in Mech Eng from URI and an MBA from Georgetown). In 2000, after a career in the energy business, I decided that I would spend the rest of my life doing what I love to do: traveling, and preferably by “alternative modes of transport.”

Traveling far and wide has given me the opportunity to practice my love for photography. A few years ago, some of my travel-related work was the subject of an exhibition at the Institut Français du Bénin in Cotonou. Titled Ils Est Temps de Décider, the exhibition ran from Jan to Feb 2018. Prior to that, some of my work on Portugal was exhibited at the Embassy of Portugal in Washington, DC. This exhibition, titled Looking for Portugal, ran from May 2014 to May 2015. My photos have also been used to illustrate articles in a variety of media outlets, from BBC News On-line to Correio da Manhã (highest circulation print newspaper in Portugal).

As far as writing, in 2018 I published Benin: Land of Magic, a book which I describe as a brief introduction to Benin—the country, its peoples, and their culture—in 13 illustrated short essays. Prior to that, in 2011, I published Slow Roads! Beautiful Drives through Portugal for Cars & Motorcycles, a practical touring guide for Portugal’s scenic back roads geared towards the independent traveler. I am also a regular contributor to a few travel-related magazines.

  • Hobbies:

    Motorcycle riding, sailing

  • Favourite places:

    Portugal, Morocco, Alaska, Patagonia


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