Young rider Jesusleny Gomes Neres has led an adventurous and by no means easy life, but her unshakeable faith has enabled her to face her challenges with courage and strength.
Born in Brazil, Jesusleny has Venetian roots, and like more than half a million Brazilian citizens she speaks Talian, a dialect which shares the grammar and vocabulary of the Venetian language.
It was love that brought Jesusleny to Italy with her then six-month-old daughter in 2001, when she was 17 and a half. She now has three children, aged 22, 10, and 3, and lives in Verona working as a digital marketing entrepreneur and expert in IT platforms and cybersecurity. She also works in Germany and speaks German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Venetian.
Since moving to Europe, Jesusleny has developed a passion for exploring her local area and beyond. In just five months, she visited all 574 municipalities in the Veneto region entirely on foot: 3,000 kilometres in total. Then, at the height of the pandemic in 2021, she walked from Munich to Verona over 14 days, a journey that she documented on her blog, Diversamente Veneto.