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My name is Alex. I’m originally from Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and am currently living in several places at once, including Chilean Patagonia, Austin, Texas, Atlanta, Georgia, and Dubai UAE. My education background is foreign policy, Mandarin Chinese, and Arabic. However, I am an entrepreneur, being the founder of an award-winning architectural lighting firm. I have received several prestigious awards for my designs in lighting. My username TEXAGONIA is a portmanteau of Texas and Patagonia, two places that have captured my heart.
Aside from Chile, I have lived long-term in several countries, including China, Brazil, Tunisia, and more. I am fluent in English, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese. I used to be fluent in Mandarin Chinese. I can converse in French, Arabic, and Italian. I have a fantastic family who exposed me to so much that the world has to offer. My father gave me opportunities as a child to participate in international exchange student programs. My grandmother, who was fluent in seven languages, including three African languages, gave me my gift for languages. I have traveled to Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Egypt, England, Iceland, Finland, French Polynesia, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Mexico, Palestine, Spain, Sweden, Syrian Arab Republic, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Uruguay, and my short list of countries soon to visit are: India, Indonesia, Morocco, France, New Zealand, and every island in the South Pacific.
My main motivator to travel is not to see castles or ruins, but rather to drink in the unfamiliar beauty that I find everywhere, to eat delicious food, and to share laughter with new people. Voltaire once said, “Laughter is the shortest line between two people.” I live it.
My hobbies are tennis, cooking, singing (a cappella harmony (barbershop, motet, etc.), Sinatra, gospel, etc.), aerial videography (drones), cooking, anything to do with the ocean (boating, scuba, freediving, sailing, fishing, etc.), snow skiing, horseback riding, landscape design, photography, designing furniture, welding, appreciating modern architecture, light and its properties, creative writing, political writing, and finding reasons to laugh. I can actually dance the samba better than most Brazilians.
A distinct passion of mine is studying about the origins of our civilizations, and how almost weekly, new discoveries are being made that rewrite what we think we understand about mankind’s past. While everyone else looks up, to focus on the importance of manned space travel to other stars, I choose to look below, to better understand who we are, and how we got here.
My heroes and influencers: Sir Richard Francis Burton, Ron Paul, Graham Hancock, Zaha Hadid, Nicola Tesla, and my grandmother.
Amazing things I’ve done:
I have made my daughter laugh.
I've trusted in God.
I have climbed atop an Egyptian pyramid.
I have designed and fabricated my own furniture.
I have discovered that learning languages is the easiest way to make profound, lasting connections with people all over the world.
I can imitate virtually any accent on earth.
I am an award winning pillow-fighter.
@noboxes and @gringalicious, friends of mine, told me about Steemit. It turned out to be timely, because I was searching for a better outlet than Youtube, Facebook, or Vimeo for my creativity. This platform will be used primarily for my aerial videography, using my drone.
My drone videography style is very distinct, known for fluidity, uninterrupted flight sequences, inducing a comfortable, dreamlike experience. I highlight the purity and beauty of nature. I highlight cityscapes, creating a balance of chaos down below, with tranquility from above, while best displaying what all notable architecture has to offer.
I have operated a drone for years, and am happy to provide suggestions and tips to beginners and intermediate pilots, looking to improve their videography skills.
Since I have traveled extensively and studied several languages, I can also provide information and guidance to anyone who wishes to travel. I have many experiences and stories to share.
Since I am on the subject of talking about myself, I should also say that I am single, and would be open to finding a special girl who absolutely loves to sing in harmony, play tennis, laugh, travel, learn (or already speak) languages, scuba dive, cook, trust in God, and live an uncomplicated, financially sustainable life. I’m not a fan of smokers, excessive tattoos, or indoor dogs. I have a beautiful daughter born at the end of 2014, who is the light of my life. She lives chiefly with her mother, with whom I have an uncomplicated, healthy, post-divorce relationship.
I’m excited to be part of the Steem community! Please be sure to follow me, because you are going to see some incredible content coming from here.
If you like my videos and my story, please follow me! Resteem and upvote all my content!