Birthdays

When the day finally arrived the preparation of the table was the most important thing. Aunts , grandmothers, neighbors and friends all had a part in it. Somebody had already rolled out and ironed the nice table cloth, then they would start placing trays of docinhos all around the table with handmade decor that had…

Come fly away with me!

Five months from now we will be heading to Rio de Janeiro leading our first group of travelers for ten days. This idea has been living in my mind for a while, and finally Jeff and I put the plan to work and we will make it grow from now on. We believe traveling is…

Ilha Grande

      My cheese-bread rolled over the small table where we were sitting at the outdoor cafe, I looked at him and quickly grabbed it and put it in my mouth. For that split second he thought that I would give up on that piece of  bread rolling on a not well sanitized table, and he…

By the train tracks

We had gone on that dirt road too many times. Like a movie that you have watched over and over to the point where you know every dialogue, I knew each house, each tree and bush. To the right of the road was a row of tiny houses and their tiny backyards where kids played…

The project in Rio de Janeiro

I was picked up at the airport around noon on a Saturday, and from there I went to my mom’s place for lunch and shower. The plan was ambitious, a remodel to be done in two weeks, from start to finish! Two weeks! The homework was done before my trip, researching for cabinets, appliances, furniture…

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…

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…

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…

Confeitaria Colombo – Patisserie Colombo

Like an oasis in the hot desert, the patisserie Colombo downtown Rio is a refreshing place to be. A place where fresh baked goods is in abundance. A place where you can stop by for lunch, for an afternoon tea or coffee and even dinner. Once you walk in you are greeted with greatness in style…

Street Art: Escadaria Selaron

Considered the biggest outdoor sculpture done by one single man, this stairway known as Escadaria Selaron (Selaron’s Steps), carries the name of its creator. Jorge Selaron born in Chile in 1947, he worked and traveled over 50 countries until he decided to settle in Rio de Janeiro in the 80’s. He chose the bohemian and artsy…