quinta-feira, 24 de abril de 2014


This is one of the most exciting posts I'm ever gonna write! Thank God my visa was approved! But I should warn you that this wasn't pretty normal as people used to tell me!
I woke up, showered, had a quick breakfast and my host father drove me to the Consulate! We were kinda late, however we got there on time.
As soon as I got there I could see all people in lines organized by the time of the interview. Mine was about to be called to enter the security area! (It's really important for you to know that you MUST NOT carry flashdrives, cellphones, sharp materials, CDs, electronic devices, etc. Get your DS-160 and passport ready to be checked.)
After entering the room in order to pass by security, I put ALL objects I had in a kind of tray. Suddenly something curious and funny happened. I was carrying a medicine for allergies due to climate variation, the guy forced me to take it! Hahaha. Maybe he thought I could be high! Without hesitating I did what he asked me. He stared at me for awhile, probably waiting for some reaction of my body or my pupils, I don't know! Anyways, then I passed by the metal detector and followed some signs which were leading me to another person who took my passport and DS-160 and warned me that I would be called by my full name for the interview. I remained waiting in a room full of people, but about 30 minutes later I was called to remain standing behind a red line. Meanwhile, my heart was beating really hard, but I knew that I couldn't show nervousness. The lady said that I could go to the cabine n* 7. 
Everybody used to tell me that the interviews for J1 applicants are often half Portuguese/ half English. IT WAS NOT! IT WAS ALL IN ENGLISH! I wonder that this happened because I was going to study at a university.
The American lady started our conversation by saying... Guess what? "Hello"? "good morning"? NO! She gets started by saying "Can you speak English?". Blessedly, I quickly said "Yes"! In short, we spent around 3 minutes speaking until I hear the sentence: "Your visa was approved... Oh... Wait!" That made my heart starts beating very fast. My torture was to remain standing for around 10 minutes without saying a word as I was looking at her making strange facial expressions like something was wrong! 
She asked for a document that I didn't have (it's important to highlight that I had a folder full of documents) making me feel suspicious of her request! It would be a test? After being in anguish, the silence was broken by the last sentence that came out from her: "Alright, your visa was approved and it will be delivered by mail in 2 weeks. Have a good trip!" 
I just could experience more peace and a huge relief! Thanks Jesus!
She gave a flier with some info on my rights as a foreign and gave me back my J1 stamped to present when I arrive in the US and have to go through immigration.

After this, I met my host father who took me home. In the evening I had a nice rehearsal at his church and had dinner! It was great! I really appreciate the angels who God has put on my way!
Thank you all! Now I can go back home with the happiest and most thankful smile ever!
I am on my way,  the USA!!! Bye Brasilia, bye dear host family. See you all soon!

quarta-feira, 23 de abril de 2014

Getting my visa in Brasilia! (1st Part)

I was really excited and looking forward to traveling to Brasilia to get my visa... And the time is now!
I left my city with a very sunny day and warm weather for a really fresh, rainy and considerably colder city of Brasilia, the well-planned capital of Brazil, which caused me a climate shock, subsequently a strong headache! Lol
I arrived in the evening and it was raining really hard with some lightnings, then we were forced to stay in the airplane until the weather be changed. After 20 minutes in it, we were conducted to the baggage claim area to get my stuff. I remained at the airport for more 20 minutes until my host uncle arrives! Finally, Brasilia!!!

He took me to get to know the administrative area of the city and all the political institutions such as the president's and vice's offices building, the diplomatic spot called "Itamaraty" and other tourist destinations. After going sightseeing a little bit, my host uncle took me for lunch at a very American restaurant which was really nice to get into the mood... I really appreciated that! We had some steaks with barbecue sause on it and some French fries! It was really good! Thanks, uncle!

Then we went home to get a recovery time before my first day of interview, but we didn't rest! I met my host cousins, Wesley and Lincoln. One of my truly amazing host cousin, Wesley, and I went to the market at 1:40 in the morning (there are 24/7 supermarkets and grocery stores all over Federal District) to get our breakfast before going to the CASV (Centro de Atendimento ao Solicitante de Visto). 
Wesley and I had a nice time, singing and talking about music throughout the day! We have very similar taste of music, we both are passionate about Soul Music and we spent our morning enjoy gospel songs and some international singers' singing such as Eli Soares, Daniela Araujo and Brian McKnight! He is a really, I said amazingly good singer! I was humiliated by him! Hahaha. I had so much fun, I said so much fun! Thanks, buddy! I wish I could spend more time with you!

Despite the fact I was very tired, I constantly woke up at night worried about the first part of my trip! CASV! 
Blessedly, my uncle and my cousin made me feel secure, confident, calm and protected. They treated like family!!
After sleeping for awhile, Wesley and I had a quick breakfast and he drove me there. When I got at the CASV, there was a line in which everybody who set their appointment to 10:30 was standing waiting and carrying their DS-160 and passport. I passed by security and metal detector then I was already called by an agent which confirmed my personal and my visa information. After it got checked, I had to go to some cabines because some agents were waiting for the visa applicants. I was called by one of them and I sat down. The lady asked if this was my first visa request/application and took a picture of me. Then I had my fingerprints taken, my passport received a sticker with a bar code and my DS-160 was stamped as "Home delivery" which means that after getting approved I'll receive my passport and visa at home by mail! It was really fast and surprisely "normal"! Hahaha. Then I need to go to the American Consulate in order to have my interview on my trip which is the scariest step for many people! I need to get there with 15 minutes in advance! Which is nice but it doesn't work for an anxious person such as myself! Let's see what happens! Everything I know is that every step of mine is under God's control!

After this moment we went for lunch at my host grandparents' apartment where I had the opportunity to talk about my blessed moment and hear some blessed experiences from them as well. We went to the mall, we bought some snacks and had them at home where I met my other host cousin, Jessyca, we went to the studio where my host father had some musical issues on his chorus' album to settle as I'm here writing this post and remembering the songs I sang with them once at my church. Now, I'm waiting for him to finish it up because we still have to get my baggage at my host cousins and aunt's place and finally  have a relaxing time! We need it so bad!

I'm happy to see all things God has done towards my well-being! I must confess that I'm kind of nervous about tomorrow morning at the consulate. I don't know what to expect, what to think... I just have to trust God and try to rest... Oh God! I've been experiencing so many things and God's promisses are so truly amazing! I'm really happy for it! He has put great people on my way and he has taken good care of me! #Happiness&AppreciationDefineMe!