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It was exactly ten years ago. I remember clearly the moment I received a call with an urgent offer to move to São Paulo for a one-year USAID contract. I said yes. Immediately. Without thinking twice. I had just gotten a very reputable position at the World Bank, living a very prestigious comfortable life in Washington. But there was something inside of was pulling, calling me viscerally, to Brazil.

At the time, I didn’t understand my own decision rationally. I recalled the wave I first dove into in Bahia and the blissful feeling of being one with nature. Then I closed my eyes, took a deep plunge, and said good-bye. The Isabella I had created was gone. …

Bella B

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