Thursday, October 30, 2014

Halloween in Fort Greene

New York City is known for doing some holidays well (Christmas!) and others not so much. Halloween ranks pretty high on the charts. The fun thing about Halloween in the city is that there are plenty of free events, including one of New York's favorite things - an opportunity to dress up their pets and show them off!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Bear-Spotting on Skyline Drive

I've lived in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia for most of my life - over twenty years total. And yet, until this past August (as I was helping my parents pack up to move), I'd never seen a bear in the wild in my home state. Lucky for me, one last trip over to Skyline Drive changed that!

Thursday, October 23, 2014


"None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.” 
- Jane Austen, Persuasion.

Dark clouds rolling in from the Atlantic had become an expected sight in my short time in Porto de Galinhas. Around 3:00 in the afternoon, they'd appear on the horizon, steadily growing closer. Tourists lazing about on the sand and vendors hawking piña coladas and sunglasses all kept one eye squinted seaward, calculating just how many minutes of sunshine they could squeeze out before the clouds arrived. As they approached, the beach would quickly empty. Getting caught in the deluge the first afternoon was enough for me - I learned to get to a cafe and wait the weather out there, my hostel just a few steps farther than the time it took from cloud appearance to cloud burst.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Argentina v Brazil

Neighbors and Rivals

What's that you say? Argentina never played Brazil in the 2014 World Cup? Pish. It's all a matter of perspective.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Corcovado, on Brazilian Time

As the cab wove up to a tunnel carved out of a verdant mountain, I struggled to remember how to ask "How long will it take to get there?" in terrible Portuñol. It was already past noon. I had no watch, the clock on the dash gave the wrong time, and I was supposed to be halfway across the city, at Cosme Velho, in time to catch the 12:40 train.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rio's Jardim Botânico

Sometimes even the best laid travel plans go awry. Toward the end of my trip to Brazil, I'll admit that I didn't even have any "best laid plans". When I arrived in Rio, my friend and host Debora seemed to sense this, asked me for a basic outline of what I'd like to do, and took care of the rest. My laziness in planning the end of my trip caught up with me in some ways (for example - tickets for Sugarloaf Mountain were entirely sold out by the time we checked), but in other ways, I really enjoyed letting go and allowing someone else to do all the work for me.

Monday, October 6, 2014

The Boy From Ipanema

I'd only sacrifice my layout for the man who paid for my graphic design education.

The song 'The Girl From Ipanema' came out in 1964 and was a worldwide hit by 1965. Wanting to capitalize on the pop culture moment, some professors at the University of Virginia decided to pinpoint the location mentioned in the song. They had several theories, but in the end, a student was able to tell them the answer, having lived in the Rio neighborhood. At least, that's how my dad tells the story...  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Walking From Copacabana to Ipanema


What is there to say about Brazil's most famous beaches? It's hard to find words to describe Rio's natural beauty, especially when you're there in person. While I was in Rio, my friend Debora took me on a walk from Leme through Copacabana and all the way down to Ipanema. Here are a few of the pictures we took that day!