Rio, you have me.

  The past week went by in a flash, like a fast car in a dream. Being in Rio for a week felt like waking up from a sensorial coma: Fast everything, cars, buses, motorcycles. Hearing a language spoken with musical accent, smelling the food as fresh as the ocean, the smells of the city, the salt in…

This wild world

Are you afraid of cheetahs? I asked my brother. Before he could answer, the pickup truck took off in the dark night, moving fast over a bumpy, rocky dirt road. We started rolling around over two or three suitcases that were on the back of the truck. I was trying to forget the many facts in…

Nordeste in the middle of Rio

People migrate for all kind of reasons, political, economical, religious, job opportunity, weather, family, history, curiosity, adventure, and a hundred more reasons. In Brazil people migrate from small towns to the big cities seeking job opportunities and a better quality of life. The Nordeste region is situated on the North part of Brazil, where opportunities…

As Summer slips away…

My mind travels back and forth like a book being flipped from front to back many times. Pages after pages of memories and places, events, people and days. I’m getting colder and colder every day. It’s Fall, cold Fall with a glimpse of warm days here and there, then next to that warm day comes a gray,…

Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura

Royal Portuguese Reading Office, Rio de Janeiro – Brazil No one understands better a country and its history than when you understand its art and culture. And when you have moved enough and carried your own kids across the world or simply started your family in a place away from “home” you realize that you have…

Timeless

There’s a sense of history everywhere you walk around, or better saying, walk inside a medieval town. Towns surrounded by tall brick walls stood against enemies through centuries and will continue to stand there forever… telling their history to us, human-beings with such a short life span. There’s no place better than an ancient site to knock us…

The art of being a traveler

One thing leads to another and before we knew it we were invited to dinner at this local seafood restaurant. Eating with locals, sitting on heavy wood chairs painted by someone also local, eating food caught locally, prepared by experienced hands that only knew what they had learned in the kitchens of their own relatives, all of…

This place in my heart

There’s this place in my heart called HOME. Just like when you are wandering through a thousand websites and pages and links and you get lost or tired and hit Home and there you are, where you first started. Home is a very powerful word, it resets my mind, my heart and my vision. Home is like that…

Home versus far away places

When I was a child there was this series on TV that I watched all the time and even though it bothered me a lot I kept watching it every day in the hopes that the main character would find a solution for his problem.  I was young enough to believe that there would be a happy end…

Love at first sight

And then there was Bonaire….. What lies deeper in the human soul than memories, emotions and our history?  When you leave your body and float above this planet at the same time that you are feeling the sweet comforting sand between your toes, that’s what I call absolute joy. Just returned from Bonaire a week…

In the hands of God

We were sitting on this passengers’  boat, bodies swinging softly from side to side. The brightens of the sun asked for sunglasses, and the taste of the ocean was already on my lips. Salty breeze, cool air, warm sun… With a one hour trip ahead of us, it was just the right amount of time…

Up since 3 am.

3:00 am… Toss and turn, and turn and turn…. What is it that ignites a thought when we are sleeping? Why can’t myself let Me sleep a little longer? Went to bed with my daughter’s question in my head “Mom, when can we start packing?” We are leaving to Brazil next week. While I’m trying…