It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here so I’m going to try and catch up with you all and share what has been going on since July…
I’m back in the wonderful place that I call home which is West Yorkshire, England and with the blisteringly cold temperatures of winter fast approaching the scenic views and stunning sunsets of the little rural town of Medina, Brazil suddenly feel a million miles away not just in distance but in time also. It feels like an age since I was leaving the precious girls at The Pink House and my role as the dance teacher to return to the UK after becoming accustomed to a completely different way of life .
People say there’s no place like home and whilst to an extent I have to agree, at this moment in time I can’t help but wonder what ‘home’ means. England is the place I have called home for my whole life but spending 6 short yet deeply impacting months in Medina has changed how I feel about it.
I’ve tried to write many posts since returning but I haven’t managed to put my thoughts and feelings into words, this is something I wrote when I first arrived back home.
Home sweet home, but it doesn’t seem so sweet.
I have a feeling like this place is home but then part of me feels elsewhere. Some other place…
The place I left was a place other people called home and in time that place became my home too.
Casa Rosa; The Pink House.
A place where everyone felt safe and secure.
A place where everyone started off as strangers and became like family in 6 short months.
A place where verbal communication was limited due to the language barrier but through love, care and commitment a family was formed.
I left the UK in January 2013 with one home and returned back in July 2013 with two.
I miss the Pink House girls a lot!
I’m currently waiting for the arrival of my voluntary visa which will allow me to go back to The Pink House in Medina, Brazil for 12 – 24 months to continue in my role as a voluntary dance teacher. I am literally counting down the weeks until it arrives and keeping my fingers crossed that it will be granted within the next 5 weeks so I will be able to return to the Pink House girls before Christmas.
Since returning to the UK fundraising has been one of my primary focuses as I need to raise funds to cover my travelling expenses and living costs for at least the next year I’ll be in Brazil. I’m only able to do the work I do through the generosity of people that are supporting me financially and I’m extremely grateful for the donations I’ve received so far, it is a huge help to myself and Meninadanca. For more information about how you can support me financially click here or contact me.
Gala for Good
I’m hosting a fundraising event in Leeds on Sunday 10th November at a South American bar and restaurant, this will be the last of my fundraising events before I head back out to Brazil. I will be holding an auction and raffle on the evening as I’ve been extremely fortunate to have received some very generous donations from local businesses and would like to say a huge Thank You to..
Azucar Bar and Restaurant for hosting the event
Bai Lamos Dance for hosting the evenings selection of salsa dancing
Leeds United for a signed football
UT Beauty Leeds for a 1 hour Hot Stone Massage
Instituto Cervantes Leeds for a Spanish Language learning course
TAGS Education for graffiti services and a custom designed mirror
Teppanyaki Leeds for a £50 meal voucher
Tu Tienda for £100 worth of Spanish food
Everyman Cinema Leeds for free cinema tickets
Miyla Miyla Clothing for a item from the shop
Jo’s Beau’s for a gift from her shop
Dots Printhaus Leeds for screen printed tee shirts and art work
Issimo Music for free CDs
Abi Uttley for 5 Zumba class vouchers.
I’m still receiving and accepting donations from businesses so I’m sure there will be more prizes on the night, if you’re a business that would like to donate something to the event please contact me.
If you would like to win any of these prizes be sure to get to Gala for Good this coming Sunday 10th November at Azucar Restaurant and Bar in Leeds, the event starts at entrance is £15 per head and includes a 3 course tapas meal and a free salsa lesson.
The event starts at 6pm and you can pay on the door or alternatively buy your ticket online at http://battysblog.eventbrite.co.uk/