That’s it. Like the blink of an eye, like it never happened, I was no longer in Brazil. Sitting on my parent’s couch in Columbia, South Carolina, I couldn’t help feel that time moves by faster than we can truly understand it. I leave for New York City next week, where I will start by finding… Continue reading So, Now What?
Why is it that so many people live in cities, but whenever given the chance escape to small towns? Through the history of time, more and more people have been flocking to big cities. But somehow, I feel our hearts long for the tranquility of somewhere less hectic. Somewhere without the background noise of cars, horns, planes, and… Continue reading Small Towns
1. Bike or run Copacabana & Ipanema on a Sunday – My favorite thing about Rio is that the main road right next to the beach is closed to cars all day Sunday, so that bikers, runners, and outdoor seekers can use it. Nothing quite like enjoying the views of Copacabana and Ipanema using your own two feet to get… Continue reading Top 5 Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” Friedrich Nietzsche, a famous German philosopher, once wrote. One of the joys of learning a new language is being introduced to new music. Listening to the words, the emotion, and the life that can be brought about with a sound. Music that can’t be expressed solely by spoken words.… Continue reading Swinging Samba
I had it all figured out. I would go to Kenya and 6 months later, I would come back to my old life in San Francisco – my friends, my apartment, find a rich husband to marry, stay in the SF Bay area, have two charming children, and live happily ever after. But something happened. I feel… Continue reading Stop Planning
Do you ever think about what life would be like as a coconut? As I stroll down the black and white patterned walk of Ipanema, I wonder about the life of these coconuts. Maybe they grew up in a tree a few hours away, were picked off and rolled into a van on the way… Continue reading I’d Be…a Coconut in Ipanema
My alarm goes off. I roll over in bed and brush away my long hair out of my face. I peer down to pick up my phone from the floor to turn the alarm off. What time is it? What am I doing today? I wonder sleepily, as I start to adjust my eyes to the morning light.… Continue reading Where Does the Time Go?