Relying on public transportation in London was one of our best decisions. I’m sure there would be advantages of renting a car if we were staying long enough to travel beyond London, but for sightseeing and staying in London proper buying an Oyster card is the way to go.Continue reading
We spent a weekend in Rio de Janeiro–me battling an ear infection, Vini catching up with his cousins, and both of us keeping our ears (ear in my case) open to shootings in the mountains. We never heard any. Rio treated us with perfect hospitality.
That being said, Rio is a wild place. Continue reading
Ilhabela is right off the coast of São Paulo, approximately 4 hours away from São Paulo city. It’s an archipelago of islands, the largest one is Ilha de São Sebastião (St. Sebastian Island). The island is rich in history and tradition, its settlement reaching far back to the time of Amerigo Vespucci and further still to the Tupinambas (Native Indians) who lived there before. Because it was a haven for explorers and the scene of many shipwrecks on its rocky beaches, there are numerous opportunities for diving and checking out ancient wrecks, which are now home to exotic sea life. Continue reading
On Tuesday evening, August 14, Vini and I arrived home after 44 days away. It had been two years since we had gone to Brazil, and boy was it time for us to visit.
It’s hard for me to explain what it’s like to go back. It brings me so much healing—physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. As my brain switches out English for Portuguese, everything else switches a little bit too. Going back centers me, and I am so thankful we had a chance to go when we did. Continue reading