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HOW TO IMMERSE YOURSELF WHEN LIVING ABROAD

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“To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.”  -Seren Kierkegaard The day you decide to move overseas is unforgettable. You begin to picture yourself mingling with locals, speaking the local language fluently, and maybe even letting your hips shake to the native rhythms of the region. The excitement […]

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9 REASONS YOU SHOULD LOVE SÃO PAULO

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“O que você esta fazendo em São Paulo?” -Just about everyone Brazilian who’s ever met me “What the hell are you doing here?” Not a week goes by where I’m not asked this once. If you’re an expat, you’ve probably got your elevator pitch response memorized at this point. If you dream of being one, […]

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CATCH ME IF YOU CAN III: THE VISA NAZI

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  “No soup for you!” – The Soup Nazi, ‘Seinfeld’ To read Part I and II of ‘Catch Me If You Can’, click here. When I first came to the Policia Federal in Lapa to get my Spanish tourist visa extended, I took the wrong combo of trains and buses, arrived at the worst possible […]

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REFLECTING ON 1 YEAR IN SOUTH AMERICA

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Exactly 1 year ago today, I left beautiful Miami for South America, with little more than a backpack, my 3 passports and an open mind. After years of wanting to live overseas, I took the leap and booked a one-way award ticket to Brazil, with the mandatory 2-month layover in Ecuador. I’d always thrived on […]

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THE UPS AND DOWNS OF BRAZIL

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“But I know I’m gonna change that tune, when I’m back on top… back on top in June.”- Frank Sinatra   “You are learning what it’s like to be Brazilian”, my student Debora joked earlier today. “This is life here, always up and down, no equilibrium!” Up and down indeed. 2012 didn’t get off to […]

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CATCH ME IF YOU CAN II: 10K DRIFT

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“I find I’m so excited, I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope to see […]

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CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

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  In 1971, at the onset of a military dictatorship, my Grandparents and my Father left Uruguay after 18 years of living there in search of a new life in New York. 40 years later, I’ll fly to Uruguay looking to preserve my current life. Brazil allows tourists to stay in the country a total […]

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