What makes a home a home? Where is your home? As I begin to type this, five Brazilian movers are currently carrying all of our boxed-up belongings into giant crates. As strange as this may sound, I feel a certain sense of relief that everything is now gone and all we have to worry about … Continue reading What makes a home a home?
Let there be no mistake: Vienna is still my favorite city in the world. However, I think that Buenos Aires may have landed among my top five. It is said to be the “Paris” of South America, and I can see why: with its many corner cafés, Neo-renaissance and Art Deco architecture, lush parks, and … Continue reading Buenos Aires and Colonia del Sacramento
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