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Here we shower twice a day

So here I am in my pink room, it's about quarter to six... nothing else to do but blooog bloggy blog. Tonight, my host mama, sister and I will go to some sort of musical comedy show. I think it's called Popular Women of Brazil.. or something like that. Anyways, it ... read more

Emily Duffy

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Why I Need to Go Back to Rio de Janeiro

 Rio de Janeiro was the city where I rounded up my seven month trip, and perhaps that is why I still have a sense of having unfinished business with the place: I didn’t feel like it was really time to leave. Or, maybe it was any of these reasons: 1.       ... read more

Leah Eades

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jeito

 "Does anyone know the English word for suco?" I asked a group of wide-eyed 5 year olds. A girl´s hand shot up, "suuuuuu..cooooo"  she pronounced slowly. I was in hysterics for about a minute, before I could tell them that actually, the word in English  is "juice".  ..... this was ... read more

Emily Duffy

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post ..post arrival

Seeing as I have been here about 3 weeks, I think it´s due time for a quick update.  Right now I´m sitting in an office chair. I just finished stapling hundreds of papers together. Before that I forwarded a text to about twenty contacts. A typical day for me contains ... read more

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My Third Published Book: The Global Balance of Power

Book Description The measurement of the global balance of power focuses on the paradigm shift from the United States post-September 11th, 2001 preemptive doctrine of unilateralism to one of partnerships and corporations in a modern multilateral order. Although the challenge to the unilateral doctrine brought to light new actors on ... read more

Binneh Minteh

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Reflections from Rio

 About 2 years ago, I was in Brazil for 2 weeks with some of my family. We were primarily there to surf and experience the local culture around the southern part of Brazil, but we managed to branch out into some remote areas. As we were exiting the Christ the ... read more

Dana  Hutchinson

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American living in Salvador, BA, Brasil: a survival guide of sorts

You´ve already gone through the process of getting your visto to study or travel in Salvador, Brasil.  You´ve paid your reciprocity fines to enter the country, packed your suitcase.   After a long flight, you arrive, wait in the fila to register with the Federal Police in the airport, find ... read more

Christina Briscoe

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O museu

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Feira de São Joaquim

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Christina Briscoe

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Carnaval

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Christina Briscoe

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Asa Delta

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Christina Briscoe

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Reflections on the praia

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Christina Briscoe

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Arrival: when the house breaks the glass slippers

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Christina Briscoe

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#RIO2016

Defeating major world cities like Madrid, Tokyo and Chicago, the 2016 Olympic Games will be held for the first time in a South American city: Rio de Janeiro. Chicago was the first one to be eliminated; Tokyo, the second one and Madrid got the second place in the race. In ... read more

Débora Biasutti

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Quilombo Project

by Vus (valerie hess) One of Fundação Esperança´s outreach programs is called the Quilombo Project.  Quilombo is the name of a community of people who are descendants of escaped African slaves from several hundred years ago.  Brazil has over a 1,000 Quilombos still in existence since the abolition of slavery ... read more

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Jesus March

  I have attended marches in the past, but I think they were always voicing an opinion against something: war, rape, police brutality.  On Saturday I walked several kilometers with thousands of citizens of Santarém in their annual “March for Jesus.”  Many churches come together for the event- mostly evangelical.  ... read more

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I have a minor allergy to soy protein

The scenery on our 1 hour bus ride to a small farm outside of Santarém (the location of the birthday party for the director of Pastoral do Menor) reminded me of home- Pennsylvania, USA. Slightly rolling hills with farm fields and distant tree lines. All of the fields contain soybeans. ... read more

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Davidson

This entry is very general and less interesting than it could be, but I wanted to give a broad picture of what an Amizade group experience looks like.  Future entries will explore in more detailed, and hopefully more interesting ways, aspects of the visit and the resulting questions. We had ... read more

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Festa Junina

Throughout the past month we have encountered many Festa Junina parties- festivals celebrating rural life and thankfulness for the rain (June generally marks the end of the rainy season).  It seems like every neighborhood has their own.  Typical Northeastern Brazilian food is served and folk dancing (similar to square dancing) ... read more

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Arrival Manaus (Part I)

This is my first post and my first entry in a short series paying homage to early May 2009, our opening week in Brazil.  After the series I’ll leap to the present, but I want to initiate the blog with recent history and excerpts from my journal to shed a ... read more

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Getting Around

Downtown isn't what you think

Audrey Bergner

05 Nov 2009

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Going downtown in Rio de Janeiro can prove to be surprisingly confusing because of a popular outdoor commercial center called “Downtown,” which boasts designer boutiques, bars, restaurants and a movie theatre. When my cousin offered to take me "downtown" one afternoon, I was shocked to end up at a mall! If you want to explore the city's central area, you'll need to use the Portuguese word: “centro.”

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Festivals & Events

Be safe at Carnaval

Danielle Taylor

06 Mar 2009

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Carnaval in the bigger cities of Brazil is no joke -- it's a lot of fun, but they don't employ thousands of police officers and security guards for nothing. Thieves will rip the earrings right out of your ears and jam their hands into your pockets to fish around for something to steal -- and then get away with it because the crowds pressing into you are so dense. One of my friends got her camera stolen from around her neck when someone forcefully yanked and broke the thick strap (aside from losing her camera, her neck was hurt pretty badly). It's a once-in-a lifetime experience, so go, but bring a disposable camera if you must, leave watches and jewelry at home, and hide your keys and money in your shoes.

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The dangers of portinhol

Christina Briscoe

02 Feb 2010

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"Portinhol" is the colloquial name here for Spanish speakers who try to speak Portuguese. Most errors (temprano v. cedo, olvidar v. esquecer) are innocent. Today, I found out why my host family looked at me so strangely when I was trying to be polite: "Se não lhes molestam..." Yeah. "Molestar" is not like Spanish (meaning, "to bother"). It´s like English.

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