#thegirltravels – Chicago


Many months ago when we first bought our plane tickets to Brazil after two years sans far away travel, we were stoked to book a ticket that gave us a day in Chicago on the way back.

“Oh! What a great chance to leave the airport and roam around Chicago!”

But after over a month away from home, miles and miles of road trips, a 10-hour flight behind us, and a 5-hour flight ahead, ten hours in Chicago didn’t sound as appealing anymore. To top it off, I was finally succumbing to the cold that had been following me around. Time to get sick and be over with it.

But there weren’t any earlier flights to Vancouver from Chicago. So we checked our bags, compressed our carry-ons, I swallowed some cold medicine, and we took the train from O’Hare to downtown.

That day ended up being a complete Continue reading

#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