Monthly Archives: December 2011

Unresolved Fears

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

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Baby Doll Expats

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

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Brazilian Baywatch

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

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Only A Dream in Rio

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.

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Holiday Traditions

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

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Birthday Gratitude!

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

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Road Side Snacks

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

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Happy Holidays to My Readers!

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

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Shopper Stalking

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

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Sao Paulo Real Estate Doesn’t Make Sense

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

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Flash mobs? Flash dance? Flash back.

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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Go Figure

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

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Birthday Party Mystery

Children, tile floor, & spray foam. Who on earth came up with this brilliant idea?  

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Panettone Panic

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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

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Sao Paulo Zoo

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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

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Yes, I am an American Mom

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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Rio Grande do Sul: Brazil’s Wine Country

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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

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I’m the Big Fat, Dumb American

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

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A Brazilian Birthday Party: Year Two, Part Two

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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The Brazilian Birthday Party: Year Two

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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

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