It's true that I felt much more culture shock moving to Alabama than when I moved to Brazil. I've always been drawn to and felt comfortable with the Latin cultures. Alabama is the epitome of "The Deep South," and it was a struggle to adjust to living here. I've slowly gotten used to the way of life here, but there are still a few things that I still find a bit "shocking."
Overall, living here has been a positive experience. We have grown as a couple, we have grown in our careers, and we have met some really great people. We have also met some really not-great people, but I'm choosing to focus on the positives. Here is where we got our first "baby," and for that I will be forever grateful! While we don't plan on staying here forever, I am thankful for the times we have had here so far!