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Jun 14, 2015 - Rotary Convention at São Paulo, Brazil

Foz de Iguacu I don't recall if I wrote last time about the fantastic, amazing water falls at Iguacu/Iguazu (Brazil side/Argentina side). Both sides are a tremendous experience. They are certainly worthy of being a wonder of the world. Similar to the Grand Canyon and Machu Pichu, they require a long trip to arrive, and when you leave, you realize you really need much more time to experience them in depth. While in Foz de Iguacu, the city on the Brazilian side, I happened upon a street sale of Sunday vendors and encountered local Rotarians...

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Going Down the Road

Jan 18, 2014 - Over and out…..

So we had a lovely relaxing day our last day in Rio – we spent the morning on the beach, where Toby spent all of his time in the waves and made some friends (not that they spoke the same language!), I manged to start shopping on the beach! We walked around town abit trying to do a bit more shopping – Toby desperately looking for a yo-yo, but we just ended up with some havaianas and then after lunch a new handbag for me, much to the disgust of my family. Mick then headed off to try and find a specifc bottle of wine and I walked back along...

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Mar 29, 2013 - Sao Paulo

Hola. We arrived in Sao Paulo at 8.30 a.m. Gord made arrangements to go to the metro station 1 1/2 hours away. A nice lady on the bus suggested we take a taxi from there and showed us where to catch a cab. We showed the address of our hostel to the cabbies and no one knew where it was. They got out a 4 inch directory and Gord asked if they had GPS. They said, "But of course!" And Gord asked why they didn't use it. So our bags were loaded and the GPS was retrieved from the glove box. We were off down the freeway following directions for an...

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Sep 10, 2012 - São Paulo, en visite chez Paulo

Nous arrivons maintenant à São Paulo, pour rendre visite à Paulo, que j'avais rencontré pendant mon stage en Allemagne en 2006. Avec ses 19 mio d'habitants en comptant la périphérie, c'est la plus grande ville d'Amérique Latine et le centre économique et culturel du Brésil. En tout cas, c'est une ville super impressionnante et bien trop grande pour nous. On avait bien du mal à s'y repérer. Même Paulo, alors qu´il y habite maintenant depuis plus de 5 ans n'a toujours pas très bien compris comment elle fonctionne et ne connait pas encore tous...

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Jul 29, 2012 - Brief reflections on China and Brazil

My experience in Brazil was very different from that in China, to say the least. Both were very valuable experiences and I would not trade them for anything. I can confidently say that I enjoyed Brazil exponentially more than I did China, however the cultural experience that I acquired in China is something that I will highly value and is important for me both now and in the future. I’ve always said I love traveling and international experiences, and every time I am about to take a trip, I almost get a little nervous that this could be the...

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Jul 28, 2012 - Goodbye Brazil, Hello Argentina

Yesterday we finished our 20-page group paper and presentation, which marks the end of my summer studies. With the traveling interspersed, the newness of locations (and the exasperation at times of being in one place so long), and the constant challenges and new experiences, right now definitely cannot be related to the feeling of having just finished a semester worth’s of classes at school. I can confidently say that I learned just as much outside of the classroom this summer as I did inside: about cultures, about people, about myself ,...

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Jul 23, 2012 - My Last Weekend in Sao Paulo

My last weekend in Brazil is now over, and I am headed into my last week in Brazil. On Saturday I met up with cousins of a good family friend (from the States) who lives here in Sao Paulo which produced a great afternoon with wonderful views of the city while driving as well as a wonderful experience spending time with Brazilians and getting a sense of their life here. We also visited Ipiranga Park, Sao Paulo’s independence park of sorts. It was so so beautiful, very European looking (see photos) and reminded me of La Plaza de España in...

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Jul 19, 2012 - Bits of Brazilian Reflections

As we walked into the restaurant across the street to get food for dinner, and after a little bit of struggle in communication as a group, the woman we see almost every day when we get food here (vegetarian options are few and far between, I’m a regular) starts yelling at the man taking our orders in Portuguese saying “They come here everyday! I know what they want stop talking to them!” It was a wonderful moment. --------- This week we have had a lot of downtime, this week and next we are tasked with working on our paper and presentation...

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Jul 4, 2012 - Soccer shenanigans and our first Brazilian company tour

On Wednesday, one of the five Sao Paulo soccer teams, Corinthians (pronounced cor-in-chi-as), played in the final of the Copa Libertadores against Boca Junior, an Argentinian team. This cup is the semi-equivalent to the Euro or World Cup but only in South America, and instead of countries playing against each other it is individual teams. This team had never before even reached the final so the fact that they made it this year was a HUGE deal for the city. We went with Fernanda, who is a diehard Corinthians fan, to Vila Madalena, what I...

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Jul 3, 2012 - Hello Brazil

After leaving China and having 3 full days at home, I headed back out into the open skies for my (shorter series of flights, and) next adventure! When I got to the airport, they weighted my bag and I learned that the weight limit to and from Brazil is 70 not 50 pounds which I didn’t know. Hence, when I arrived on the other end, there were some of the largest bags at the carousel I have ever seen, people traveling to brazil have so much luggage it is absolutely ridiculous. I cant tell if they are merely tourists or if Brazilians travel with...

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Jul 3, 2012 - Sao Paulo Explorations

This morning we had a fabulous class on law in Brazil! The professor was so passionate about the topic that it made it even more interesting. As much as I would love to type out all of the interesting things that I learned, I wont – if you’re interested let me know ☺ definitely right up my alley with emerging markets studies. She is a professor of law at FGV but went to Yale for graduate school and has passed the bar in both New York and in Brazil, and is extensively knowledgeable about the legal systems in both countries, making learning...

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Jun 11, 2012 - What a Great week-end with Mark in Brazil

It is Monday and getting ready to leave the ocean to head to Sao Paulo to take Mark back to the airport. We had a lot of laughs while he was here. He and Leonardo did a great job surprising Doug for Father's Day with the Long board. Funny story I didn't know how much was in my Brazilian bank account, so I gave Mark my card to have him go with Leonardo to the bank to check the balance. We had plenty of money to buy the board. They went to the store and found out they could only charge so much at a time on the card for the first time, so our...

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