What I was not born to do is sing. But I still do it. Loudly. It's pretty bad.
This, of course, doesn't mean I'm not serious. I'm actually quite shy at first.
I love people. People I've known forever and people I'll meet tomorrow. Old people and young people. I spend a lot of time with people older than me. Related to this, family is key. I don't define family by blood, but by the bond we share. Mostly, this has made my family a lot bigger.
I love languages. I am doing my Ph.D in Portuguese and Brazilian Studies. I am Portuguese-- though I never went to Portugal growing up, I now can't go much time without feeling restless and needing to be back there-- my other home(s). I am in love with Lisbon, but my Azorean soul longs for my islands whenever I am away.
Movies: Or, my Treasure, Selena, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Central Station, That Beloved Month of August, I have to admit, I'm a sucker for any J.Lo movie. Midnight in Paris, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Les Miserables, Elsa y Fred
Music: R&B, Hip hop, pop, contemporary rock, Fado, contemporary Portuguese, axé, Música Popular Brasileira, kizomba, Discopolo (so bad! so good!). Read: Usher, Shakira, Will.I.Am, Lauryn Hill, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Boys II Men, Jay-Z, Gloria Estefan, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Amália Rodrigues, Dulce Pontes, Xutos e Pontapés, Mariza, Mafalda Veiga, Deolinda, Buraka Som Sistema, João Pedro Pais, Caetano Veloso, Chico Buarque, Ivete Sangalo, Daniela Mercury, Maria Bethânia, Anselmo Ralph, Yuri da Cunha. Everything!
Food: Portuguese. Mexican. Chinese. I'm not too fond of Italian, but it is growing on me!
TV: EMPIRE. Jane the Virgin, Orange is the New Black, Modern Family, Black-ish, The Big Bang Theory, New Girl