In the late 19th century, parts of my family left Europe (Portugal and Italy) and moved to southern Brazil. The Portuguese side of my family comes from Castro Laboreiro, a cute small village in northern Portugal (quite close to the Spanish border). The Italian side of my family comes from Vicenza.
I was born in a small town near Porto Alegre, the southernmost capital city in Brazil. I got interested in Linguistics after I started teaching English to Portuguese speakers. That led me to do a BA in Linguistics and Translation. In 2012, I immigrated to Montreal to start my PhD at McGill (I've been a permanent resident of Canada since 2013).
Outside academia, I enjoy travel, acoustic guitars and photography (I have a short portfolio here). I started playing the guitar when I was in high school, and I am mostly interested in improvisation, blues and classic rock.