Adverse living conditions in former Luxembourg and the hope for a better future prompted numerous Luxembourgers to emigrate to Brazil at the beginning of the 19th century. Today, their descendants often know nothing about their roots. Only three years ago Carolina Michelli found out that her great-great-great-grandfather was from Luxembourg. Today she is a successful hairdresser in Dudelange.
“The cats club”, reads a sign on the door to Carolina Michelli’s flat. The 33-year-old with the bright red hair opens the door with a smile. On her head, a fine golden hairband with cat ears. It is impossible to overlook that Carolina is mad about cats. Alongside her husband Marcus, she shares her flat with their feline housemates Mozilla Firefox, Bruce Wayne and Nala.
Carolina has been living in Luxembourg for one year and five months. She works as a hairdresser at the Ferber hair salon, where she has made a name for herself extraordinarily quickly. Even though she was unable to work for at least three months due to the lockdown. “I never expected that. I already have to turn down clients.” Her calendar is fully booked for the next six weeks – on saturdays even for the next three months. She has more than 4,400 followers on the social media app Instagram.
Carolina is a Luxembourger, lives in Bivingen and works in Dudelange. This is crazy considering that until three years ago she didn’t even know that Luxembourg existed, let alone where it was. The 33-year-old was born and grew up in Brazil, more precisely in the south of the country. The country which is so big that Luxembourg could fit over 3,200 times in it. In 2018, her mother found out that Carolina’s great-great-great-grandfather had emigrated from Luxembourg to Brazil in 1862.
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