Monthly Archives: December 2010

Sloth Surprise

Today we went to the Botanical Gardens in Rio. It’s a beautiful place to visit, full of interesting plant life and history. It’s especially great for kids and contains a playground in the gardens. Walking along, I spotted a stone … Continue reading

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Paper Napkins

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One factor of Brazilian culture I’ve always found puzzling is the napkin-dispenser paper napkin phenomenon. If you go to a café or a bar or a pizzaeria, you won’t recognize what you pull out of the dispenser. The napkins are … Continue reading

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Motherhood: Ch. I, Vol. 1

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I’ve arrived at the two-year mark from where my story was set in motion. So I thought I might embark upon the journey of documenting the road, which began in, and eventually led to, Brazil. Continue reading

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Preparing for the beach

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If you are squeamish, or if you are a friend of mine that plans to ever share a meal with me in the future (or if you are my mother), stop reading now. I suggest you flip over to the next post. Or perhaps see what’s happening on Facebook. For the following is a hard-core account of preparing for the beach in the Brazil, and some of it, ironically, is not pretty. Continue reading

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Yesterday a friend and I ordered delivery for lunch from a local Italian restaurant. Halfway through my Penne Primavera, I realized that the “cheese” I thought had accompanied it, and I had spread across my noodles, was actually mayonnaise.  Bizarre … Continue reading

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To Drive or NOT To Drive

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…Like watching a herd of buffalo charging across a prairie, you can’t imagine that the beasts will avoid crashing into each other amidst the chaos of the stampede. But somehow instincts kick in and it all works out… Continue reading

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…So, to get rid of him, I did my best Invasion of the Body Snatchers alien impersonation. I made an extremely loud, high-pitched, inhuman noise and pointed at him with my mouth open… Continue reading

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Sam’s Club Sao Paulo

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Wouldn’t you know it, Sao Paulo has a Sam’s Club, and not just one. Continue reading

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Pedestrian Jungle

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…I’ve begun to wonder if the state of the automobile/pedestrian relationship is somehow primal. Perhaps the Brazilians’ jungle-living heritage is satisfied by artfully dodging large beings set on a path of destruction… Continue reading

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Bread is huge in Brazil. This is quite unfortunate for me, as I have been attempting to avoid bread since it came out in The Zone that is was the source of all unhappiness in the world. The favorite is … Continue reading

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The Play Date

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…What I didn’t expect was this. There were no less than six people working the “play date,” possibly more. Inside was the standard toy set up with standard play date snacks like brownies and cookies (although more extensive than I could have imagined). But outside she had arranged for two stands with people cooking and serving hot dogs, popcorn, cheese-on-a-stick, etc. She had also rented a ball pit and a trampoline, each with an attendant. On top of that, people were walking around passing out food and drink… Continue reading

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Holiday Adornments

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Sao Paulo, Brazil would most definitely win first place in the “Global Award for Christmas Decoration Participation,” if indeed, there was such an honor. Continue reading

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Face Off

I recently attended a lovely luncheon conducted at the home of a most gracious host for her Sao Paulo high society friends. The guests consisted of 20 women, most of which were sliding down the tail end of a century. … Continue reading

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