Don Amaro

Hi. My name is Don Amaro and I am the admin of both this site and @Madeira Twitter account.

My roots are divided into two islands namely Curaçao and Madeira. Interesting fact is that these are both islands … and also both are well-known alcoholic drinks. You could therefore consider me as a large bottle with a mixture of these both beverages … only … it has a Dutch label on it. The Netherlands was the place where I spent most of my lifetime, but the last 12 years I have been living on the beautiful island named Madeira.

On daily basis I work as a web strategist, social media editor, photographer, graphic designer, web master … and altruist (which is more my character than my job description). My love for the island of Madeira has grown with the years and therefore, to show my gratitude, I want to give something in return. Through various Internet channels I try to create platforms, introduce ideas with the mere objective to promote the island to the world. And what do I get for in return? Here is where the ‘altruist’ part kicks in.

@Madeira Twitter account is one of my (several) personal projects. Started in 2007, and now (April 2017) with a total of 18,500+ tweets and 7,750+ followers, it has become one of my daily tasks … to post about Madeira. However in 2016 I decided also to give other Madeira lovers the opportunity to use this channel to express their views and memories about Madeira. I call this ‘guest curating’, but it is also known as Rotation Curation (#RoCur).

When we have no designated ‘levadeiro’ (guest curator) for a certain week/period, then I will ‘fill in the gaps’. But I hope we can find more Madeirans (maybe even Cristiano Ronaldo …?) to join the fun and show the world how big (in heart and personality) Madeirans really are.

My personal Twitter: @donamaro