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.

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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

Linguistic Steps and Paralympic Wonders Part 2

So I feel as if I've almost been neglecting this subject somewhat since my arrival in South America .  For the most part, I am here to learn and improve my linguistic skills of Portuguese; something which absolutely terrified me prior to stepping foot in Brazil.  With regards to Bolivia, I'm not as scared.  I … Continue reading Linguistic Steps and Paralympic Wonders Part 2

A Sense of Normality and Paralympic Wonders

It's rather hard to believe, but it's now hit me that I've finally reached a pivotal point. This morning, I was going through the motions of my day, popping to the supermarket before my Spanish lesson and printing off an assignment in between lunch and leaving campus for the day, and it really hit me: … Continue reading A Sense of Normality and Paralympic Wonders