It all started with a journey into my past, into the depth of myself. Unexpectedly and abruptly, I was called to drop everything I was doing to go back. …


The relationship most women have with their appearance is a complex one. Rarely is it ever simply a natural part of one’s identity and a way of being; normally beauty or sexual attraction is either underplayed and feared, exaggerated and abused, or put aside all together.

When women’s day celebration…


Today would have been Carnaval here in Brazil. Walking the near empty streets of Rio, I felt sadness for the world’s greatest celebration that did not take place, for the people who did not have time to let go, lighten up, unravel themselves. I sorely missed seeing all the colorful…


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…


It’s five am, and I am up sleepless. Woke up restless with heavy stomachache, gasping for air, unwell, body aching. No, it’s not Covid. After spending two beautiful months ´exiled ´into wilderness, I came back to the city, to Rio de Janeiro.

Within a few hours, my husband started having…


As we enter the sixths month of our fight against the strange enemy, I can’t help but pull my notes from healthy policy and public health classes out, in an attempt to process and put our current situation in context. …


I was a young idealist, aspiring to contribute to a better world when I moved to Washington D.C. from the West Coast to pursue a career in International Development. …


For the last couple of weeks, I’ve gotten myself into many uncomfortable arguments about the lockdown, data analysis, use of masks with the intention of making sense of this new life we are supposed to make work. As I found myself deeper into the arguments but further from any consensus…


This time of the year is an emotional rollercoaster for me: April 23rd and April 24th, for completely different reasons, have a powerful significance for me of remembering and reconnecting to my ancestry. My beloved grandmother’s birthday — a day of remembering someone in love with life and unwavering sense…


Yesterday, as I posted a ´very´ controversial article on Facebook about Sweden’s less-than-strict response to the virus, I knew I’d get some negative comments. What I didn’t realize is how personal some people would take my opinion, nor how serious of a backlash I’d get. …

Bella B

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