Not long before I was visiting Brazil for the first time, I ran across a video called “Signs You’re Brazilian.” When I pressed play, I expected the usual explanation of different concepts of time and being touchy-feely. There was one last point that was unexpected: packing. Continue reading Suitcases

One Month Back

After my longest stay in Brazil yet, I left for the United States at the beginning of March. By January, it’s safe to say I was pretty much standing at our door waiting for the days to go by, luggage in hand. One more delayed package, one extra “surprise” tax, one more person acting like my accent makes my Portuguese utterly unintelligible, one more night of traçantes and I would’ve just started swimming across the Atlantic. Continue reading One Month Back