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Mariana Marques

She was born in 1978 in a city of many charms, Coimbra.
A lover of nature ever since she can remember, she is now finishing her Masters in Conservation Biology.
She likes to go with the flow and travel where the wind takes her. In her backpack, there is always a camera and a travel diary. Among the many adventures she has written about, she highlights some long stays in places where she was able to truly absorb (and be absorbed by) the local culture and the natural beauty, namely the Wild Islands in Bonaire, in Greece, Southern Italy and the picturesque Sicily.  
The place on land that touched her the most was Costa Rica, for its richness in terms of biodiversity. In the sea, she will never forget the waters surrounding the Dutch Antilles. The rays, turtles and green morays that she was able to see during her diving experiences left her in wonder and made her feel like a true fish in the water.
She has always been in love with Portugal, this small corner of the world that extends beyond the sea, with its mountains of granite, its overwhelmingly beautiful beaches, the waving lowlands in shades of ochre and the multiple tones of green, all concentrated in small areas of a few square miles.
Always there in her mind is the quote of Baba Dioum: «In the end, we will preserve only what we love. We love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught».
With a passion for the «food of the world», she loves getting home (wherever that is!) and cook a nice exotic dish.

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