I made it back to Jersey. Esther and I ended up having flights that got in at the exact same time so I got a ride home with her. We are about to get in our pajamas and watch Sex and the City. Tomorrow we are going to take the train into New York for some sunny day exploring … finally! Have a good night!


Eu voltei para Jersey. Esther e eu acabamos tendo vôos que chegaram ao mesmo tempo, então eu fui para casa com ela. Estamos prestes a entrar em nosso pijama e assistir Sex and the City. Amanhã nós vamos levar o trem em Nova Iorque durante algum dia ensolarado que explora… finalmente! Tenha uma boa noite!



Museo do Amanhã

Yesterday I spent the day with my friend Dana and her little family. She and I studied abroad together here in Rio five years ago but she moved back a while later and ended up getting married and having a baby. She lives back in her hometown of Chicago but it just so happened that she would be bringing her baby to Brazil for the first time this week! It was so lovely to reconnect with her. She has always been someone that makes everything more fun. And meeting her husband and baby was icing on the cake. We met at Confeitaria Colombo which is a historical landmark here in Rio. It opened originally in 1894 and still stands in its original building. It’s known for its pastries and for its chic reputation; until 1970 men had to wear full suits and women had to be wearing hats in order to dine there. I had a delicious hazelnut pastry. After our little sugar rush we walked to Museu do Amanhã to admire the building and all the surrounding murals. The day ended in Santa Teresa, an adorable neighborhood above downtown on a steep hill. We shared a big pot of moqueca which is a seafood curry of sorts with coconut milk, spicy oil, and creamed rice. The museum didn’t exist when I was here five years ago and I hadn’t been back to Santa Teresa in a long time so it was nice to mix the old and the new. I hope you’re all having a lovely day, wherever you are. 

Ontem passei o dia com minha amiga Dana e sua pequena família. Ela e eu estudamos no exterior juntos aqui no Rio há cinco anos, mas ela voltou um tempo depois e acabou se casando e tendo um bebê. Ela mora em sua cidade natal, Chicago, mas aconteceu que ela estaria trazendo seu bebê para o Brasil pela primeira vez esta semana! Foi tão lindo se reconectar com ela. Ela sempre foi alguém que torna tudo mais divertido. E conhecer o marido e o bebê era a cereja no bolo. Nós nos conhecemos na Confeitaria Colombo, que é um marco histórico aqui no Rio. Foi inaugurado originalmente em 1894 e ainda está em seu prédio original. É conhecido por seus doces e por sua reputação chique; até 1970, os homens tinham que usar ternos completos e as mulheres tinham que usar chapéus para jantar lá. Eu tinha uma deliciosa massa de avelã. Depois da correria do açúcar, caminhamos até o Museu do Amanhã para admirar o prédio e todos os murais da redondeza. O dia terminou em Santa Teresa, um bairro adorável acima do centro da cidade em uma colina íngreme. Nós tínhamos compartilhado uma panela grande de moqueca que é um caril de frutos do mar ou tipos com leite de coco, óleo picante, e arroz chamuscado. O museu não existia quando eu estava aqui há cinco anos e eu não voltava a Santa Teresa há muito tempo, então foi legal misturar o antigo e o novo. Espero que todos vocês tenham um ótimo dia, onde quer que estejam.



Claire & Kurt's Wedding

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What a magical weekend! I drove seven hours each way to go see two of my favorite people from college get hitched! Kurt is my honorary big brother and I've known the lovely Claire for just as long. This weekend was amazing. I got to see so many people that were so influential in my college years whom I hadn't seen in far too long. The setting was amazing as well - bursting with oak trees, tire swings, a creek, all covered in tall grass. Most of us camped along the creek in a little neighborhood which was nice when I wanted to fall into bed after dancing for hours the night of the wedding. I'm so happy I was able to be there! 



Corona Del Mar

Yet another late post! This was an awesome day ... Olivia's first day in LA after we drove up from Tijuana/San Diego. We headed straight to a hike with my friend Lauren who was one of my college roommates right before I went to Brazil and met Olivia! It was a super hot day so we ended it in the water at a beach none of us had ever been to. Olivia and I purchased the matching shorts we are wearing at a famous street market in Rio called Uruguaiana. We bought them our last week together in Rio which meant we didn't get a chance to show off our twinsie outfit so I was sooo excited when she pulled them out of her suitcase. I miss her! 

may you all have a twinsie as amazing as mine 

thx for the photos Lauren! 



Hello! It's been a busy week, but it always bugs me when it takes this long for me to post again! My mamma is visiting this week. I picked her up from the airport late Monday after dance class and she'll be here until Sunday. I realized this is the first time I've really hosted her. She's been taking full advantage of the hot tub and the kitchen ... no complaints here ;).

Yesterday, Thanksgiving, was really nice - and not our typical family holiday. Raoul came over for waffle breakfast in the morning, then I baked the pumpkin pie while we waited for Jackson, my roommates dog, to be dropped off. We all went to the 80 degree dog beach in Long Beach for a few hours. That puppy loves to run! We ran so much and at one point he got completely soaked by a wave, but I couldn't tell if it was on purpose. He didn't seem mad about it and I laughed pretty hard. We came home and ate a delicious dinner and pie! Such a sweet day. 

Happy belated Thanksgiving