I am Laila, a Brazilian-Ukrainian-Canadian hybrid. Or brackanakrainian, for short.
I was born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and for fourteen years I was able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and the warm weather the city has to offer, but never really appreciated it as much as I do now that I have been living abroad for almost a decade.
Canada became my second home when I was short of turning 15. My journey began in Guelph, Ontario, where I went to high school for four long years and worked during my year off. Five years later, the journey continued 30km west in Waterloo, where I moved to study Political Science at Wilfrid Laurier University.
From an early age, I was taught the importance of culture in an individual’s life. I have come to define being cultured as showing interest in a variety of areas in the arts (such as music, literature, cuisine, etc) as well as being well-travelled. Growing up, I was encouraged to read books that were set in various locations and watch movies that visually introduced me to many wonderful places around the world. Family and friends also told be stories about their time abroad. All of this made me passionate about travelling, experiencing the world through my own eyes and later sharing my experiences with others, as was done with me.
I decided it was time to truly start experiencing the world during my third year at Laurier. I applied to study abroad for an entire academic year through the exchange program in early 2015, and a couple of months later I found out what my new destination would be. In October of that year, a small dorm room in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, became my third home.
As you can see, I have already started to spread my roots around the world and do not wish to stop this anytime soon. I belong to this world!
In the same manner there’s a little bit of me everywhere I have lived and visited, there’s a little bit of each of those places in me. The places I have seen, the friends I have made, the foods I have tasted, the moments I have experienced, the knowledge I have gained are the memories I keep in a safe compartment near my heart. And now in this blog.
I have many expectations for A Brazilian Miles, a play on words that represents the way in which I identify myself: a Brazilian with a dream to see a million miles, if not more.
With this blog, I hope to combine my passion for photography and writing, which I inherited from my parents, with my passion for travelling, experiencing and eating. I hope to use it as away to keep family and friends updated about my whereabouts, but most importantly, I wish for my adventures to inspire the many aspiring globetrotters out there to embark on their own journeys.