MOST Magazine Fitness APR-MAY'15 ISSUE NO.1 - Page 120

Florida, which has a very large Brazilian community. So, if I missed Brazilian food, there were restaurants I could go to, and if I missed the music, there were places I could go dance and listen to some Brazilian music. But, since moving to Northern Ireland, I miss having Brazilian things available whenever I want. There are not many Brazilians here. As a matter of fact, I have only met one in the 2 years I have been living here. FFM: At the age of 16 you moved to Louisiana in a student exchange program for a year-tell us a little about your experience. We heard that in school you had all straight A’s-is that true? NM: Living in Louisiana was awesome. I learned a lot about American culture and made friends for life. I am still in touch with the family I lived with back then, and it is pretty cool. I am not sure about the straight A’s, but I was actually a very good student, considering I didn’t speak any English when I first moved there. So, I had to work double to be able to understand not only the subject, but also the language. FFM: After a year you went back to Brazil and started law school, what made you interested in law? Did you have time to exercise while attending law school? NM: My grandfather was a lawyer, and I have always been very fair and liked to fight for what is right. But, after a while I realized that law wasn’t my passion. I surely did have time to exercise while in law school, and if I didn’t have the time, I would make the time. Being physically active always helped my productivity in everything. FFM: At what point in your life did you decide to leave Brazil? What prompted this change? NM: The city I lived in Brazil was very small and slightly backwards, if I may add. I knew there was 120 || FITNESS M A G A Z I N E || APRIL / MAY 2015