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Shall we dance?

Our Team member, Luciano Straga, share with us about his passion for dancing. He told us how he manages to combine being a developer and a flexible dancer.

Tell us, when did you start dancing?

Four years ago, in a gym. Nothing professional but oriented to people to lose weight in a funny way; as Zumba today. Definitely, nothing to do with dancing.  After that, I decided to start at a dance academy.

What attracted you the most about the dance?

Totally different from the technical stuff I usually do, I consider myself as a different developer. I love technical things, but I need something that trains my brain in another way. Dancing has become a challenge for our mind, so you make more effort in learning rather than moving.

What is the rhythm that you most like to dance?

I like urban styles, so Hip Hop or Jazz Funk are the dance classes I take.

Have you taken dance lessons?

Yes, of course, I take not less than 5 per week. I try to dance every day. That’s the best part of working remotely in a flexible schema. I love taking classes in Los Angeles, the best place in the world with the best teachers.

When you took classes in Los Angeles, what was your expectation before taking them?

I was afraid to not to be prepared. The classes are design for professionals, so it’s always a challenge. L.A. is the hardest place to train. Luckily, I could make it, but I had to bring my best from minute zero.

What did you learn the most from your L.A. classes?

Taking those classes is the best thing you can do if you seriously like to dance. There you can learn how to take a class. It’s not a game it’s a professional thing. Teachers go incredibly fast, and you have to be extremely concentrated. The choreos are longer than here, and dancers are beasts.

Have you thought about becoming a professional dancer?

Never. I don’t like dance as a profession. I love what I do, and I’m better at software development. However, I train almost like a professional. It is a challenge for me, and I want to dance like a pro.

Do you have any projects related to the dance that you want to share with us?

No, I did not participate in any project. It is just only a challenge for me and a great workout.

 

Under The Sea

Our team member, Gabriela Chaves, tells us about her experience with scuba diving. She told us how it feels to be underwater and immersed in a dive with other species.

How did you become a scuba diver and how did this passion evolve for you?

I’ve loved water since my earliest memories, so the first time I traveled to the Caribbean, I had to try scuba diving which was “love at first dive”. In that same moment, I decided I was going to continue doing it and become certified in order to be able to expand the range of my experiences underwater.

What does scuba diving mean to you?

It’s the closest thing to discovering another world. It is as amazing as it is challenging. It’s a moment to be profoundly connected with myself and be fully aware of the moment. Being in a harsh environment makes it more exciting since I have to be able to overcome the difficulties that it implies.

What has been your most beautiful experience underwater?

One of my dearest experiences was diving at night in Puerto Vallarta. When one is diving in the dark you can only see what your flashlight is illuminating. It means that every time you sweep the area with your light, there can be a surprise. I found a sea turtle diving right next to me. They are so peaceful and watching them dive seems almost as if they are flying. It was an amazing experience to share that moment with the turtle.

With what marine species have you shared your diving experiences and which one has impacted you the most?

I have swam with a large variety of fish…octopuses, squids, sharks, sea lions, but the most impactful creatures so far have been the hammerhead sharks and especially manta rays. Such an odd twist of nature in their design!

Have you had any reckless experience or what risks have you encountered underwater?

Proper training is key in this activity to minimize the risks. I’ve had good training, excellent dive masters, and thankfully I’ve never had a bad situation. For example, while one is around sharks, you need to lay low, sit still, and wait for them to come to you.  Sharks are curious creatures and learning to read their behavior is really important to avoid any dangerous situation.

In your opinion, what would you consider to be the best destination for diving?

It depends on the type of experience you want to have. For example, the Caribbean and Galapagos are amazing places. I love “wreck diving” too, so any place with a sunken ship, plane or building will do as well.

What do you consider to be the benefits that one acquires when diving that could encourage other people to take an interest in this activity?

I’ve experienced two sides of it. On the one hand, it is almost a meditative moment. Being silent and fully connected to the present brings me much peace. On the other hand, I learned to push my limits, to conquer my fears. But of course, the main benefit is to dive in amazing places, meet all types of fantastic creatures you wouldn’t otherwise encounter and to experience nature in its wild state.

Cooking for fun

Our Santex Team Member, Juan Giacosa, tells us about his passion for cooking and preparing meals for his family and friends.

How old were you when you started cooking?

I don’t remember exactly. I know that I started to become more interested in cooking when  I was 17 and had to move to Cordoba.  At my family’s house, my mom was the cook, so I would only prepare food  if she was not around.

What motivated you to start cooking?

The need to feed myself haha. As I said, I was all by myself in Cordoba and  had to take on new responsibilities. As I enjoy eating a good meal, I decided to start doing some research about food preparation and recipes and gave it a try. That Was When I found out that It was not that complicated and decided to start cooking recipes that involved better and more complex techniques.

Have you studied or taken cooking courses?

No, I’ve never studied anything related to cooking in a “professional” way. Everything I know  Is due to practice and reading on web pages and cookbooks.

Do you have a dish that you like to prepare?

More than a dish, I really like to prepare and bake doughs…namely bread, pizza, pasta, croissants, etc. I also love roasting and grilling meat, and recently I’ve grown interest in using vegetables on my dishes.

What do you like most about cooking?

What I enjoy most about cooking is that it allows me to prepare delicious food for the people I love and see them enjoy it. There’s no greater satisfaction for me than knowing they like what I’ve prepared. For me, food is a way of showing appreciation and gratitude. It’s a way of saying “thank you” or “I love you”.

Do you cook only as a hobby or do you plan to carry out a project around the cuisine?

For the time being I only cook for friends, family or acquaintances.I plan on taking my chances in the field at some point in life. It could be managing a food store or opening my house to host culinary events for locals, strangers, friends and whoever finds out about it haha.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BICYCLE DIARIES

We were talking to Leonel Romero about his magnificent experiences traveling by bicycle. He told us how his desire to cycle began and the places he has visited.

 

  • How did your interest in traveling begin?

I think I always had it. To visit new and unexplored places and meet new people have always been my favorite things.

Over time (and traveling), I began to understand that traveling is not just about getting away from your routine for a vacation. I know that vacations are the most common trip because most people do not have time or money, or don’t feel comfortable due to safety. Traveling is more a learning experience and an exchange of cultures,  that generates a deeper knowledge of oneself.

  • At what age did you start traveling and what inspired or pushed you to do it?

My first trips were on family vacations, always in Cordoba and sometimes to the Argentine coast or Mendoza to visit family.

As a cyclist or bicycle traveler, I started in 2015. I was 25 years old when I was in Europe for a trip organized by AVEIT, a student organization of the UTN of Córdoba that aims to do a study/tourism trip at the end of the engineering degree. I went to Croatia with a friend and went into a very large sports equipment shop and we bought everything necessary to start what would be my first “adventure”. That time we went from Croatia to Turkey by bike, passing through Montenegro, Bosnia, Albania, Greece, and Bulgaria.

  • Have you ever been in a dangerous situation during a trip?

In regards to security, I think the perception of danger depends on the person. You could be robbed in Cordoba or you could be in a “dangerous” place and nothing happens.

I was robbed twice in Colombia. The first time was an assault on the street in a very touristy place because of being careless. The second time a truck gave us a lift because we were in a very hot region and we did not want to keep going.  We put our bikes on top of the truck. After a while I saw a trainer up there: a guy of about 20 had climbed on top and was sitting there quietly. We continued traveling but were aware of our the unknown travel companion. After 5 minutes I saw him opening a bag so I told the driver and we stopped. The driver got out with a baseball bat and started screaming at the boy. The boy had nothing with him, not even a backpack, or our belongings, so we thought he hadn’t stolen anything and we let him go. He crossed the road in the middle of the field and a motorbike appeared that picked him up and they left.

The we realized, that he had thrown things onto the road and then collected them after. Luckily, we didn’t lose anything important.

  • Which places have you visited and which one did you like most

By bike, I have visited Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia.

I can’t decide which one I like the most, everywhere has it’s benefits.

  • What advice would you give to someone who want to start traveling by bike?

Don’t be afraid or listen to what they say on TV. Just go out to fulfill your dreams. No matter how cliché it seems, people have to stop saying that they want to do something and just do it!

Becoming a Self-Taught Mechanic

Our team member Kenjy, enjoys working on cars. Here he tells us some things about his hobby.

How was the taste for automotive mechanics born?

I’ve always liked to see how things work out, it seems something mesmerizing to know how things work. Since I was a child, I loved to disassemble things to see what they had inside. I could not always reassemble them and when I did it, I did not always use all the pieces. When I finally had a car, It was the “maximum toy” because is very interesting to know how it works and how all the pieces harmonize with each other to be able to work, and also because I was always passionate about cars.

What do you usually do in cars?

I love that everything works properly and try new things, in a certain way to experiment. I have done several things in the limited of my experience and knowledge of mechanics that has been based on the same maintenance of the car, oil change, repair of air conditioning, electrical wiring, change of seats, modification of the interior panel, modification of the interior, brake maintenance, change of the cooling system, tuning, maintenance of the acceleration body, change of the lighting system; among other things. I know, it may sound boring and for many people, it is more a “job” or it is something that would leave someone else to do it or is what they usually do in any workshop, but for me, it is a hobby that relaxes me. I don’t know how to describe it, it just changes my mood 🙂 As much as cooking or building things.

What brand and model of car did it cost you the most to build?

It is a very ambitious question. Not everyone let me play and experiment with their cars, much less I have the ability to assemble a whole car but let’s say I played with a Ford Escort Mk1, Toyota Corolla Diesel 2000 and Toyota Corolla 97 5ag. However, the car of my dreams is a Ford Mustang Boss 302 from 1979.

How much time do you dedicate to this hobby?

The time is dynamic, when it is necessary to do something or when it is just to relax. I would say that about 20 hours a month. Nowadays, responsibilities have increased and well, there is no longer as much time available as before.

What do you like the most when you built up a car?

The process, It passionate me the most. It’s like as a child you play with “cars”, and now, many years later, I’m still playing with them. It’s the feeling of pretending to play a mechanic that I love, building things. There is no target perse, there is no goal, it is only the time one uses; I enjoy it very much. It’s like when you love music and listen to many genres and many musical pieces, you do not have a target or a goal, you just enjoy the moment while doing it, it’s something like that.

Humor and Stand Up!

Our Santex Team Member, Andy Palacios, tells us about his experience doing Stand Up perfomances.

  • Why and how did you come up with the idea of doing stand-up?

I am always saying silly things, and many friends asked me to do or dedicate myself to putting together monologues of the stories that I told them. It was very common in my previous jobs to tell my colleagues something that had happened to me on the weekend and it made everyone laugh. Someone always says to me “Please Andy, dedicate yourself to this…leave the IT world!”. This tells me two things, either I am a very good humorist or I am a very bad QA hahaha.

  • What is humor to you?

Humor means so much to me. I find it really difficult to relate with someone without humor between us. But beyond that, it seems very important to me to be able to face difficult moments with humor. I’ve always said that no matter how difficult or ugly some moment in your life is, it will always become a good anecdote.  

  • Which are your favourite topics for the stand up shows?

Usually, I talk about things that happen to me, or that I see in my day to day life. Also I talk about things that happen to people that are close to me. Some people tell me an anecdote and in the show I exaggerate it or invent details which are a little more unusual.

What I don’t like is being rude, although sometimes I use it, it’s only so that the language sounds natural like when I talk to my friends. Also, I don’t like to attack anyone, I only try to talk about things that could happen to any of us.

  • Do you remember how your first show went? How did it go?

It was recent, in February…so I remember it really well! It was at the end of a Stand Up workshop that I did. The idea was that at the end of that workshop we would go to a bar and do the show. I was really excited, but never afraid or nervous. I visualized that nothing bad would come of it. The truth is that the experience exceeded my expectations.

  • What are the best and worst things that have happened to you on stage?

The best thing was the surprise I had when I realized that there were people who enjoyed what I was doing. The truth is that I still have very little experience to have had something really bad happen to me. The only thing I can say is that is very difficult to perform the show when half of the public is distracted and talks or makes noises.

  • Do you admire a comedian? Who and why?

Although I’ve seen very few live shows, I really like Fernando Sanjiao, Sebastian Weinraich, Luciano Mellera, Fernanda Mettili from Argentina. The best international performers are Aziz Ansari, Dane Cook, Iliza Shlesinger, among others.

Coder + Gamer

Mario Luna tells Santex how creating video games is the perfect combination of all of the things that he loves.

Tell us how you first got interested in developing video games?

Video games have almost alway been part of my life. When I was 9 years, the idea of creating a video game came to me. I was looking for some programs that could help me create a game, and I found some good tools, but didn’t know how to use them.

Later, when I was 14, I started to learn video and image editing. Then, I studied 3D editing and music composition. At the age of 17, I knew that I wanted to dedicate my life to some of these skills, but I couldn’t decide between them. The only place where all of those aspects converge is in video games. I went back to the beginning, but this time with more knowledge than before. I learned to program on my own and noticed that I liked it above all the other skills I’d learned. Since then, I have been slowly investigating the process of developing video games.

Today, at the age of 20, I am in the last year of my degree as a computer analyst with the intention of dedicating myself fully to video game development once I graduate.

What were your favorite games in the past? Was there one in particular that will call your attention the most and inspired you to start developing video games?

It’s impossible to choose only one, or even a few video games! I loved so many, but my favorite genre is FPS (First Person Shooter). Ones that I can mention are Call of Duty 4, Half-Life, Serious Sam 2, Counter-Strike, Left 4 Dead, among others. I also liked strategy games a lot, like Commandos, Age of Empires and Age of Mythology. Many of them I played in multiplayer with friends when I was younger.

A game that drew my attention was Bionic Commando when I was 9 years old. It’s an FPS with a mechanic that allows you to fly through the cities (or rather swing). When I played it, I wanted to be able to create a game with esthetic and/or similar mechanics and it led me to research how to do it. I think that thanks to that game, I love post-apocalyptic esthetics in video games or movies.

What do you like most as a player? As a developer?

As a player, I love a good story as well as a great narrative. I think that although it isn’t everything, a big part of the experience when playing is being able to tell a story that can distract you from the real world and immerse yourself in the game, creating the abstract of a great adventure.

Another thing that I like is the atmosphere of a game. It is not the same to make a horror game with strong light and shades of pink everywhere as it is a dark setting in an abandoned place where the player does not know where the danger might come from.

As a developer, I like the fact that I can tell a story by letting the player experience it as something that he, by himself, performs, and not as something told or seen, such as in a book or a movie.

Are you working on any gaming projects currently? If so, what?

I am currently doing the sketches and beginnings of a clone of the old Arkanoid. Long ago, I liked the series of mobile games called Block Breaker. I was a little disappointed when I found out that there are no titles for the most current platforms. That’s why I want to develop my own version of the game as a tribute. It’s a small project, but it’s pretty good to start with. This would be the first game I develop by myself, which I hope to see finished completely.

It is something new in a certain sense because so far, my experience has not gone much further than simple prototypes, so I am excited about being able to call this a game made on my own.

How long do you take to develop a video game? Is one person required?

A video game is composed of: programming, 2D digital art, sound effects, music, 3D, animations, script, lighting, conceptual art, level design, post-processing effects, platform and OS configuration, optimization, marketing, licenses, patents, publications, etc.

A person can do all this on their own, but it depends on several factors, such as the person’s ability, the size of the project, the budget among others. Some projects can take years and others only months, but as a rule, one person cannot or should not take charge of a project alone, because the benefits of being surrounded by a team are many.

To conclude, what do you think would be the biggest challenge when developing video games?

Almost since its inception, the video game industry has never stopped growing. Today there are hundreds of free tools available to developers, which has led in recent years to the creation of thousands of “indie” video game companies. These video games don’t depend on a big distributor like EA Games to position themselves, because with some marketing strategies and distributors like Google play or Steam, they can be published at a very low cost.

The massification of video games is good because it provides a greater amount of games on the market, but on the other hand, it prevents games that deserve greater recognition from being seen and judged as they should.

The biggest challenge for any new software developer is to ensure that their video game is seen and played by a large number of people, including competitors. The success that it has depends largely on this, because a game that does not become known, even if it’s a great title, is considered a failure. There are ways to counteract this, such as showing the video game to the community during its development phases, to determine how much expectation or “hype” the game has, as well as feedback on what features people would like to see in the game.

Marketing strategies are usually forgotten by independent developers, but they are very important for the positioning of a title in the industry.

 

Music that Moves You

Maria Alejandra Diaz tells us about her experience playing the cello in her homeland of Venezuela, and the hopes she has for the future in her new home, Peru.

What made you decide to study music? Was it a personal decision or something your parents made you do?

Honestly, ever since I was little I’ve been very interested in the fine arts. First it was ballet and contemporary dance. Later I took up painting. Now that I’m an adult, I’ve entered the world of what is known in Venezuela – and internationally – as  “El Sistema,” which was founded by maestro Jose Antonio Abreu. His main objective has been to broaden the horizons – culturally and musically – of the country and get the youth interested in music.

My parents were always the first ones to support me in any initiative I may have had surrounding my curiosity for the fine arts. They supported me in developing other skills not just related to academia, although the decision was always mine to pursue such activities. They encouraged me to stick with such activities and not just abandon them further down the road.

Why the cello and not something else? Did you ever consider pursuing other instruments as well?

At first, I was most interested in the violin. My dad took me to see the Children’s Orchestra of Tachira, which is the province of Venezuela where I’m from, so that I could get a better idea of what instruments caught my attention. From that moment on, I decided I wanted to learn to play the violin.

Later, I auditioned for the Youth Orchestra Foundation “Luis Gilberto Mendoza” which was the base from which El Sistema operated. They evaluated aptitude for rhythm and solfege which is the fundamental basis for every musician. They loan out instruments and let you use their facilities until you can raise enough money to buy your own instrument.

When they asked me which instrument I wanted to play, they told me that there were no violins available to loan out, and they only had cellos and trumpets available. Of course, the trumpet was never to my liking, with the mouthpieces and parting of the lips and everything, and therefore I stayed with the cello, which was the best decision I could have made. It is an instrument with a unique sound and accompaniment and is – according to expert opinions – the sound that most resembles the human voice.

Are there musicians in your family?

My great-grandfather, on my mom’s side, had an orchestra called “Filo Rodríguez y Su Orquesta” in the 1940s. He was a trumpeter and the director. One of his sister’s was also an opera singer in a circus in Italy during the same time. My mother played piano, my father participated in the Christmas masses in choirs and playing, and my sister is an opera singer (Mezzo-soprano).

How old were you when you performed at your first recital? Where was it?

They usually recommend that you start studying music at an early age, not only because it’s common knowledge that children pick up new skills more easily, but above all because of the muscle memory that comes with studying string instruments (violin, viola, cello, bass). Starting early helps your fingers develop accordingly. For example, for the case of the violin, it is best that players have thin, not so large fingers. In my case, I started at 14 years old, and I had my debut 3 months after starting at the Pre-Children’s Orchestra in San Cristóbal – Táchira State.  This was, of course, very ironic because of my age, but it was the group that It started at the same time that I entered “the system” and it was for ages 8 to 12. There was already a Children’s Orchestra, so we could not call ourselves the same thing or play the same pieces as them because of the level of difficulty .

Then I moved quickly to the Children’s Orchestra and then to the Youth Orchestra. It was in the latter that I had the opportunity to play as a guest on 2 occasions with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Táchira. A year and a half later, I formally joined that orchestra.

With the Simón Bolívar Orchestra, I had the opportunity to be a soloist and play with musicians of international renown – such as violist Frank Di Polo, pianist Arnaldo Pizzolante, and guitarist Alirio Díaz, among others.

Who are some musicians (past or present) that you admire?

Among the musicians that I admire most are Jacqueline du Pré and Yo-Yo Ma. With rock, I like Apocalyptica, which is a symphonic metal band formed by 4 cellists graduated from a classical music academy called Sibelius. In the beginning, they covered Metallica songs which then made them famous. Also, 2cellos is a duo of Croatian cellists who make versions of songs by Michael Jackson, Guns and Roses, Jimi Hendrix, and more. It’s really fun to listen to them.

How much time do you dedicate to practicing cello?

In Venezuela, I devoted every afternoon to studying and practicing cello. The Foundation had an academic center where they teach classes in rhythm, theory and solfege, harmony and then classes related to each specific instrument taught by a professional – usually members of the Simón Bolívar Orchestra. All of these classes were distributed throughout the week.

In addition to the classes, there were also rehearsals with the Orchestra, which were everyday, Monday through Friday from 6pm to 9 or 10 at night, depending on the difficulty of the work and the time needed to rehearse. If they were complicated pieces to execute, each leader who was a kind of representative of the group of musicians for a particular instrument, would host additional workshops to go in depth and see the synchronization, harmony, solos, and tuning.

It really was a full-time commitment. But when you like what you do, you’re not aware of how much time it takes.

Do you have plans for the future with regard to music?

Since I moved to Peru, I have not been able to continue with music because when I left the country, I didn’t know where I was going to settle down. Also because of economic issues, I had to sell my cello in Venezuela to help my mother with medical treatment. I’ve been checking with friends who still belong to El Sistema to find out if there are organizations like the ones there which can help me with loaning a cello while I save to buy my own, and also where I could resume my classes. In the near future, I hope to belong to another orchestra and continue enjoying this most beautiful form of art.

Internship Abroad

Our German intern, Paulina, tells us more about what brings her to Argentina and what her plans are for the future.

  • Why did you decide to come to Argentina for your internship?

For school, I have to do an internship abroad. To improve my Spanish skills and also get to know a completely different culture, I decided to travel to a Latin American country. A few of my friends had already been to Argentina and all of them were very fascinated by the country and its people. After collecting some information about the country, I decided to spend my semester abroad in Argentina.

  • What would you say is the biggest cultural difference between Germany and Argentina?

There are many differences, but one of the main obstacles was getting used to the Argentinian eating habits! In Germany, we usually eat dinner around 6 or 7 pm, in contrast to Argentina where they eat much later. The same applies to the nightlife.

Furthermore, the people are very different. The Argentinians are way more welcoming, open and sincere. We Germans are much more reserved and don’t open up to people immediately.

  • What do you think about the work culture at Santex?

Since my first day, everybody was very kind and welcoming. Whenever I am having a problem or need support with anything, someone always takes the time to help me. At Santex there is a very relaxed working atmosphere. People are always in a good mood and it is fun to work there.

  • Which parts of Argentina have you been to? Which ones would you like to visit?

So far, I haven’t seen that much of Argentina since I’ve spent a lot of time in Cordoba. I have already been to the Sierras and to Mendoza, both of which I liked very much.

I definitely want to go to Buenos Aires and of course to the waterfalls in Iguazu.

  • What are your plans for after you finish your internship here?

After my internship I am travelling back to Germany in order to take some exams at my home university. Afterwards, I am starting my next semester abroad in Finland.

Out of the Box

Gianluca Candiotti shares with us some of the physical benefits of boxing!

  1.    How did you become interested in physical contact sports? What made you dare to try boxing?

My interest was born out of simple curiosity. I always found some of these sports interesting, and I admired the expertise shown by different athletes in these disciplines.

Now, many things influenced me in finally deciding to learn and practice Box. The main reason being that I have always tried to lead a healthy lifestyle, without necessarily taking it too extreme. I really like to play sports and take care of my diet. I’ve played tennis since many years ago. However, I wanted to complement it with another sport to help me gain a little more muscle mass and endurance. I thought about enrolling in a gym again, but in my experience, it becomes quite monotonous and boring, and I did not know if it was something that would motivate me.

Luckily, a couple of friends were in a similar situation. We evaluated our options and decided to enroll together in an academy where you can practice boxing, Muay Thai, MMA, among other sports. So far, I’ve only dedicated myself to boxing.

  1.    Boxers are often considered macho and aggressive. Could you explain your point of view on these statements?

I believe that this falls on the character and profile of each person, but this sport would never seek to train anyone in that way. All the people I have met are quite kind and respectful. Moreover, many of them try to be very careful when they have to perform exercises in pairs and have not yet established trust in the other person. Luckily, most times I can train with my friends and we can hit each other with a little more freedom. In the end, if you make a direct hit, you know it’s part of the training. None of us would ever take it personally.

  1.    How do you prepare yourself physically for training?

I do not have a strict routine, to tell the truth. At least I do not feel that way.

I go to train 3 times a week, and I always go at 7:00 in the morning. I think it’s a very good way to start the day before going to work. Training relaxes you and gives you enough energy (which is important) to be able to concentrate programming.

Regarding the preparation itself, I think that the most important thing is to be in good condition, eating properly, and sleeping the necessary hours. I do not think I follow these rules accurately, but I try.

Another thing that I consider very important is not to smoke. Tobacco limits your lung capacity, alters your heart rate (among other things), and all this ends up negatively affecting your resistance and the rhythm you should be able to maintain while training.

  1.    Do you have any kind of special diet?

Not for now, although I have considered it. When I was younger, I was much more rigorous with what I ate, but lately I haven’t had much time to cook, and eating in a balanced way on the street is very complicated. Anyway, some time ago I learned some important things about nutrition, so I usually try not to get too far away from what I know I should be eating.

In general, I would say that the most important things are: to drink plenty of water throughout the day and not to consume a lot of carbohydrates – and when you do, take into account their quality (sweet potatoes are best) – and eat many times throughout the day, but in small quantities (ideally every 3 hours or so). But I think the most important thing in maintaining a good diet, or any diet for that matter, is to never take it too seriously. If you never give yourself a taste or a little indulgence, eventually you will get bored or it will be too difficult for you to keep up with. I think the best thing is to be disciplined with what you eat, but also know that nothing will happen to you if one day you go for an ice cream or you eat some pizza.

  1.    What sports-related goals do you have in the short- and long-term?

I think that when I started boxing, I saw it simply as a fun way to exercise. However, soon after I realized how demanding it is – physically and mentally – and all the technique involved. In the beginning maybe, you think that you only use your arms and that hitting isn’t so complicated. But the work of legs, the way you should use the body to give power to the blows, how you should move, how you should stand, anticipate, react… putting all of that together is extremely difficult and requires practice.

I found it very frustrating at first not being able to do some of the simplest exercises the way I should. But in the end, it all takes time and effort.

I think all these things have motivated me to want to take it more seriously and get better. I do not think I will want to participate in any circuit, but I would like to feel that I am good at this sport and that I could teach the basics to someone else.

I like to have boxing as a complement to tennis. I think that they share a set of interesting features that allow me to use qualities from one in the other. For example, the way you use your body and legs to give more power to the blow with your right arm in boxing is very similar in both sports. Also, boxing will help me to have better resistance because the energy is explosive, but at the same time you have to know how to manage your energy very well because everything happens over many rounds. This is something that I can also take advantage of when playing tennis. In general, I like to see things in this way. It will help me stay motivated as I plan to continue playing both sports for a long time.