Somehow, the days have come and gone. The answer to "when are you returning to the US?" has turned into "next week" and the surreality of this fact is more than my mind can fully process. In this incredulous state, the only thing I can come up with is THANK YOU. A big thank you … Continue reading Obrigada, Porto Alegre
Today is Tuesday, terça-feira. (alliteration sorta, hey!) Every Tuesday afternoon, my Brazilian Poetry class meets to count syllables, play word association games, and in some cases, write free-verse poetry on the spot - inspired by many great Brazilian writers. Every other week, we are assigned to paraphrase, write a parody, or an original poem inspired by … Continue reading Brazilian Poetry, words and thoughts
I have fallen off the blog-wagon. How can I accurately describe my experience in Porto Alegre thus far? The truth is, I’ve yet to find the right words for all of this. Instead – I offer part of what I’ve learned. (And I will also add that I've met pretty great people here.) This experience … Continue reading learning abroad in POA, Brasil
So much has happened in so little time. Yet not in an overwhelming matter, but rather in a surprisingly simple unfolding. For example, leaving my window open for natural a/c, and hearing a neighbor play the guitar while I read Bukowski's Hollywood in Portuguese. After visiting Rio this past summer, I had little idea of … Continue reading Happy Port, Rio Grande do Sul
The title says it all, really. On the 23rd I will depart for a Spring semester in Porto Alegre, Brazil to study language and culture. The anticipation has been a long process of working out many issues including: anxiety (mine and my parents), living arrangements, writing emails in Portuguese, Visa paperwork, excitement that keeps me up … Continue reading A week from today, I will eat a banana in Brazil.