The former retail executive threw caution to the winds when she ditched her dream corporate job and flew off to Brazil to open a women-only yoga retreat.
But almost as soon as she landed in the country, she realised the omens were not good. She had set her heart on opening in the north of Brazil, a popular destination for water sports. However, a string of crimes against Americans in the area had frightened away tourists and a subsequent reorganisation of flight schedules meant visitors would have to add an extra eight hours to their journey to get there. She also discovered the area lacked people with experience in yoga and spa treatments.
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