I met my husband in 2001 in the United States when we were both students. After a four-year long distance relationship, we got married and I moved to Brazil, where he is from. Finally, we were going to live together!
I settled in very quickly. I was already fluent in Portuguese when I arrived and working as an English and French teacher helped me adapt easily to my new environment. However, I encountered many challenges that I was not expecting. In time, I got tired of teaching and I started to feel homesick and lonely. I was missing my family and friends, my country and my culture. I was feeling lost and even started feeling like a stranger to myself. This is when I realised how much my move to Brazil had affected me at the deepest level of who I am, my identity.