Member Highlight July 2022

This month we meet Patricia Cavagnari
(by Joy Davenport)

Patricia was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, moved to the capital city of Tegucigalpa at age four, and lived there much of her childhood. Growing up in Honduras, she went to an American school, which was largely attended by children of expats and diplomats. Her mother often spoke English at home and stressed to her children the importance of learning a second language.

Her initial ambition in life was to be an architect or a diplomat, based on people who were strong influences during her childhood. At age 17 she enrolled in a student exchange program to Torino, Italy, where she studied art and design. After her year in Italy she returned to Honduras briefly and then made the move to Miami to attend college at Florida International University. There she studied Interior Design and before graduation was already working in commercial design. She later expanded her skills and talents into the marketing arena of the company. This position led to travel in Latin America and the Caribbean, and while at this job she met her Brazilian husband Mario.

In 2000 Patricia and Mario moved from Florida to Scotts Valley, California, and a couple of years later their daughter Isabella was born. They enjoyed their life in California, until their son died tragically in 2019. After losing their son, they said to each other “we need to breathe” and began to consider moving to a different environment. Some friends had visited Portugal and told them they should give it a try.

As soon as it was doable to travel after the initial COVID shut down, they spent a month touring Portugal in 2021 and decided this is was place for them. They arrived in April of this year, and spent their first several weeks in Cascais while they searched for a place to call home. In May they moved to Monte Estoril, where they now reside.

Patricia loves everything relating to art, design, and architecture. She loves to garden and travel, and is an avid reader. She learned at a young age about the importance of being a good listener, and has found it to be one of life’s most important skills. She finds the IWP to be a great place to meet strong, amazing women from different cultures and a spring board to giving back to the community through IWP’s non profit programs.

Patricia is fluent in Spanish, English, Portuguese, and is proficient in Italian.