Welcoming a New Year: Carioca Style

New Year's is a pinnacle party every single December.  After a luxurious few days of nothing over Christmas, people get ready to welcome a new year, and for some, they take it with open arms, labelling it as a new start.  This isn't to say that everybody has New Year's resolutions they'll give up on … Continue reading Welcoming a New Year: Carioca Style

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Arriving in La Paz: The Next Step

Well friends, I return.  I apologise for my radio silence for the past month, but unfortunately travelling with a four year old phone doesn't allow you the best wifi connection on the planet.  I've been getting my thoughts on these wonderful places ready for you in the meantime, and this week, I'm going to be … Continue reading Arriving in La Paz: The Next Step

A Very Rio Christmas Mark II.

Christmas in a country below the equator is absolutely something I never thought I would experience.  Part of me was never sure I wanted to; think about it.  All the things associated with the holiday, like snow, blankets and hot chocolate.  Unless you're blasting the air conditioning and you've been in it for at least … Continue reading A Very Rio Christmas Mark II.

Glimpses of Home, Departures and a Very Rio Christmas Mark I.

As I welcome December, I also seem to be welcoming a fair few tropical storms with a dash of blazing sun.  The weather hasn't been able to make up its mind this fortnight, with lashing thunderstorms one day and burning heat the next - not to mention the humidity is off the charts.  Sleeping is … Continue reading Glimpses of Home, Departures and a Very Rio Christmas Mark I.

São Paulo and The Week That Rocked the World

I've been told by some that I've had people waiting with bated breath for this post, and for that I apologise; it's been rather the rocky week, as we all know, but I'll come to that later on. Having explained the aura of Rio De Janeiro on here, arriving in São Paulo quickly reminded me … Continue reading São Paulo and The Week That Rocked the World

Things To Look Forward To

As I approach November, marking three months in this beautiful country, things are starting to heat up.  No, they actually are.  It's literally just getting hotter.  It was 36 degrees yesterday, and I can't say I enjoyed the humidity either. October is the southern hemisphere's April, where the weather can't make up its mind (it … Continue reading Things To Look Forward To

The First Adventure Out of Rio: An Inland Retreat

And so, amid the talk of looming 'G1' examinations in a fortnight, the university staff must have known some of us might be mildly stressed.  Many of us are beginning to feel the weight of living here for 6 weeks, and although the stress is nothing like it would have been at our home universities, it's … Continue reading The First Adventure Out of Rio: An Inland Retreat

Down To Business: Uni Life in Rio

It's been a rather dreary week here in Rio De Janeiro.  As October approaches bringing spring along with it, we experience the inevitable inconvenience and to some, surprise, that is our equivalent of 'April Showers'.  Thankfully, for those of us not so used to the humidity and heat, it's given us somewhat of a break from … Continue reading Down To Business: Uni Life in Rio