As a kid, New Year’s Eve always meant sitting around the TV watching the ball drop in Times Square. At midnight, we’d grab some pots, pans, and spoons, run outside into the freezing weather, drumming and screaming “Happy new year!” Continue reading New Year’s in Rio
“Good news!” my mom messaged me. “I was able to get express on your second package without an extra fee. They told me it will be there in two weeks.”
Read. Nov. 26, 2017. Continue reading Run, Correios, Run
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
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
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
I arrived in NJ a little bit ahead of Gustavo, and right on the heels (literally right on the heels) of getting my permanent visa in Brazil. It had been a few months, and I wanted to get a little quality time with my mom while also enjoying a TON of the little American conveniences and luxuries I missed while in Brazil.