Often times, new year’s resolutions are dependent on overcoming the things that scare us. Fear of failure, fear of success, fear of tragedy, fear of loneliness…. While my resolutions this year are focused on a few, pointed goals, I thought … Continue reading
I know. It may appear that I am verging on an obsession with baby dolls. But we went to my father-in-law’s house yesterday and it just so happened that he had pulled a number of dolls from his attic to … Continue reading
Yesterday we got to witness a boy being rescued by helicopter at Leblon Beach in Rio. Then, I guess they figured since they had the net out anyway, why not catch a fish! (it may be hard to see, was … Continue reading
Posted in Brazilliant, Daily Escapades, Foreigner Insights
Tagged American, beach, brazil, helicopter, Leblon, life, rescue, rio de janeiro, travel
We’ve finally arrived in Rio after a few days in the mountains. One of my favorite artists singing about one of my favorite cities.
When I was young, Christmas Eve in our house, as well as in the homes of friends and acquaintances, was nearly a non-event. Sure, we might sit around by the fire and eat hors d’oeuvres, but if it didn’t happen, … Continue reading
Today is my birthday! And while I won’t confess to how young I am, I will give you 42 things I am thankful for (in no particular order): My beautiful, little family. That circumstances have allowed me to take a … Continue reading
Once again we made the drive from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro so we can spend the holidays first in the mountains of Petropolis and then on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Important elements to trip are the … Continue reading
Whatever you believe in Whatever is meaningful Whatever brings you happiness… May it be yours this holiday season And throughout the coming year. Holiday Card for You Born Again Brazilian
I’ve never shopped in Sao Paulo for clothing before today. Luckily, between the move and my last trip to the U.S., I’ve been able to maintain supplies. But we are going to Rio for the holidays so I thought I … Continue reading
I experienced the same unsettling feeling when we were in Manhattan. A lot of our friends were pushing us to buy something. They were buying (multiple properties actually) and they talked about the tax breaks and the great investment status. … Continue reading
Posted in Foreigner Insights, Living in Sao Paulo, New York City, What the h*ll is that?
Tagged American, brazil, Brazil economics, expat, life, real estate, sao paulo, Sao Paulo economics, Sao Paulo real estate market
When the term “flash mob” was first introduced to me, it was via horror stories from friends and family in the U.S. about mobs of gang members shaking down innocent and trapped victims. Only recently have I come to understand … Continue reading
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Tagged American, brazil, Christmas, dance, flash mob, Jim Henson, life, memorial, muppets, music, parenting
This is one of the strangest statues I’ve come across in a while. As you can see, it is a man on all fours whose head and torso seem to be out of proportion to his arms and legs. He … Continue reading
Posted in Daily Escapades, Expatriate Info & Advice, Living in Sao Paulo, What the h*ll is that?
Tagged American, brazil, culture, expat, expatriate, humor, life, parque do povo, sao paulo, strange statue
Children, tile floor, & spray foam. Who on earth came up with this brilliant idea?
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Yesterday I went into one of the local grocery stores in our neighborhood, Santa Lucia. The place was packed to the gills! I started to panic, thinking perhaps war had been declared and there was a run on grocery stores. … Continue reading
Tagged American, brazil, Christmas, culture, expat, expatriate, holidays, humor, life, panetonne, Santa Lucia, sao paulo
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I was never a big fan of zoos. I get the concept, all in the name of science and education. But I’ve seen some pretty sad establishments in my time. However, when you’ve got a kid, zoos are hard to … Continue reading
For most of my life, “mom” wasn’t even in my definition. And when it was, I never considered that my nationality would play a big part in it. Good mom, bad mom, lazy mom, super mom… all possibilities. But many … Continue reading
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I won’t try and be delicate about it. Brazil wine is mostly crap. So when we planned a trip to the south of Brazil to check out the wine country, my emotions were mixed. We had spent our fair share … Continue reading
Tagged American, Bento Goncalves, brazil, expat, expatriate, humor, life, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, South of Brazil, travel
My daughter’s Brazilian school is rather international. More international, actually than her “international” school, which was mostly Brazilians. I appreciate this and am always interested in learning and experiencing other cultures. The mother of her little Chinese school friend and … Continue reading
In my last post, I mentioned that I couldn’t put into words what disturbed me about my daughter receiving so many presents from her 4th party. But tonight I realized what was eating at me. It’s the same thing that … Continue reading
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I’ve finally gathered the strength to write about this year’s Brazilian Birthday (insert big dramatic sigh). Yes. I did it again. Although last year I swore I wouldn’t, we put on another Brazilian birthday party for my daughter’s 4th. I … Continue reading