Who is Jorge?

Hi there, I’m Jorge and I want to say thank you for checking this page, because if you have landed here it means you are interested in knowing who I am.

I’m many things but from Monday to Friday I am a product/project manager (recently I embraced a new challenge, I was offered an internal role as Business Developer Manager, so exciting times are coming) and over the weekends or during holidays I am a mountain hiker or motorbike rider or traveller, which can be summed up as an adventurer.

There are many things that I like but in order to give you a good sense of who I am here is a list by categories:

What do I like

  • Hiking
  • Riding my adventure motorbike (Africa Twin)
  • Travelling
  • Asia (any Asian country)
  • Trying new food
  • Meeting people from around the world
  • Talking about a scientific/social/technological/psychological topics

Where do I like to be

  • Mountains, as long as there are mountain happiness is close to me. Mountains just make me happy.
  • Forrests, because I love trees. I also enjoy everything that can be found in the forests: rivers, birds, deers, insects, moss, snails.
  • Rainforests simply because they offer the best biodiversity you can possibly imagine.
  • The sea I could not leave the mighty ocean out of the list because after all my favourite animal can be found only in the depths of the ocean, the gigantic colossal squid. But I also like the sea because of the unknown and the importance it has to human beings (sadly we are realising this too late, and she’s hitting back at us)

Food

  • I like everything and I am not picky when it comes to food. However, after watching and reading scientific articles about the effect meat and sugar have in our bodies I am trying to cut down both of them, but tis’ hard.

Books

  • Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond. It has taught me a lot about how we end up where are. It is a very long book that tries to explain why the peoples from around the world developed the way they did. The intelligence, the technology, the strategies, the food, the tools, the religion and why you can find people with slanted eyes in Asia as well as the Americas. All the answers can be found here.
  • Destiny Disrupted by Tamim Ansary. If you hate Arabs or the Arab world or simply do not like them and that hate has come mainly from movies, media and articles, I’d recommend you to read this. It will open your mind and somehow explain you they whys and the hows Islam is what it is nowadays.
  • Touching the Void by Joe Simpson. I love mountains and I love hiking. Climbing however is a different mindset. Joe’s description of his and his friend suffering and endurance is formidable. If you like mountains this is defo a must read because ultimately it will encourage you to not only respect the mountains but also teach you that living is a struggle and the satisfaction you feel after overcoming the struggle.
  • The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa. I love Japan despite all the crazy stuff they do and have done. I simply love the country, the landscapes, Shintoism, sushi and manga. The narrative and description of this book took me back to my trip to Japan almost 10 years ago. This is the only book that has made me cry due to the quality of story told by the author, and trust me it is not a sad book, it is a quite fun book to read.
  • We Are Our Brains: From the Womb to Alzheimer’s by Dick Waab. If you have ever wondered why you, your spouse, your kids, your parents behave in a certain way or you have tried to understand why you are fat and can’t lose weight I highly recommend this book. It is perhaps the most scientific book I have read but it is a must read to anyone trying to understand human behaviour.
  • Why Men Can’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps by Allan and Barbara Pease. This book should be compulsory in all schools around the world, regardless of country, religion, social class. In this book you will understand why men hate certain things women do and viceversa. How to deal with the sex differences and more. I wish I would have read this book before my ex broke up with me, but that was a learning as well.
  • I could name more but the list would be endless. But if you want me to recommend you a book, email me or tweet me and I’ll be happy to recommend you one.

Perfect Day

A late spring day. I’d pack the essential stuff on my motorbike panniers and go and explore some mountains and camp in the wilderness. Enjoy nature, take pictures of everything around me, hike some mountains up to a viewpoint and observe the mountain range, listen to the birds, look at the Milky Way in the evening whilst enjoying a cup of green tea. In the morning jump into the river nearby and refresh myself and lay down on the sleeping bag.