However, it was a trip to Brazil in 2005 that changed her life path.
In my new home, there is time to share perspectives and survival tips with my German and Kiwi girlfriends during the impromptu buffets we have dubbed International Ladies Lunch.
If you plan on teaching English, knocking on the doors of private language schools is the best bet.
Courtesy of a new and hard-won lifestyle, spare moments bring a chance to admire the bizarre leaves and twisty branches on the trees, a pause to appreciate the pink and yellow hues that explode around me.
Two gems in the city that delighted me four years ago on a pre-expat reconnaissance mission are, today, staples in my routine.