Heloísa Malainho | EX­PE­RI­ENCE CRE­ATOR - AZORES

DNA Magazine (Portugal) - - Discovery Experiences -

I'm 25 years old and I'm from the is­land of Flores, in the Azores Ar­chi­pel­ago, the most western point in Europe! Raised near the sea, I used to sit at the end of the day in the har­bor of my vil­lage to see whale-watch­ing tourists re­turn. Be­ing a whaler's grand­daugh­ter, I have al­ways heard tales of the ad­ven­tures of the an­cient whalers. I thought, "One day I'm go­ing to be a mod­ern-day whaler. I want to take the tourists to see the whales!".

Since al­ways, sports is part of my life. I played vol­ley­ball for more than ten years, skated, sailed and I was a mem­ber of the scouts. I was al­ways walk­ing the woods and the trails and swim­ming in the most se­cret wa­ter­falls on the is­land. This is how I got to know all Azores Is­lands and its best-hid­den se­crets.

In love with these pearls in the mid­dle of the At­lantic, I de­cided to study Tourism. Even be­fore I started the course, I ful­filled my dream of be­ing a "mod­ern-day whaler", when I started work­ing as a tour guide and trav­el­ing be­tween Flores is­land and Corvo is­land.

In 2016, came the op­por­tu­nity to be part of the Dis­cov­ery team and, as ad­ven­tur­ous as I am, I head to the is­land of São Miguel. I jumped in with arms wide open and take the op­por­tu­nity to be an Ex­pe­ri­ence Cre­ator, ex­cited to wel­come all who visit us. For me, this job is an art of mak­ing dreams come true!

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