Tell us a little about yourself
My name is Xenia Blanco. I am a Photographer. A woman. A dreamer. A lover. I leave in Glasgow but I come from León, in the North of Spain.
I work full-time as a QA Localisation Tester for an outsourcing company that provides services to the video-game industry. I also work as a Photographer for an Advertising Audit company and as a Booking Agent for some of the most well known Traditional Celtic and Folk Asturian bands.
I have had many different and varied jobs during the recent years such a Box Office Ticketing Agent for the Olympics, Steward for an events security company or Artist Liaison for some of the most important Celtic/Folk music festivals in the Uk such as Piping Live!, Celtic Connections or William Kennedy Piping Festival. I cannot play any instrument if you are wondering. I would love to learn how to play the fiddle though.
I can speak English, Spanish and Japanese. I love travelling and I have visited different places such as Brussels, France, Portugal, Ireland and Japan among others. I love Japanese culture, food and traditions.
What one thing are you most proud of in your years so far?
I am very proud of having visited Japan since it has been always one of my dreams. I am also proud of having moved abroad when I was 32 years old. That allowed to have a broader view of the world and the society. I have always been an open minded person. Living abroad have increased my knowledge, my skills and my job opportunities.
What one thing do you hope to have achieved by the age of 100?
I would like to publish a book with the photographs I have been taking during my many travels and all of those still to be taken in all those places still to be visited.
What one thing have you seen in your lifetime which has changed the world the most significantly?
A recent discovery that some scientist from the University of Bristol have made. A protein that can function without water. They swapped the coating of water on myoglobin proteins – which normally carry oxygen to muscle and give raw meat its red colour – with a synthetic polymer that acts as a surfactant, effectively turning the proteins into a viscous liquid with the consistency of thick treacle.
I am sure that this is a big discovery that will change the history of the world.
What piece of advice would you give to your 10 year old self?
Enjoy your child life. Do not be in a rush. Take your time to do things that is supossed children do. Ask your parents to buy you a musical instrument and to send you to take some lessons. You will be grateful when you grow up.