In this global world, we are forever on the move, here and there, in transition, growing, changing, discovering, exploring, learning and tasting. Born in one country, living in another, traveling to yet another… countries and continents, separated by oceans, connected through people, faces, words, feelings, memories and experiences.
On August 11, 2006, after being married for a little over one month, Guillaume and I arrived in a new country, Brazil. We didn’t speak the language and we didn’t bring much with us. But we were excited with the prospects of a new job, a new culture and a new adventure. We tasted feijão, we listened to samba, we visited Penedo, Paraty and Rio de Janeiro. Brazil welcomed us with opened arms, large hugs and big smiles. We had come home!
The other day, while I was attempting to re-organize my crafts closet, I came across an old notebook I used when I first arrived here three years ago. In it I had written down questions to ask the other wives & women in our expat comunity, a list of key phrases for apartment hunting and grocery shopping, the exchange rate for reais to euros and a few other ‘survival skills things’. It is interesting to look back and remember the excited, slightly scared, very adventerous newly wed wife as she set up the home and got situated with the daily routine of life in Resende. And here we are three years later, totally comfortable in our surrondings, masters of the language and the culture, with our two sons *Brazilian*, WE are practically brazilian! atleast in our hearts we are…
So now, after three years in Brazil with the birth of our two sons, we will be returning to France, to the Paris area. We left as a newlywed couple, we return as a family of four! We are sad to take off from our adopted country and we leave with heavy hearts. But we are excited! Ready for the new adventure, obstacles we embrace, challenges we defy, lessons we learn, memories we make. We are proud of our global heritage, our international background, our multi-cultures, our dual-citizenships, our languages, our skills for adapting….