Archive for the ‘South America’ Category

Reveillon or New Year’s Eve is the biggest celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, second only to the carnival, and one of the greatest ways in the entire world to celebrate the arrival of a new year. Ever since I was a kid, the TV clips of Rio fireworks were enchanting to me, and I always […]


On Christmas Day I found myself in the airport washroom of Rio de Janeiro. I wanted to change into my summer clothes because blending with locals is the way to financially survive and completely enjoy Brazil. Suddenly, I realised that the washroom stalls were much smaller than the ones at the Sao Paulo international airport. […]


Originally written on February 17, 2009 Ola! For six months, I’ve been looking forward to going to Rio and spending time on Ipanema Beach. The excitement was so high that a couple of days prior to my leave for South America, I could barely get enough sleep. Yet when I arrived to Rio de Janeiro […]


Originally written on February 14, 2009  Ola todos,    Today after spending some time shopping, A.M., O.G., O.G’s brother F.O., sister-in-law and I went to Banda de Ipanema – a mini carnival procession in the Ipanema neightbourhood of Rio de Janeiro. Cariocas (people from Rio) were getting ready for the next weekend when most of […]


Originally written on February 13, 2009 Hola todos! If one follows tracks of a cow, one might end up either in Switzerland, India or Argentina. LOL I’ve opted out for the third choice and came to the country which instead of Sun should have had a steak on its national flag. This is the reason […]


Originally written on February 6, 2008  Ola todos! 😉   I’m starting this email feeling a little bit down because after 6 nights of the carnival, it’s very difficult to get back to the normal and not to feel the vibe given off by millions of people.   Yet again I’ve made my way to […]


Originally written on March 6, 2006 Ola!!! Here is the second and most likely last email I’m writing from Brazil. Once I read that Brazilians thought that God was one of them. Cariocas went even further by saying that God was ONE of THEM, but I think that if God were Carioca, we would all […]