Carlos Reis

Having a very active life and being involved in a lot of different projects, Carlos Reis thinks about himself as “a part of Faro“ and about Faro as “a really big part of him.“

Who is Carlos?

Who is Carlos? Haha. It’s a really difficult question. Who is? He’s a guy who was born in Faro, with parents from 2 different sides of Algarve. My father is from Lagos and my mother is from Tavira. So, I’ve always been going to different places in Algarve. Of course, I feel myself from Faro, but I have a big connection with the rest of Algarve, especially the coast because of my parents and grandparents who are all connected to fishering and these kinds of things.

I’m a very active person, involved maybe in too many projects at the same time, and always eager to find more projects. I’m very chilled, usually. I don’t remember when was the last time I got angry actually. I’m very good with life. And my friends say that. That I’m usually very positive and very calm. I don’t take things very seriously.

What would you like to do when you grow up?

When I grow up? I think I’m already doing what I would like to do. I’m involved in a lot of things, and I’m involved in things I got involved in because I really wanted to. So, these volunteering activities that I have, and being connected also somehow with the educational path, it’s really what I want to do at the moment and I think it will be what I want to do for many many many years. So, I think I’m already doing what I want to do when I grow up.

What is the first thing on your mind when you think about Faro?

The first thing in my mind is that in this specific moment of my life, I feel very connected to the city. Some years ago, I wasn’t. Like, 8 years ago, I wasn’t so connected to the city.

I did a volunteering program in Poland and when I came back from Poland, I always thought that I was coming back to Faro just for a very short period of time. Just something very small and in 1 or 2 years I was going again to live abroad. But it was the time that Faro started evolving, especially culturally and also, people started to take more care of Faro. And I started looking at the city with different eyes. So now I really feel very happy to live here. And I feel really connected. When I think about Faro now, I think about myself. About identity. I really feel connected and I think I’m part of Faro and Faro is a really big part of me now. So, that’s what I think about it.

What would be the soundtrack of your life story?

The soundtrack? Of my life? My whole life? Hmm…well…that’s a really hard question actually. I never thought about it. Usually I think a lot about things and about my life, and usually I have answers for almost everything that people ask me but not for this one. I never thought about the soundtrack of my life. It’s actually a very cool question.

I think it would be somehow a combination of the music I listen to more. I listen to the radio a lot at home. Maybe the beginning could be something, I don’t know what to call this kind of music, but imagine music similar to the ones from movies like Braveheart or Gladiator or these kinds of movies. So the soundtrack of these movies. Like strong and something connected with history. The past and the roots here and everything. But then, at some point, it would need to have some chilled reggae because my alarm is reggae and the tune when someone calls me is also reggae. So, music from Bob Marley.

One of my favourite songs actually is the “Three Little Birds” because it says don’t worry about a thing. Because everything will be alright. And that’s why I think about it. So, for sure it would have to have this chilled part of taking it easy, everything will be fine in the end, as long as you do things in an honest way and you’re honest to yourself and honest to other people also.  But then, because of being connected to so many different projects and because I passed by so many different jobs and life experiences, and also because it’s my favourite type of music, the soundtrack should have some rock music too.

When I go to concerts, I go to rock concerts. So, for sure, a part would have to be rock. Fast rock. Just to show the different types of things that I’ve done in my life. So, it would be a very weird combination I think. But it would need to have all these 3 kinds of music. It’s more like an epic, with reggae and rock. I don’t know what I’d call it. Epi-reggae-rock. Something like that. I don’t know if someone ever created that, but if someone does, I would buy their CDs and everything.

What is the place in Faro you are most connected to? Why?

Nowadays, the old town. Especially since I did the tours. When I started discovering a lot about the city, and why the things there are like they are. There is a very nice place I like to go to a lot. There is this place of a guy who has his own private art collection with a lot of old things. It’s a place that, when I enter inside, I just feel so calm and so relaxed and chill. Just like, in peace. I mean, I like the old town itself, I like to walk around it. But if I would have to choose a very very even more specific place, I think the place of this guy would be it. It’s just a place when I entered I found it amazing. It is kind of like a private museum. 

© Photos by Alba Vallés.