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One Last Update

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…

08 June, 2018

My Brazilian Family

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…

08 June, 2018

The Good and the Bad (But Mostly Good)

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…

06 June, 2018

Souvenirs, Day-Trips, and Redefinitions

       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…

06 June, 2018

Realizations in Rio

    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,…

06 June, 2018

Familial Introductions

    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…

06 June, 2018

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

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…

04 September, 2017

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