Tiffany, outbound to Brazil

These journals are getting harder and harder to write every time. Not only is it hard to find time but it's nearly impossible to tell you everything I am experiencing.

In my opinion I am living in one of the most beautiful countries in the world. I have been traveling a lot through out my state of Bahia with friends and family. I am not really an emotional person but I am not kidding when I see some of the natural beauty Brasil has I cry. Haha seriously it's breath taking and to think I LIVE HERE! Wow wow wow I'm seriously living my dream.

For future exchangers you WILL have bad days. The bad days only make you appreciate the good ones even more. Just know that it's normal and it's ok to be sad. You will hear this a thousand times but when you're, sad go out! Party, eat, laugh, be Brazilian! (Or whatever your country is). My greatest experiences so far are my experiences as a Brazilian. Just Immerse yourself in the culture because one year goes by fast and you will always wish you had done more.

Ok enough of that haha so today marks 4 months in Brazil. This past month has been the best yet. I have a lot of Brazilian friends now which makes my life so much more interesting. A few weekends ago I went to Morro de São Paulo (google it it's the most beautiful place in the world). I went with my friend for the weekend to this island and it was a BIG concert. We danced, sang, and caught sun all weekend. It was also great because she doesn't know English, so it was a weekend of Portuguese. Best weekend of my life!

Portuguese, well it's difficult, very difficult but I can officially understand everything and I can respond it just might not be the correct verb conjugation. It's a pretty great feeling speaking politics or world events in another language. I'm proud of me! Haha

My family!!!!! Well this week I change families. I am HEARTBROKEN! My family now is literally my family. We all have the same birth mark! My mom is one of my best friends. She pushes me to be my best in everything I do. Speaking Portuguese, or running, or the gym. We run every night and talk about everything. I feel very lucky to have such a strong relationship after 4 months. I know I can count on this family for anything forever. So thank you rotary because I now have 2 of the most amazing moms and dads in the world.

It's Summer! Seasons are opposite down here in South America so it's summer for me(: a normal day is gym, reading, helping prepare lunch, friends, running, sleep! And the weekends are spent on the beach(: When I tell you I'm living the dream, it's true.

I couldn't be more thankful for this opportunity. Truly Rotary has changed my life in so many ways. I have a new home in Brazil, many friends and a loving family. I have noticed a change in myself and the way I look at life. I can't really explain anything it's just so difficult. I guess you will have to experience it for yourself. Congrats to all of you future exchangers because your about to have the year of your LIFE! But it isn't easy so be prepared. It's not a vacation it's not all site seeing and fun, it's a life with sad days bad days but you the good outways the bad. If anyone has any questions or just wants to talk I'd love to!
Tchau & BEIJOS pra vocês ❤️