I am a Portuguese 58 year old female graduate, who speaks English, French and Spanish fluently. I was a teacher at the British Council and also a tour guide for a few years ( both in Portugal) and subsequently I set up a successful import/export company in London, where I lived for 24 years.
I came back to Portugal 5 years ago and settled in Lisbon, a wonderful city with an exceptionally good climate. I bought three properties, all south facing and with either a garden or a terrace: a duplex to live in and two very nice flats, which I had thoroughly refurbished and interior designed to high specifications, to let (short term accommodation).
Guests have been delighted with the flats and very appreciative of my hosting and this is heart warming.
I'm being asked to mention 5 things I cannot live without. Well, my cats, my friends, books, films and chocolate cake ( there is delicious chocolate cake in Lisbon and I'll share the place where to get the best with whoever may be interested).
I've been enjoying being a host very much. I've met lovely people and enjoyed helping them to get the most of this lovely city.