Introducing Dani…

After her lovely post, it’s my turn to introduce Dani. Some of you already know her and even though our friends and family come from all over the world, I hope all of you will get to know her better and see for yourselves some of her aspects that I love. Until then, here is my short introduction of her:

Dani is passionate in all she does. Whether she’s hugging me, discussing a topic or watching sports, she knows where her heart is and has the courage of her convictions. She’s a joy to be with when she gets excited (e.g. when Fluminense are playing) and she has a lot of affection for friends and family (and me of course ;). Despite that…

Dani is competitive. She introduced me to air hockey and promptly proceeded to trounce me in all our games. Coincidentally, she grew up playing air hockey, but I’ve managed one win so far. Quite a good workout! Speaking of…

Dani loves cinema. We watch our share at home, but she also loves the big screen. When she finds out about a film she wants to see, she watches the trailers, the pre-release events and marks the release date with red ink. And when we are at the cinema waiting for the film to roll on, she has that infectious smile on her face. This makes going to cinema a treat because…

Dani has the best smile. Fact. Her smile lights up her whole face and I adore sharing such moments with her. *Insert picture*

Dani shares. She’s always there to share a slice of orange or pizza, but most importantly she loves introducing me to new ideas and places.

Dani is a great cook! Her picanha (delicious Brazilian meat) and risotto are to die for, and when I’m working late and she’s barely come home, a warm plate and the care behind it feel like home.

Dani is smart. On top of Portuguese and English, she learnt Japanese in a ridiculously small timeframe and has been tackling Greek with gusto (and self-effacement). I love it when she makes inter-language jokes and she humours my Portuguese puns. Match made in heaven! I’m not sure she realises how much I love that we share that multilingual approach, but it colours various facets of our relationship. She’s also conversant with events and nuances in at least three continents and she’s very practical.  She’s bought me Portuguese grammars and a fantastic book of Japanese poetry, and she’s always good to tell me about Brazilian writers even though I haven’t taken the plunge yet (though I will!). She recently bought some books in Greek, including a massive version of The Count of Montecristo, and she’s reading them on the bus.  Don’t let her know, but I love seeing her dedication.

Dani loves her games and music and manga. At times we burst into impromptu singing duets, especially if Sinatra or Mario are involved. We’ve had our share of karaoke and singing with her is one of my favourite things. She introduced me to some great artists and she’s been to a system of a down gig, which is brilliant. She keeps up with various manga titles and has a definite love for rpgs, which she attacks diligently. She doesn’t do half measures in general and when people tell me of how dedicated she’s at work, I can draw parallels with the way she handles games. After all, the serious player plays seriously, no matter the game.

Dani is a great gifter. She keeps lists of thoughtful would-be presents and strategically deploys them when it’s time. A high legacy to live up to! I recall with great pleasure playing together (Xenoblade) for months until we got to singing in perfect sync with the soundtrack. Her greater gift is her unbridled excitement about Alex days, as she calls them. And how can you not love that? *insert picture with all the presents*

Dani is both practical and a good planner. She’ll have booked a hotel and have a full schedule for the duration of a trip while I’m still considering looking up things to do.   Speaking of,

Dani loves traveling. She has already seen a frightening amount of Greece (and more of the Peloponnese than me) and she’s great to travel with! She threw a fantastic trip to Brazil (obrigado, família) and we’ve also done Austria, islands, road trips and relaxing stays at Porto Rafti. She makes me want to visit new places, close or far away, and share these moments with her. Her wanderlust is further helped by the fact that…

Dani is great company. We can talk for hours about everything and nothing. She’s always up to date and can juggle politics, football, history, games or international relations without breaking a sweat and often in the same conversation. All the things she said in her post about me go double for her. She doesn’t just reheat talking points but she always has interesting viewpoints. For instance, recently we had a great talk about International Women’s Day fueled by statistics that she brought to the table.

There are plenty of things to write, but at the end of the day…

Dani is loving. Dani is loved. I love her deeply, as she does; I’m proud to be sharing my life with her and I’m looking forward to our wedding day as the beginning of a long trip that we’ll celebrate and get to share with you.