I first came to Brazil in 2011. I had one of those life changing moments that a lot of people have in mid-life. Most people call it a “mid-life crisis. In my case I had a lot of bad things happening in my life due to divorce and seeing my children. I had a heart attack whilst in Portugal on holiday. I spent 7 days in a Portuguese hospital after having surgery and then against dorctors advice I flew home to the UK to recuperate.
Anyway, negative stuff in the past. I arrived with about R$100 in my pocket and completely broke and started work in an English school. Renata was one of my first students. The moment I saw her I fell in love with her. It took six years before I built up the courage to ask her and tell her how I felt. Then one day while chatting to her on Skype I told her I was going to do a tour of Ireland on my bike and camping for three weeks. She told me that she would love to go to Ireland. But she had never been on a motorcycle or been camping. So, in a moment of madness I said, “do you want to come with me?” She didnt answer for a few days. A few days later she said yes and so I met her in London off the plane and we went off to Ireland on my BMW mortorcycle and camping.
On the second day I asked her to marry me and had told her that I had been in love with her for the last six years. She didnt know, but she said yes and the rest is history. We have been married for six years and travelled all over the world by bike ever since. Below is our story to music.