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GETTING OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE (AND KEEPING UP WITH THE BRITOS)

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  “If we would’ve told you everything, you probably wouldn’t have done it. But I knew you wouldn’t crap your pants. Pee your pants maybe, but not crap.”  -Mateus, moments after reaching our 2nd campsite en route to Teresópolis “You only ever grow as a human being if you’re outside of your comfort zone” -Percy […]

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SHARING BEER AND HAPPINESS IN BRAZIL

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Knee-deep in the Ecuador leg of my three-week holiday vaca, I felt a void on many nights when out with family and friends, both new and old. But It wasn’t until my uncle broke out his Johnnie Walker stash to lift our Christmas spirits, both literally and figuratively, that it hit me – I missed […]

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CHOOSING A BRAZILIAN SOCCER TEAM, PART IV- The Decision

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“Dude, anyone but Corinthians. If you pick Corinthians, start looking for somewhere else to live.” -My housemate Mateus, a Cruzeiro supporter, May 2012   AS THE STONES ONCE SAID, you can’t always get what you want. Time and time again, we aim high and settle for something less. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. I […]

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THE HELLISH ROUTE TO MORRO DE SÃO PAULO

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  “Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with what there is.” ― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea   THE DAY you find yourself in Salvador, you’ll be too close to avoid the gravitational pull of the island paradise known as Morro […]

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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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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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