When I was in primary school, I wanted to be a detective. I printed my home phone number and pasted it on street lamps under the title “Detective.” In reality, I didn’t care about solving crimes, but I wanted to solve problems, have adventures, and make sense of the world. I was in love with maps and spinning globes, where my country seemed so small even though I couldn’t see the end of it. I was in love with stories, the ones in books, and the ones I overheard when adults thought I wasn’t paying attention.
At the age of 18, I knew I wanted to do something for society, so I went to study at NOVA University, where I obtained a Bachelor of Laws.
During my degree, I got involved with human rights groups. This led me to an exchange program at a university in Palestine. When I came back, I organized a series of events with two other women who had been to Palestine. We called it “Once upon a time; a non-told Palestine.” It was a human-centric interactive event, where participants learned about the real-life experiences of both Palestinians and Israelis.
I had worked in refugee law in Lisbon and Turkey for two years when I realized I wanted to do something more connected to the stories of people. I hitchhiked from Turkey to Russia, took a bunch of trains, and ended up in China, where I worked in a local NGO for one year. We organized storytelling events to bring attention and understanding to different realities. For example, we invited people from the LGBT+ community and their parents to share their stories with our public.
In Shanghai, I co-founded Pyramid of Babel with some friends. We organized events, published a printed magazine, produced podcasts and documentaries. Everything we did was focused on the stories of people we don’t often get to know about. We worked with many communities (people of different ethnicities, migrants, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, and many others), companies, charities, and institutions (such as the New York University in Shanghai, and How Art Museum).
In 2020, I moved back to Portugal to implement Ambigular.
This is the first chapter of this story.