Vera Almeida emigrated to buy a car and ended up falling in love and starting a family

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Born in the parish of Sande and São Lourenço do Douro, in the municipality of Marco de Canaveses, Vera Almeida has been living in a small town in Paris for nine years. She left at a very young age, just 21, in search of a new experience. “I didn’t feel well in Portugal, I needed a change of scenery and money was also another reason. In fact, it was a combination of factors but, above all, it was time to think about myself. So I came with a schoolmate, who had already lived here for three years,” she recalls.

Vera Almeida emigrated to buy a car and ended up falling in love and starting a family

The language was unknown, the beginning “is never easy”, but “little by little” he adapted to a reality different from the Portuguese one. “One of the things I found hardest was not being near the beach. In Portugal I went there often and here it is rare”, recalls Vera Almeida.

Vera Almeida emigrated to buy a car and ended up falling in love and starting a family

At 32, and nine years after leaving her homeland, she says that being an emigrant “is good because it’s also a new experience. If I went back I would choose to leave again, I don’t regret the choice I made at all. I needed to think about myself”.

Vera Almeida emigrated to buy a car and ended up falling in love and starting a family

As for future dreams, he says he prefers to “live day by day. I don’t think about what I can do in two years, for example, and I don’t do long-term projects. I live one day at a time”, says Vera Almeida.

Vera Almeida emigrated to buy a car and ended up falling in love and starting a family

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