With the exception of two years spent living in Rio das Pedras, Samuel da Silva Lima has lived his whole life in Cidade Alta, located in the northern extremity of Rio. Though they do not always agree, he and his family have a good relationship and, most importantly, he can count on them if needed. But Samuel is strong-willed and independent, evidenced by the fact that he has worked since his adolescence in jobs ranging from an apprenticeship with Info-Globo to waiting tables in Lapa to interning with non-profit cultural group Afro-Reggae. A recent graduate with a degree in social service, he is interested in expanding his professional horizons and doing something original—perhaps producing musical events. Samuel participates in the RioOnWatch community journalism course, and his articles appear on RioOnWatch.org thanks to the work of volunteer translators.