I have a few blog post ideas on my list right now, but this evening prompted me to set those aside for the moment and write about what happened this evening. Forgive me in advance for sounding sentimental, cliche or overly sappy! Tonight was my second-to-last German class that I taught to my advanced group … Continue reading Why a tiny dove will always remind me of teaching in Brazil
Before we leave Brasília, I promise to write a post on my favorite things to do in the city, but for the time being, I am going to stick to the theme of my last post: places to go if you want to escape the city! This blog is about travel, after all! There are a … Continue reading Day Trips from Brasília: Pirenópolis, Salto Corumbá, Poço Azul, Salto do Itiquira
In Portuguese, the word “saudades” is used to express longing, missing or nostalgia for a time past or for something that is absent from your life–or that was possible never there. It conjures up feelings of wistfulness, melancholy and incompleteness. With only three more months in Brazil, I am already beginning to feel “saudades” creep … Continue reading Escaping the Concrete Jungle
One of the most delightful words I have come across in Portuguese is beija-flor. Kiss-flower. Doesn’t that sound pretty? Can you guess what it might be? It means “hummingbird.” Compared to the rather utilitarian onomatopoeia in English, isn’t beija-flor so much more visual, metaphorical, even sensual? One of the best things about learning language as an adult … Continue reading My Language, My Self – A Personal Essay
Living in Brazil without having been to the beach would be like living in Switzerland without ever having visisted the Alps. Brazil has an impressive coastline that extends over 4,600 miles (or 7,400 km) long and some of the world’s most stunning beaches can be found here. I had been yearning for a beach vacation ever since … Continue reading Brazilian Beach Bliss
Samba! Feathers! Glitter! Streamers! Confetti! — Carnaval has officially begun in Brazil! A little bit of history Did you know that the word carnaval is believed to derive from the Latin phrase carnem levare which means “to remove meat”? Carnaval, like Mardi Gras in the U.S. or Karneval in Germany, is a pre-Lenten celebration that ends on … Continue reading CARNAVAL!
First things first. Brasília was designed for cars. According to a recent guidebook on Brasília, the city did not even have stoplights until the 1970s! The city was constructed in the 1960s, which coincided with the rise of the automobile as a modern icon and status symbol. The layout of the city was intended, among … Continue reading The Need for Speed: 10 Things You Should Know about Driving in Brasília