It’s a cold one out there, folks. Blustery, face-stinging cold. It’s starting to be the kind of cold that makes you wonder how human beings survive in places like Minnesota and Norway, where it’s 40 degrees colder, and why, for the love of god, they don’t move elsewhere. (Say it with me now: You don’t … More Travel Video: Warm Up at Arpoador Beach
Speaking of saudade, this video for “Next Time Around” by Little Joy makes me miss Rio so, so much. (Two of the members of Little Joy are cariocas, from Rio.) And part of the video was shot on the beach where I took the photo in my last post! And the Portuguese at the end … More Travel (Music) Video: “Next Time Around” by Little Joy
I’ve been feeling a lot of saudade recently. It’s a word that is uniquely Portuguese in that it doesn’t have a direct English translation. It’s often used in colloquial Portuguese as “missing” someone or something, but its true meaning is much more nuanced than that. It’s more of an ineffable feeling, something like: longing, yearning, … More Saudade do Meu Querido Rio
“Now more than ever do I realize that I shall never be content with a sedentary life, and that I shall always be haunted by thoughts of a sun-drenched elsewhere.” – Isabelle Eberhardt Today in New York feels like the first real sign of spring. Just a gorgeous, breezy, sunny day topped with perfect blue … More Thoughts of a Sun-Drenched Elsewhere
We’re currently having a cold front here in Rio: Whereas a week and a half ago it was 42 degrees (that’s a sweltering 107.8 degrees fahrenheit for all you Americans), it’s been around 22 degrees (71 degrees F) and rainy this week. So it’s a good time to reminisce about how summer should be here–although make … More Beach Scenes Part Dois
I recently met a couple who just moved here to Rio, and the girl in the couple asked me: “What is your absolute favorite thing about this city, or your favorite thing to do?” After a moment of hesitation–how can you possibly choose just one??–it occurred to me that I actually do, in fact, have … More Ipanema Beach. Sunday. Be There.
So apparently I’m not one for important dates. I totally forgot my own one-year anniversary of living abroad in South America. I believe it happened around November 4… it was more than a year ago that I boarded a plane at O’Hare International in Chicago with the final destination of Buenos Aires (little did I … More Thanksgiving in Rio–Friendsgiving Expat Version 2.0