"you don't have to go home but you can't stay here."
Rudy & Roxanne are back, together (yay!), in Phoenix.
Kristin & Thiago are now setting up home, cars, and careers in Kansas City.
Fifi is taking a break in L.A., before starting her new chapter in Cali, Colombia.
Ivan (to whom I owe many thanks for always being "up for it") is probably out salsa dancing in Cidade Baixa - but Cassá de la Selva, Spain, beckons soon. At least for a little while.
Scott & Eliana are visiting the States for a while.
And yours truly, I'm off to Chicago for a few weeks.
Then, I'm changing my name.
A few weeks back I was remembering my mission mantra: "Leap and the net will appear." I was feeling half comfortable, half stir-crazy. I reminded myself that even if I can't identify the grand scheme from this angle, I know that it has nothing to do with the word "settle". At least, not yet.
After a chat with Marcelo that doubled as a revival, I made a few more phone calls. Within three days, my network of friends wove the net before me. Incredible.
I'm moving to São Paulo. I have a short term apartment in Pinheiros, coincidentally a stone's throw from Casa Club. I have some job leads. I have a surrogate family waiting for my arrival--comprised of the family and friends of my Porto Alegre pals. I even have a running club, since I'll be broke for a while and have to take a hiatus from the bars (ha)!
I was talking to friends about the bittersweet sentiments I have toward closing the Porto Alegre chapter of my life, and Adri, quite rightly, corrected me: "This wasn't a chapter. Now you are starting a new book."
"every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end"