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Hector Cortez

Travel blogger and software developer
I'm a Brazilian who lived in São Paulo for 20 years, moved to Ireland for a year to study English, travelled a lot around Europe and now lives in France.


Language learning

Studied in Dublin (Ireland) for a year. And will start studying in France soon.

Expat life

Lived in Dublin for a year and now have been living in Lyon for more than 3 months.

Visas & immigration

Learned everything about visas to study in Ireland and some options if you find work there. Also learned a lot about visas in France as I decided to move to Lyon with my French girlfriend, bare in mind that I'm Brazilian and don't have visa for Europe.

Solo travel

Solo travelling through Ireland, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and France for nearly 2 months; short solo travels in Brazil, Spain, Belgium, England and Italy.

Budget travel

Apart from the time I travelled around Brazil with my GF, all my travels are in a budget. I'm always looking for cheap (or free) transportation and accommodation. Once in the destination I try to balance my budget so I can do all the things I want. My budget during my two months trip around Europe was 20 euros per day, and I manage to spend days with less than this.

South America

Travelled in Brazil (São Paulo – lived there for 20 years, Rio de Janeiro and small coast cities around, Maceió and small coast cities around, Recife and small coast cities around, João Pessoa, Curitiba, Foz do Iguaçu, Manaus, Santo Amaro – Lençois Maranhenses) and Argentina (Puerto Iguazu).

Western Europe

Travelled in Austria (Vienna), Belgium (Brussels), France (Lyon, Paris, Marseille, The Alps, Auvergne, Aix-en-Provence, Gordes, Roussillon, Aigues-Mortes, Le Grau-du-Roi,Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, Nimes, Avignon), Germany (Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Dresden) and Netherlands (The Hague, Amsterdam, also hitchhiked from Eindhoven, through Rotterdam).

Northern Europe

Travelled in United Kingdom (London, Oxford, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Bradford, Leeds) and Republic of Ireland (Dublin – lived for a year, Glendalough, Cork, Waterford, Killarney – Ring of Kerry, Galway – Cliffs of Moher and Connemara).

Eastern Europe

Travelled in Czech Republic (Prague), Hungary (Budapest and an amazing 11 hours trip from Budapest to Ljubljana by train), Slovakia (Bratislava).

Southern Europe

Travelled in Croatia (Pula), Slovenia (Ljubljana, Bled, Koper), Italy (Genoa, Turin), Spain (Zaragoza, Barcelona, Madrid)


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