I was born and raised in Bahia Brazil and moved to Denver, Colorado in 1979 to join my sister. She and I both taught Portuguese to Peace Corps trainees and she married one. In Denver I was a residential program manager for intellectually challenged adults. I've lived in beautiful San Francisco since 2000. I work as a real estate agent and I continue my work with the intellectually challenged as a case manager. I love meeting people from different backgrounds and cultures. One of my favorite things is food. I love to cook traditional Brazilian meals and to create new recipes. I enjoy travel, reading and nature. I am crazy for dogs and birds. A Buddhist, I feel energized when I chant.