I'm from a Polish family, grew up in Norway. So Polish-Norwegian dual nationality. Been in living in NL the past 9 years now.
I started with Portuguese as a what if. I had studied Italian a whole lot and I was trying to figure out how much I could get out of that investment. Turns out Spanish is really easy to understand, but Portuguese is not. That got me interested. The fact that it sounds so different, and it sounds harsher when spoken where Spanish can be quite dainty. So that's how it started, and I grew to like it.