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CARNAVAL!

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!

The Need for Speed: 10 Things You Should Know about Driving in Brasília

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

On learning to be diplomatic and the F-word (pssst, the other one)

Friends, it has been a while. My silence (“Funkstille” as Germans would call it) hasn’t been due to lack of travel—there has been plenty of that. But any time that I have recently sat down to write an entry, I have become keenly aware of how trivial our travels seemed during this time of political strife and upheaval. … Continue reading On learning to be diplomatic and the F-word (pssst, the other one)

Expat Identity Crisis: on Privilege, Mobility and Belonging. A Personal Essay.

Lately, there have been a few articles circulating on Facebook describing life as an “expat” (here and here) and the book club I recently joined just picked “The Expatriates” as our next read. So I have started to think a lot about what it means to be an expat—and this has brought on a bit … Continue reading Expat Identity Crisis: on Privilege, Mobility and Belonging. A Personal Essay.

Reading Tip

Through an acquaintance here in Brasilia, I came across an exciting new travel journal, Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel. I was drawn in by this photo essay by Henry Lee on Canada, the U.S. and Germany and look forward to reading more in the Sunday Magazine and in the first quarterly issue! This is certainly … Continue reading Reading Tip

Birthday on a Boat

I have always associated my birthday in September with the onset of fall—crisp air, colorful foliage, homemade apple butter, warm tea and cozy fires. It was sort of strange, then, to spend my birthday this year on a retro sailboat gliding along on Lake Paranoá, snacking on tropical fruit and sipping champagne. Strange, but wonderful! I have … Continue reading Birthday on a Boat