ABOUT THIS BLOG

ABOUT THIS BLOG

After spending more than a little bit of time daunted by the thought of actually starting this blog, I’ve decided to structure it a little differently than I have in the past.  It’s been over 3 weeks since I’ve had any access to internet, and 5 weeks now that I’ve been in Nicaragua.  Too much has happened to recount it all chronologically, so I’ve decided to separate my posts into topics.  This way you’re free to read about whatever might…

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Food

Food

I´ve just finished eating lunch, so it seemed like an appropriate time to write about food.  A lot of people asked me before I left whether it would be difficult to stay a vegetarian here.  I knew rice and beans were a major staple, but I really wasn´t sure what else to expect.  I´ve been pleasantly surprised that not only is it easy to be a vegetarian, it´s partially… required.  Even the carnivores aren´t being fed much meat here.  Not…

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A Typical Day in Los Bordos

A Typical Day in Los Bordos

Los Borditos Martínez is the name of the community where I will be spending all 3 phases of my Raleigh Expedition experience (around 9 weeks in total).  We are implementing a water, sanitation, and health (WASH) project here, which I´ll write about in more detail later on.  Right now, I want to attempt to give you a taste of what it´s like to live here with a typical family in Los Bordos. (My favorite view in the community) I´m sitting…

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Resfeber

Resfeber

Resfeber (n.): the restless race of the traveller’s heart before the journey begins, when anxiety and anticipation are tangled together; the nervous feeling before taking a journey — And so it begins… for those of you who have been eagerly awaiting (Dad..), this is first blog post of my next adventure! I’m about to fly down to Nicaragua to spend 6 moths working with an organization called Raleigh International, taking a sabbatical from my job at Deloitte.  I have had…

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The Adventure Doesn’t End Here.

The Adventure Doesn’t End Here.

Day 170 I’m writing this from an airplane a few thousand kilometers up in the sky over South America on my way back to the States, and no kidding, the song “America” by Razorlight just came up on my iTunes shuffle.  Once I get in to Washington D.C. I still have a bit of traveling to do before I can really say I’m home.  Charles is picking me up at the airport and tomorrow night we’re starting the drive with…

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Os Finais.

Os Finais.

Day 160 With just more than one week left, we are closing in on the end of our experience here in Brazil.  All of us hope to come back one day, but none of us are sure how it will happen or what it will look like.  All of our friends hope we’ll get to see Réveillon and Carnival at the very least someday. Last week the experiment in Rocinha well.  We took a bus into Rocinha which carried us…

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Festas and Foodstuffs

Festas and Foodstuffs

Day 153 This week passed by like a whirlwind.  Despite the rain, I really didn’t accomplish much so I have my work cut out for me over the next couple of weeks.  I think I function better this way anyway, but I guess we’ll find out! Keia and I decided not to participate in Startup Weekend, but we bought tickets to watch the final presentations on Sunday night.  It should be a really interesting experience, and I’m excited to go….

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Better Late Than Never

Better Late Than Never

Day 147 Thanksgiving dinner didn’t end up happening until Sunday night, but better late than never, right?  Keia and I got up and worked out on Sunday morning, planned a menu and then went grocery shopping to hunt down all of the things we would need.  Three supermarkets later we had our hands on some brown sugar, but unfortunately cranberry sauce never showed its face. The Menu: Roasted Chicken (it’s tough to get your hands on a turkey here) Green…

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On the Road.

On the Road.

Day 142 What a week it has been.  We got back from our road trip through Minas Gerais around 2am this morning.  It was definitely something different, and definitely a lot of fun.  Last Wednesday before we were about to leave I realized that our car rental hadn’t been finalized.  We hadn’t thought about the fact that car rental shops would also be on holiday that Thursday and following Tuesday for the feriados, so no, we could not rent nor…

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Finally Making Lemons into Lemonade

Finally Making Lemons into Lemonade

Day 134 Shout out to Keia on her birthday! (technically yesterday, because now it’s the 14th..) I’m pretty sure that last week was more or less relaxed, as I predicted it would be.  There was a jazz festival in Leblon on Saturday and our friend premiered DJing for the first time at a tiny venue in Botafogo while Sunday was another perfect day on the beach with friends.  I can’t seem to remember out-rightly much of anything before that though,…

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