Ilha Grande is an island off the coast of Brazil, right next to the city of Angra dos Reis. In the past, it was both a leper colony and home to one of the highest security prisons in Brazil. These days, it’s home to the many, many tourists visiting from Rio de Janeiro to enjoy trails, swimming, and sunbathing over the weekend. Continue reading Our Weekend in Ilha Grande
Traveling with any type of dietary restriction is a challenge. In restaurants, it takes a leap of faith to trust the chef understands your allergy or restriction enough to know what not to use (I’m looking at you, soy sauce) and the language barrier can make reading labels nearly impossible (labels in Abu Dhabi were the most challenging for me yet). Nevertheless, it’s far from impossible to overcome. Continue reading Gluten-Free in Rio
Everyone knows Brazil is a country of bureaucracy, so it comes as no surprise that they love their CPF: cadastro de pessoa física. The CPF is like a social security number; essentially, a unique identifier for every “physical person” in Brazil. However, unlike your social security number, it’s widely and publicly used for anything from registering documents to making purchases both online and in person. Continue reading How to Get a CPF as a Foreigner in Brazil
I’ve only been to São Paulo once, if you don’t count the time I got stuck in the airport because I seemed to be the only person traveling from Brazil who didn’t get the memo about having a yellow fever vaccination. Nevertheless, I can say with certainty that it’s a city best enjoyed outside of the sprawling Garulhos airport, even if you can spot packs of capybara right next to Terminal 1. Continue reading Visiting São Paulo for our Anniversary
One of my favorite idiosyncrasies of Brazilian culture is the complete lack of deference to dates. In the United States, the 4th of July is, and always will be, July 4th. Halloween is October 31st. Valentine’s Day is February 14th. Continue reading Halloween in Brazil
We started using a new service, O Quintal Orgânico, for produce delivery. One of the small luxuries I miss about the United States is how easy going grocery shopping is. I have a few different dietary needs (pescatarian, gluten-free), so being able to go to a place like Shop Rite or Trader Joe’s where I can get everything I need in one stop is ideal. Continue reading The Little Things: Groceries
The past few months in the United States has given me some time to reflect on my experiences in Brazil over the last year. When I talk to friends about my time there, the reactions range from “That must be so cool!” to “Um, you don’t really sound like you like it.” Continue reading Five Things I’ve Learned in Brazil
We just published a video of our last week in Jersey over on our YouTube channel — check it out!
Last week was my birthday – a big one too! Every year, for about three or four years now, I’ve done the same exact thing on my birthday: eat pizza at my favorite place in the world, Kesté.
Of course, even though I hit the big 3-0, this year was no different. We had pizza, and cake, along with some family and friends. It was just as lovely, fun, and delicious as I’d hoped. Continue reading Last Week in Jersey
Our adventures in New Jersey continue. Today, we’re on the cusp of my 30th birthday. No more twenty-something years for me!
We moved to our Airbnb this week and have been exploring the area in Lyndhurst, as well as heading into Manhattan quite a bit more since it’s so close. Continue reading Week No. 2 in Jersey: NYC Visits