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I don't have any tattoos, but if/when I do get one, it'll be Bugs Bunny.

I'm Nelson Ricardo. My parents immigrated to the U.S. from a small farming village in the municipality of Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. I was born and raised in Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, and have been living in Brooklyn for 20 years. I have a B.A. in economics from New York University (NYU). I have worked at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and at Columbia University.

I won't say how old I am, but the 1980s had the best music.

Like most people, I started out on Wikipedia, but I now spend most of my time at Wikivoyage.

Background regarding username change

When I first created my Wikipedia account many moons ago, there were more limitations on usernames, so I ended up with Nricardo. I think I had typed it as nricardo, but the system decided that the first letter needed to be uppercase. Having an uppercase N but lowercase r has always bothered me. I tried changing it to my real name, but a steward at Meta decided that it was too close to an existing username, so I added some non-random numbers at the end.

English Wikivoyage


I am a docent for Caldas da Rainha. If you wish to speak with me about this destination, please contact me on my Wikivoyage user talk page.


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  • Caldas da Rainha ⭐ – Featured on the Main Page as Off the Beaten Path in October 2016. Was promoted to Star article status in January 2021.
  • Portugal — Many improvements throughout the country, region, and city articles.
  • Portuguese cuisine — Started article and improved it to Usable status.
  • Lisbon – Improved to Guide status.
  • Porto – Improved to Guide status.
  • Serra da Estrela — Created article.
  • Oeste – Created article for this Portuguese region and some of its municipalities:
    • Bombarral – Started article and improved it to Usable status.
    • Cadaval – Started article.
    • Lourinhã – Started article and improved it to Usable status.
    • Nazaré – Improved to Usable status.
    • Óbidos – Improved to Usable status.
    • Torres Vedras – Started article and improved it to Usable status.
  • Angra do Heroísmo – Started article and improved it to Usable status. One of the main cities of the Azores (Açores) lacked an article, so I fixed that.
  • Covilhã — I started this article and improved it to Usable status. I can't imagine why we were missing this fascinating city.
  • Matosinhos – Started article and improved it to Usable status.


Places I've been

These lists includes places I visited but did not sleep in. Besides tourism, they include business trips and college study trips.

United States


Travel wishlist

To do

Rome wasn't built in a day. There's lots of work to get done...

See m:User:Nelson Ricardo 2500/To-do.

English Wikipedia

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Portuguese Wikipedia

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Portuguese Wikivoyage

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