November 5, 2018

It was no difficult feat convincing one of my best friends to join me in South America. In high school, we were obsessed with the idea of going to Paris together—the language (we took Spanish), the wine (didn’t drink), sexy French men with accents (again, all-girls’ school), and naturally, the food. 

Ah yes, the French culinary tradition. The nascence of gastronomy. We knew close to nothing about French food but the gaps in our knowledge were filled with fantasies of cobblestone streets lined wit...

October 27, 2018

As we've began the last three blogs, I'll start off with some frank honesty: I decided the title of this post to be “STRANGE TIME IN SALVADOR” weeks ago when I supposed to complete it after the elections but my final week in a half or so, it feels less true because lately, things haven’t felt so strange. Compared to my last two weeks, the first two weeks felt like a lengthy dress rehearsal before the final show intended to iron out all the kinks.  And now that the show's begun, it's time to go,...

October 23, 2018

As promised, I am back. Long since back, actually, but just finally getting around to writing this post. Unintentionally, I spent nearly a week in the interior of Bahia because I loved the place so much (so much so that I briefly regretted allotting Salvador as the second of two Brazilian home bases) but I'll chock it up to a learning experience and troubleshooting for (the inevitable) next time. 

I was still in my South-American-maximalist-interior-design dream of an Airbnb when I decided t...

October 10, 2018

Okay so by time this will be posted it will be a little more than a week (closer to a week and half) and let me tell you now, what a week it has been. 

My day of travel to leave Ilhabela went, as I described to my parents and friends that checked in, divinely well. My taxi came right on time and I sweatlessly lifted my bags out the house. I waited less than 10 minutes for the balsa to come, load and leave. There was a familiar taxi fortuitously waiting on the other side (I used him during my prev...

September 27, 2018

In the interest of transparency and restarting this blogging venture on an honest note, I should confess that my title is misleading...it has not technically been a full month in Ilhabela. I've been in Brazil for 27 (going on 28) days, 22 or so of which were indeed on Ilhabela, but for the headline's sake we'll just call it a month.

So with that out the way, let me begin by telling you about Casa Na Ilha. For those of you that don’t speak Portuguese, it translates to “house on the island”, the “...

February 13, 2016

        When I heard in the news that Mos Def was arrested for domesticiating in South Africa with his family, my first thought was not one of tongue clicking and head shaking but rather, “you know what? He probably didn’t want to fill out all that damn paperwork.” The consensus across many friends in the program was overwhelmingly that “there were times I didn’t think I would make it here” because their Visas wouldn't arrive on time. I bet Yasiin “Most Def” Bey didn’t want to get an x-ray/skin...

January 22, 2016


I hate blogs. I know that’s really unproductive to say since I have one, but for the most part I really do. I think it’s because I write in journals daily (Sidebar: I’ve gotten some flack for this in the past. I don’t have a “diary”. Diaries are for tween girls, journals are for writers and thinkers and visionaries...like myself...lol...), I think that the daily exercise of writing about your day serves to unearth an insight from your subconscious about those events which were glossed over in t...

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