#thegirltravels – Ilhabela, pt. II


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

Innocents Abroad — A Surprise

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