Well, last Saturday, we packed Gustavo’s bags into an Uber and watched him take off towards the Lincoln Tunnel. (We love each other enough to accept that I’m never driving him to JFK again.) Continue reading Back to Long-Distance
We did it. We spent our first New Year’s Eve in the US! Continue reading Happy new year!
Earlier this week, Gustavo came to visit for the holidays this year. I’ve never much liked the winter holidays. I’m not one for “Christmas cheer” and I hate New Jersey winters with a passion. Continue reading A Series of Firsts
The first time I visited Europe, I was 16 and desperate to see Paris. I’d been studying French for years and I was beyond thrilled to be able to use it in the wild. Plus, I was enamored with so many French artists and writers – I wanted to see this romantic city that seemed to have inspired all of them. Continue reading Our First Trip to Europe Together
It’s not uncommon for Gustavo and I to have the following conversation when I speak Portuguese in the wild.
“Okay, I definitely said that right. Why did s/he talk to you after I obviously indicated that I understand Portuguese? We even had a full conversation in Portuguese before I said I was American!”
After a heavy sigh from Gustavo, he usually explains something along the lines of, “I know, but people just aren’t used to foreigners speaking Portuguese.”
Continue reading Why I Learned Portuguese
Sometimes I joke with Gustavo that our favorite hobby is collecting passports. Between the two of us, we have three, in addition to a vast collection of visas and passport stamps. Continue reading We Have to Talk About Pizza
It probably goes without saying that the United States leads the charge in many areas, except health care. Talk with anyone outside of the States about American health care and they’ll start with a baffled, “But why?” Continue reading A Maçã a Day: Going to the Doctor in Brazil
One of the things I really like about Crossfit is that it can be accessible to very many people. Anyone can be a Crossfit competitor. Your job, as an athlete, is to do your best, until you too can prove that you’re the cream of the crop. Continue reading Our First Solo Competition
Married, that is.
Gustavo and I met almost three years ago, on my first trip to Rio. Life has changed so much since then. Continue reading Our First Anniversary
When people realize I’m foreign, their first response is usually, “Portuguese is really hard to learn, isn’t it?”
I’ve been learning Portuguese for three years now and, if you ask me, it’s no more difficult than any other language. I speak French and Italian fluently, and Portuguese is basically a weird remix of the two. (Also, fun fact: once you learn Portuguese, you understand Spanish.) Continue reading 3 Tips for Brazilian Portuguese