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Sintra Nichols

Sintra is passionate about politics, learning languages, and traveling. She has learned French in school, Italian on her own, and plans to become fluent in as many languages as possible in hopes of being able to use them to connect cultures through business or diplomacy otherwise. She has also loved her high school experience with Young Democrats of America, Nordic skiing, and track and field. Her goals for the year include becoming fluent in Portuguese, forming a network of close friends in Brazil, and building how she values education by giving it a new and developed meaning.


Day to Day

June 2, 2019

Completely aware of the fact that blog-writing isn’t my strongest method of sharing my experience, I’ve neglected it a bit throughout the real meat-and-potatoes portion of my gap year. Also aware of the fact that I owe my ever-supportive friends and family the opportunity to learn about my time here, this blog will be as...

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The Bus Blog

June 2, 2019

On the 45-minute Caieira da Barra do Sul bus route southward from my host house to the bottom of the island, there’s a view of the calm water between the island and the continent. Over the water you can see the hills of the mainland layered over each other with shades of blue or green, depending...

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I bet it makes you grateful…

June 1, 2019

“I bet it makes you grateful to live in America!” Why do people keep saying this to me? I’m constantly, and expectedly asked “How was Brazil?” to which I give whatever awkward, short, and unthought-out attempt to summarize my year comes out first. And then the adult, always the fully-grown adult, replies with some version...

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Cheap, Cheap Giggles

September 14, 2018

A fun thing about the English language is that, for some reason, it sells like hotcakes in many parts of the world where English is seldom even spoken or understood. One of these locations is Florianópolis, Brazil apparently. And since the English language is rarely understood, the intricacies of its grammar, which us Americans tend...

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The First One

August 24, 2018

Welcome everyone! I expect the bulk of my audience for this blog to be Minnesotans or Wisconsinites from whom I’m not yet separated by thousands of miles; those I don’t quite miss yet because I see them at family functions, at work, on social media, etcetera. There’s not much to miss yet. I live in...

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