Approximately one week ago, I left Brazil and its beautiful people, sights, and language behind. Since then, I haven’t been able to keep track of the days of the week, or the time. I wake up daily wondering where I am, and in what language I should say “good morning”. I was not expecting to … Continue reading Home is…where?
The day has arrived. I am telling my various Brazilian friends and colleagues “estou indo embora amanhã…” I’m leaving tomorrow. Parting from friendships that have been formed with deep seeded affection and understanding, I have come to realize that the novelty's of being here have transformed into a home. And this is what is hard … Continue reading Goodbye, for now, Brazil
Cristo Redentor @ Corcovado, kinda felt like I was on top of the world. (Along with all the other tourists that were there.) Crazy! One week to go, and my detachment process has slowly begun. 5 weeks flew by, and now it’s all catching up with me. I’ve learned innumerable lessons here, ranging from communication to … Continue reading Christ the Redeemer & Culture
Week 3 caught up with me; a stomach bug and allergies terribly hindered my energy level. Nonetheless, the adventures here in Rio never cease. I've been here for almost 4 weeks now, and last week, for the first time, someone asked me if I was from Brazil (!!!!) excitement! Similarly exciting, Friday nights at Brazuca's … Continue reading true life: I feel like a Carioca
That's right! O Globo, carioca jornal, or the newspaper here in Rio, published an article about our trip into the favelas Cantagalo and Pavão-Pavãozinho...ótimo! Other news: I realized today, I have lost the fear when speaking in portuguese. It's hard to express the sense of accomplishment I feel slowly washing over me, but it's incredible. … Continue reading we made Rio news!
Yesterday was a trip up to Rocinha, the biggest favela in Rio. And the view was such an overwhelming sight. But today, we went to Cantagalo. And it was an experience. We hiked up a mountain today Sliding, grabbing onto trees and plants for balance, Arriving to huge, rock plateaus To see the most beautiful views of the city … Continue reading An experience in the favelas
I have been surprised by many things here my first few days. For example, the ample amounts of beautiful trees that line the streets seem out of place in such a populated city. It also amazes me how it hasn´t even been a week here, and I already feel at home. This is definitely because … Continue reading rio: a first glance in a nutshell
Oi gente! My name is Michelle and I over-analyze everything, I like to drink coffee, and yoga keeps me sane. I will preface now by saying that I am very intrigued by Einstein’s theory of relativity, though my understanding of it is very limited. “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen … Continue reading pre-Rio madness
Michelle Blanck is a 3rd year Spanish literature major with an interest in Portuguese language and Latin American studies at the University of Florida. Prior to this summer, Michelle had travelled to Argentina to visit family and last summer she studied Spanish language and culture in Buenos Aires for six weeks. In Michelle’s spare time, … Continue reading Michelle: Summer in Rio de Janeiro