My departure from Brazil was bittersweet and I'm still having a hard time processing it all. It was great to find a place where I finally became comfortable with being myself and speaking my truth and to leave it and all of the wonderful people that I met was difficult, but it was the decision that I had to make in order to start my life anew back in the homeland.
I am especially grateful to Elizabeth and Luiz Schelb in Cataguases, MG, who adopted me as their own granddaughter and made me feel more at home than I have ever felt. And of course to Taciana, who did so much to bring me to Brazil and to make me feel at home in Vitoria and at UFES, where I met so many incredible people. Saudades.