Until next time, Brazil!

With the holidays being so close to the end of the academic semester, I definitely think a part of me was ready to go home to be with family towards the end of my time in Rio. Nonetheless, not soon after I left, I found myself thinking about the next time I would return. There…

Last days in Rio

As my time in Rio came to an end, and I began to count the days I had left, I was constantly debating if I wanted to try something new or if I wanted to continue do the usual things I enjoyed. In the end I think I found a good balance and did both some…

Nearing the end

As the academic semester wraps up, a lot of us have been feeling a little overwhelmed as we try to both complete our Rio bucketlist and prepare for our finals. Not only are we trying to enjoy our last days (or weeks) in Brazil but also, for a lot of us, this is our first…

Gente Maravilhosa

Cariocas, or people native to Rio de Janeiro, have a sense of calm and leisure to them that I’ve noticed has rubbed off on me. From the first day I got here, every time I seemed remotely stressed I’ve had a carioca tell me “stay calm” or “don’t worry.” “There’s always a way to solve…

Thankful for Music

  Rio de Janeiro has so much rich culture to offer, and I have loved getting to learn and experience a lot of it. I think the part that has left the biggest impression and on me, and that I’ll miss the most, is the music. Throughout the semester, other students and I have been…

My Last $100

Before arriving in Brazil I was told to prepare for the exaggerating expensive prices of things here in Rio de Janeiro. I was expecting that too since Rio de Janeiro, specifically the neighborhood I’m staying in, is very “touristy.” Nonetheless, you can make $100 last quite a long time if you budget your money well….

Feriados

During our time here in Rio, our ACM group has been fortunate enough to have many holidays off class, or feriados. During these holidays (usually Thu-Sun), many students take the opportunity to travel outside of the city, or explore different areas of the city. The first one, in September, was in honor of Brazil’s Independence Day. During…

a journey on the Rio roller coaster

Within two months of being in Rio, and settling into Copacabana, our ACM group had an assignment that allowed us to reflect and critique different aspects of Rio. The four different categories these reflections fit into were rants, loves, “LOL” moments, and questions. We had three different examples for each category and were given the…

food food food

Two weeks ago, our small ACM group traveled to Petropolis. While we were there we had lunch at an Italian restaurant by the Imperial Palace museum. However, this hasn’t been my first encounter with Italian food. There are many Italian restaurants, and Italian food in general, all over Rio de Janeiro. It has been interesting to…

A Week in the Life

In this post, I will briefly share what this last week has been like to give a better sense of day to day life here in Rio de Janeiro. On Monday, I ran along the beach in the morning, which I was very hesitant to do at first because I’m not the best runner, but I…