Here's an interview with a girl who's living her dreams:
Taíra: I always loved traveling, meeting people, cultures and I already had this desire to know other countries, so it was easy for me to make this decision.
Ana: Where did you live and what did you do?
Taíra: I lived in Amsterdam for 1 year. I was an au pair, so I took care of 3 beautiful kids and I also studied English during 6 months. Living in Amsterdam was wonderful! The city is perfect and very ready to receive foreigners. I had the amazing opportunity to go to museums, restaurants, parks, parties, know the culture, language, food... everything possible!
Besides that I knew a lot of Brazilian au pairs and they were part of this dream, during all the year we had a lot of fun. In my free time I was always traveling with them. I made a plan: know a country per month, and I did it. It was an amazing experience!
Ana: What did you love most about it?
Taíra: I loved living the culture in general: language, people, food and habits. But the most important for me was the experience of living alone, and also knowing a lot of countries.
Taíra: It was very difficult to be so far away from my family and friends. I missed them a lot.
Ana: How has living abroad changed you? What important things have you learned?
Taíra: Today I can say that living abroad changed me 100%. I am a better person. I know how to deal with the difficulties of life and I know how family and friends are important in our lives.
Ana: Do you think that the experience still influences your decisions and what you do today?
Taíra: For sure! When I arrived in Brazil, after 1 year of living abroad, I was sure I would like to travel more. I had an opportunity to go to Mexico and work as a model, so I did it and loved it a lot. It was perfect!
Ana: How was your re-entry in Brazil?
Taíra: It’s always very difficult to get used to living in Brazil again, especially in my city, which is smaller. I was used to being free, to traveling when I wanted and in my city it is very difficult to get a good and cheap air plane ticket, and there are few flights. Besides that, everything here is more expensive. In Amsterdam and in Mexico I had a better life (thinking about money, traveling or shopping) than here in Brazil.
Also a very important point is living with the family again. I lived alone for 3 years, and now I am living with mom, dad and brothers, I need to get used to it again. When I arrived everybody was very happy! They missed me as I missed them. Nothing was changed! They were here waiting for me.
It was difficult to decide not to travel anymore. I decided to be in Brazil because of my family, friends and mainly to have a stable life. But it is hard! I am always thinking about traveling again.
Ana: Tell us about the work you do now.
Taíra: I’ve always worked as a model, since I was 13. I did it in Mexico for 2 years and now I am back in Brazil, working as a Fashion Consultant and Fashion Blogger and I am loving it. I am always in fashion events; I do interviews for TV, talking about fashion and I also teach fashion to saleswomen in clothing stores. In my city this is very important! It’s big! Now I see that I am working and studying hard to get where I want, I am in the middle of that!
I studied Portuguese in college, and I also taught English for many years. I loved the experience, but I prefer working with Fashion.
Ana: Any advice for those who dream of living abroad or following their dream career?
Taíra: Just do it! It’s worth it!