While not immigration focused, I wanted to share a little highlight from my trip to Brazil in late January that I thought about and made myself smile. We could all use happy thoughts and reminders to help us get through this challenging time.

In Brazil, I planned to have a music, climate, and language type of experience. This was my third trip, and I really should have been able to communicate, so I thought. My friend John and I decided to hire a cab from the counters inside the airport – and we found Leandro. Leandro spoke clearly to us and insisted that we speak only Portuguese to him and each other. It was hard, but we did it. We hired him the next day to take us on a mini-tour in Rio, where I truly did get the experience I was hoping for.

Meeting him was a highlight of the trip. Thank you, Leandro!!