Humans of Brighton – Nadia the Portuguese

We met Nadia walking in the streets of Brighton last Friday and we had a quick chat about how she got to Brighton.

Hi Nadia, could you tell us a little bit about you?  Well, I’m 27 years old graduate in Visual Arts and I work in a music related Internet based company here in Brighton. I come from a little town in the South coast of Portugal called Lagos, it’s actually considered one of the best locations for holidays in the world.

Why did you come here? After finishing University I found myself unemployed and living again in my mother’s house so I decided that it was time to make a change. Due to Portugal financial crisis I had to leave the country. My sister was already living here so I thought about moving to London but I first came to Brighton for one week to visit and I loved it so much that I never left!

What was your first impression of Brighton? I loved Brighton straight away, it felt a little bit like home, the smell of the sea in the air, it’s very colorful and the atmosphere is super positive. Honestly I have never seen nothing like it! It’s amazing how diverse Brighton is. There is people from everywhere with so many different styles, eccentric, gothic, people walking around in pyjamas, couples who look like they just travel through time, Drag Queens with 20 inch boots, it’s a place where you can live outside the norm.

What’s your favourite place here in Brighton? It’s difficult to choose one, but I could say that I love the sunset view of the Old Pier, it’s different every time and one of the most beautiful I ever seen.

What is the one thing you’d recommend for people in Brighton to do if they get the chance? Brighton is amazing in the summer, there is so many thing to do! Pride in August is definitely one of the main attractions and most fun, also the naked bike run, concerts, festivals, little markets, drinking a beer on the beach or going for a walk in Devil’s Dyke.

Could you describe Brighton in a few words? Vibrant, fresh, diverse, colorful, arty, inspiring, friendly, non-judgmental, vivacious, animated and welcoming.

Every time the same question comes out: Brighton or London? Definitely Brighton, I like London but just for a few days at a time, it’s too busy for me! I’m so glad that I decided to stay here, it’s smaller and people are close to each other, it feels more like a community and you can walk everywhere. You don’t need to take the metro or the bus.

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