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One Last Update

June 8, 2018

Completing my capstone was a really good way to wrap up and summarize my entire experience in Brazil. Being back home in the US, I was struggling to find closure with what my past 7 months had been like, so putting together this project really let all my agitation come to rest. I’ve started to...

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My Brazilian Family

June 8, 2018

The idea of family played a big role while I was in Brazil. I have them to thank for my Portuguese and my ability to take on a new culture and environment. I had such a life changing experience with my host family and I hope to one day be able to return back to...

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The Good and the Bad (But Mostly Good)

June 6, 2018

Throughout my entire time in Brazil, I made a conscious effort to list every single major difference that I came across in comparison to the United States – the good, the bad, the ugly, and the “simply different, but neither worse nor better”. The biggest differences for me in Brazil: 1. Food habits It’s very rare...

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Souvenirs, Day-Trips, and Redefinitions

June 6, 2018

       It’s been awhile since I’ve read a book for fun – through the rush college applications, graduation, long plane rides, and the absence of my family for the past few months, reading really has becomes a chore rather than something to enjoy. But recently, I’ve had a change of heart, and I found...

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Realizations in Rio

June 6, 2018

    I sat atop Morro da Urca, one of the highest and most stunning mountaintops in Rio, staring out across the city. I leaned forward and pressed my bodyweight against the steel railing, taking a deep breath of fresh Brazilian air. Here I was, after a grueling 6 hour bus ride, a short bike...

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Familial Introductions

June 6, 2018

    I sat alone in the living room, laptop in front of me, watching my hands do their little "dance" in place on my keyboard – a new hand-fidget I’ve unconsciously started to do ever since arriving to Brazil, and seems to happen only when I get too nervous. I've come to call it...

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How I’m Learning Portuguese (And Having Fun Doing It)

September 4, 2017

Hello, and welcome to my first blog! For this post, I’m going to be explaining some of the ways that I enjoy learning languages in general, and currently Brazilian Portuguese! Duolingo Contrary to many others, I actually really enjoy Duolingo. It’s a simple, yet effective way to get a good baseline in a variety of...

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