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Last night in Europe

This is it. My last night on this beautiful landmass. I found a flat about a week and a half ago, and received my visa with two days to spare, so that’s all my admin nightmares over for the moment!

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Sushi and champagne, not too shabby for my last supper at home!

Since I can’t sleep because it’s suddenly 30° and I live in the attic I’ve decided to do a list of the things I’m most excited, and most worried about, because lists always make life better.

Most excited about:

  1. The people: Every Brazilian I’ve met has been so excited about me going to Brazil, and so willing to help out. A couple have assured me that their friends or relatives will help me out anytime!
  2. Pão de Queijo: I’m going to the home of pão de queijo. As someone who loves bread, and loves cheese, and doesn’t eat meat, these Brazilian cheese rolls sound like heaven.
  3. Caiparinhas: Cocktails are amazing, and cachaça, mint, sugar and ice sounds like perfection to me!
  4. Travelling: I’ve dreamed about going to South America for ages, and now I’m going for a year! Chile, Argentina, Colombia, Uruguay, Peru and Mexico are all on my list of places to go, along with most areas of Brazil of course!
  5. Samba: I started dance when I came to university, and now I couldn’t cope without it. I’ve missed it so much since term ended, and now I can’t wait to go to Brazil, and learn Samba and Forro, as well as keep up belly dance, and Salsa.

Most nervous about:

  1. Portuguese: Anyone who’s learned another language knows the struggle of expressing yourself fully in another language. It’s exhausted to talk another language for hours on end, and now I have to talk it 24/7! Of course I’ll be immersed and I’ll pick it up quickly, but it’s still a massive challenge.
  2. Being vegetarian: Brazil is known for being meat oriented, so being a veggie will be interesting!
  3. Every other worry basically stems back to Portuguese: classes, making friends, not looking like an idiot! I can’t wait to improve Portuguese, and not feel so limited by it!

My next post will come during or after my 20 hour journey to Brazil!

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