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A stranger in my own country?

A stranger in my own country?

Well, it’s that time of year again, time for the holidays, and for me, that means taking a break from tropical Brasil, and heading up north to the good ol’ USA. I’ve been here for a few days, so now I am almost sufficiently readjusted, but the first few days are always interesting, and I … Continue reading

Art in Sao Paulo-The Pinacoteca!

Art in Sao Paulo-The Pinacoteca!

While living in Madrid, I was extremely spoiled when it came to the arts. I lived a two-minute walk from La Casa Encendida, five minutes walking from my all time favorite museum, El Museo Reina Sofia, and a 15 minute metro ride from El Prado. Not to mention all of the theatre in nearby Opera and … Continue reading

Padarias–The best bakeries in the world!

I figured after all of the doom and gloom posts about the violence in Brazil, it was time to change gears and share about one of my favorite things here—padarias!! In Portuguese, padaria means bakery, similar to the panadería in Spanish, but they are a bit different. For one thing, padarias don’t just sell bread … Continue reading


It’s been a long time since I’ve written in this blog. I didn’t stop because I was lazy, or tired, or bored…in fact, I had a very important reason–the resuscitation of my Spanish. As it turns out, learning a third language has caused quite a bit of chaos in my brain. Maintaining a language while … Continue reading

Easter, La Pascua, A Páscoa

The United States, Spain, and Brazil may all have different languages, but there is one thing that these countries do have in common: they are predominately Christian. Brazil, like Spain, has a strong Catholic influence, but with many Evangelical missionaries, there is a large and ever growing Protestant population. With this strong Christian presence, undoubtedly … Continue reading

The International Festival

For those of you who don’t know, I am a Spanish and ESL teacher at an International school in Sao Paulo. Before arriving here I figured I would be teaching mostly American children whose parents work as missionaries or in companies. Well, there are many students from the United States here, but surprisingly, most of … Continue reading