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Dr Allana Da Graca
Dr. Allana Da Graca is the founder of Turning on the Lights Global Institute, Inc. Her focus as an educator is to help adult learners reach their personal and professional goals. She is the author of a new self-help book called Tomorrow Can’t Wait. Currently she teaches a variety of communication courses as an online instructor at Walden University. She is the recipient of the Robert C. Ford Fellowship, Martin Luther King Leadership BHCC Award, and the Chahara Foundation Award. Learn more at

Dr Allana Da Graca

5 Useful Tips For Intercultural Couples Moving Abroad

Posted by: Carole on Sunday October 11, 2015 (04:39:13)   (2011 Reads)
Dr Allana Da Graca
When an intercultural couple moves abroad this can be an exciting time. This always true when we watch the 30 minute travel show about a couple who ditches their regular life with eyes set across the Atlantic. Is there anything negative that can happen when a loving couple moves abroad? In this post I will discuss my experiences of moving abroad with my husband to Portugal. I hope to shed some light on some themes that couples can consider when moving abroad.

One: Language Dependence
When an intercultural couple moves abroad with a spouse who speaks the native language this can be an awesome asset to have.    more ...

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The Challenges Of Living In Portugal

Posted by: Carole on Sunday July 26, 2015 (01:03:45)   (2418 Reads)
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Emotions Of Living Abroad
Why is my life drastically different? When one moves from an area of comfort to one of moderation it can be daunting once the reality of such a move begins to settle in. I have experienced a range of emotions, experiences, and nice surprises. I will attempt to explain some of the challenges and highlights I have had since I moved to Portugal.    more ...

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Portugal - The Land Of Discovery

Posted by: Carole on Monday May 04, 2015 (00:31:43)   (2146 Reads)
Dr. Allana Da Graca
Portugal is a unique place to live. It offers artistry, warmth and opportunity for new discovery.

Finding a New Artistic Voice

Yesterday I had the pleasure of singing with the Bandalhos band for a birthday bash of a dear friend. At the onset of joining this band I was a bit intimidated because rock music was not necessarily my forte. Ask me to sing the Jazz of Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn and I would do so without hesitation. When I heard that the set list would include songs from the likes of Gary Moore and Guns N’ Roses I almost said no altogether.    more ...

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Living Abroad - Take One Day At A Time

Posted by: Carole on Thursday April 09, 2015 (00:48:47)   (2585 Reads)
Dr. Allana Da Graca
I feel like I have been on an extended vacation. It has been a month and a half since I have been in Lisbon, Portugal and my sense of visitation has evolved.

I always knew that I wanted to live abroad. The idea of walking by the river and smelling pastries from the local bakery was something I always dreamed of. I cannot tell you how many international travel shows I watched to understand the plight of those who dared to move abroad. The dream of eating pastries, touring historic neighborhoods, tasting an array of seafood, and tasting fresh cheese has been a delightful experience. In addition to this, my Portuguese greeting has been perfected and I am able to interact with some of the local vendors.    more ...

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The Move To Portugal

Posted by: Carole on Thursday March 12, 2015 (05:11:39)   (2841 Reads)
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My husband and I looked at one another and knew the move was official. We loaded our last set of containers into the moving truck and realized that our move to Portugal was fast approaching. We had our going away parties, donated unwanted furniture and said goodbye. Fortunately, my husband has family in Portugal so my fears of getting stuck in the train station without the fluency of the language was something I did not have to ponder. In this blog I will highlight my initial observations about social aspects of living in Lisbon.


I live 15 minutes away from Lisbon and love the fact that the sense of community is rich in this city.    more ...

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