Laura Rohrer

Laura is currently raising her 5th dog for Guide Dogs For The Blind. Laura is also passionate about food and the environment and has served as a volunteer on multiple political campaigns. In addition, she is an experienced viola and violin player and is now learning to play the piano.


on wanting to write and next

I am not a journaler. When I was a little girl I wrote short stories about fictional things because the things that happened to me in real life didn’t seem like they belonged in stories, or at least good ones. But I journal.To be clearer I do not journal recreationally.  I used to try it…

08 July, 2011

com raiva

The last two weeks in my homestay Tom’ s mother, Colange and 5 year old nephew, Samwell, came to stay with us in Sao Bento. In the evenings we sat in front of the TV watching the novelas with café and Samwell would hit his head into the walls and run around the coffee table…

10 May, 2011

the end of Ti Ti Ti

Today the novela Ti Ti Ti comes to an end, and I am reminded that I have just six more weeks here, and I havent written a blog since December, and for this I think it is probably best that I try to explain what Ive been doing here for the last three months. Because it has been so much time I…

22 March, 2011

Fique Tranquilo

It has been a little over a week since I arrived in Sao Francisco do Conde, my home for the next four months. I am living in the neighborhood of Sao Bento and in the mornings from my window, I can watch cows slowly lumbering past my house to reach the campo, and men on…

30 December, 2010


Celenilda is my family’s housekeeper. She is 18 years old and sleeps in a tiny room off of the kitchen that doubles as a food pantry. There is a bunk bed and she sleeps on the bottom because the top is stacked high with boxes of natural granola cupuacu and cacao products. Until very recently…

22 November, 2010

suco de cacau and palafitas

I am sitting on the sofa of my host parents’ bedroom, the only corner of the apartment that has reliable internet. All the windows and doors are open, and the long flowy curtains which frame their balcony sway softly. The warmth here lulls me to sleep at night; I don’t even use my sheet. My…

18 October, 2010


Sometimes I feel speechless. Other times I feel like I have something to say, but I just don’t have the words to say it. I hope I grow out of this, but part of me feels like I was born with it. Perhaps this is why I feel more comfortable playing music than I do speaking…

01 October, 2010

Turn, Turn, Turn

When I think about what is happening to me right now, I think of that song by the Byrds called “Turn, Turn, Turn.” I see myself changing a lot this year. As I move to a place that’s entirely unfamiliar, I’m going to try my best to embrace all the differences I encounter. I hope…

21 September, 2010

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