A Semana Passada

A Semana Passada

Day 125 I think Sundays will always be my favorite days here.  Keia and I just got home from a relaxed dinner with live music and a lot of our friends.  Before that I woke up late and spent the better part of the day sitting in the sand on the beach in Ipanema as my friends trickled in, arriving, and talking, and kicking around a soccer ball until we all went for a chopp at one of the quiosques…

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It just doesn’t end

It just doesn’t end

Day 118 The beginning of last week was a little tough.  I felt pretty alone with all of my visitors gone and not really much to be done for my classes.  On top of that Keia took a trip to the Iguaçu Falls with her parents, so the house was pretty quiet.  To fill up my time I went running, grocery shopping, cooked, washed laundry, and went to the beach to sketch or read nearly every day.  It’s not a…

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From the Putrid to the Devine

From the Putrid to the Devine

Day 112 (aka week 16!) I’m sorry that it’s been so long since I updated, it’s just that Mom and I have been so busy there has hardly been time!  I dropped her off at the airport earlier tonight, so tomorrow resumes classes, meetings, laundry, grocery shopping, and all things normal life.  This week was a jam-packed one, so I’m going to let pictures do most of the talking. Here’s the run-down: Monday- Mom flew in early, and I went…

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All of the Activities, Part II

All of the Activities, Part II

Day 103 It’s been just a couple of hours since I dropped Charles off at the airport to head back to the States.  He should be home safe and sound around midday tomorrow.   The rest of our trip was absolutely wonderful, so I guess I’ll start right where I left off. Wednesday we left early to head to the Feira de São Cristóvão, the gigantic center near Centro dedicated to the Nordeste (“Northeast”) culture of Brazil.  It was a heck…

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So much room for activities!

So much room for activities!

Day 98… is when I originally wrote this post, however the internet was a bit wonky that day and so it’s coming to you all a bit later than expected. This week is certainly a busy one.  I finished and turned in my project for Pesquisa Operacional on Friday before going to Nayra’s house with all of our friends for dinner.  Charles arrived on Saturday, so of course we went almost immediately to the beach!  He tried a traditional feijoada…

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To be an American

To be an American

Day 93 It turns out my English class this week got cancelled, and that my phone interviews aren’t until next week- which was all a little disappointing.  It gave me a little more time though to organize the laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and going to the bank parts of my life.  Ribamar is generally impressed by Keia’s cooking and general home-making skills.  This week though my sausage, eggplant, tomato, green pepper, garlic and onion recipe for pasta sauce impressed…

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Just another paradise.. (our trip to Ilha Grande)

Just another paradise.. (our trip to Ilha Grande)

Day 90 I’m sorry that I didn’t give the heads up last week that I would be heading out of town once again for the weekend.  Keia and I had dinner with our friends on Monday night, and they convinced us to get a move-on on our projects so that we could join everyone for a weekend vacation in Ilha Grande.  Ilha Grande (which literally means “the big island”) is a little more than a 2 hour drive south of…

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São Paulo.

São Paulo.

Day 83 Well it certainly is a big city. From the top of the 37th floor of one of the buildings in Centro we couldn’t see where the skyscrapers ended. Keia and I arrived at the rodoviária in São Paulo around 6am on Friday.  We took a cab straight to John’s apartment and passed out for a couple of hours before going to explore the city.  São Paulo has a lot of culture, as in museums and galleries, restaurants and nightclubs. …

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Parabéns!

Parabéns!

Day 78 My word, it was hot today! Up to 39 degrees Centigrade, which- if you translate it the easy way- comes out to 108 degrees Fahrenheit, or- if you translate it Dad’s more accurate way- is 102.2 degrees (and turns out to be exact).  Everyone says that Summer is on it’s way, which worries me because if it has yet to truly arrive we are going to be miserable in this un-air conditioned room on the third floor for…

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My Life!

My Life!

Day 75 This was just one of those weekends, where everything I did in a day made me seriously take a look and my life and left me in disbelief that it’s real!  Friday night we had another “Girls’ Night” at Amanda and Luciana’s apartment.  Amanda made an absolutely delicious stroganoff and we all sat around eating and drinking and talking for a couple of hours before meeting the gang in Lapa.   It was a relatively early night (a.k.a…

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