We just finished our program and the ending came quicker than I anticipated. I always assumed that when people say "it goes by faster than you think," they were just being cliche and dramatic but I find myself associating with that same phrase. Something that I knew was coming ended up sneaking up on me … Continue reading Bittersweet Finale
The week before finals seems like a strange time to go on many excursions but somehow it ended up being that way. On Monday my class visited the Park Lage because our original destination of the Jardim Botanico (Botanical Gardens) was closed. Although the both parks were walking distance they still both seem to bring … Continue reading Excursion City
On Thursday, all of the students had a planned activity to learn capoeira, a Brazilian dance slash fight slash game. With master Feijão (bean) we learned some of the basic moves that are used in capoeira as well as the instrument that is played to keep the rhythm for the capoeiristas. Everyone obviously has a good … Continue reading Capoeira Culture
Learning a new language is harder than it seems. I’m just putting the concept out there to make sure that anyone who wants to study abroad realizes what a study abroad really entails. Having been a heritage speaker of portuguese, I thought that it would be simpler to obtain skills in formal portuguese, but there … Continue reading Chained to my Workbook
Last Friday, I went with the Cristo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer) which is a staple for the tourist circuit. Visiting a common tourist location has its upsides and downsides but I always felt like the hidden gems had more legitimacy and heart. Something that people often wonder about a location is how it’s seen through … Continue reading Am I Really a Tourist?
On Tuesday I started to feel sick. The first thought that went through my head was “Oh my god why me.” Getting sick abroad is everyone’s worst nightmare, but as my professor mentioned, it seems to happen to someone every year. A mixture of unfamiliar settings and isolation is bad enough, but mixed together with … Continue reading The Sickening
Before I even step foot on the plane, I’m already nervous. My study abroad trip starts in one week and it’s hard to imagine that I’m going to be studying in a different country. I’m going to Rio de Janeiro, a gorgeous beach town that I have visited various times throughout the years. Although it … Continue reading Anticipation Crawls Under