Touring Rio de Janeiro

Touring Rio de Janeiro

Touring Rio de Janeiro When most people think of Rio de Janeiro they think of Carnival, Samba, and beautiful beaches. We’ve been to Rio de Janeiro several times since moving to Brazil. This city can be overwhelming and intimidating to most tourists. This is especially true if you do not speak Portuguese. And if you speak Spanish like I do, […]

Should You Take a Favela Tour in Rio?

Should You Take a Favela Tour in Rio?

Panoramic view from the top of the Rocinha favela in Rio Why you should consider a Favela Tour in Rio de Janeiro There is much controversy surrounding the idea of favela tours in Rio de Janeiro. A favela is a shanty town. In Rio and you will see favelas all around the city, many with prime real estate and million dollar […]

Whale Watching in Brazil

Whale Watching in Brazil

  As some of our readers may know, Dale’s father is visiting us in Brazil for the next several weeks and we have a lot of fun travels planned. He’s already fitting in like he was born here! We’ve attended two Brazilian BBQ parties and visited several beaches. We spent his first weekend in Brazil whale watching and had a […]

Sandboarding Santa Catarina, Brazil

Sandboarding Santa Catarina, Brazil

This past weekend the weather was perfect. We decided to head to one of our favorite beach towns, Sao Francisco do Sul. We had our swimsuits on, tied the Stand Up Paddle board (SUP) and surfboard to the top of the car and off we went. When we arrived we were starved so we decided to eat a quick lunch […]

48 Hours in Buenos Aires

48 Hours in Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is a bustling metropolis that is often called the “Paris of South America”. Or at least it was before Argentina’s economic crisis. We’ve asked several of our friends that have recently been to Buenos Aires what they thought and they all say the same thing, keep your expectations low. There is homelessness everywhere, garbage in the streets, graffiti […]

My Travel Essentials

My Travel Essentials

My first trip overseas was in 1997 when I went to Bogota, Colombia as an exchange student. I have since lived in South Korea and now Brazil and I’ve traveled all over the world. Friends and family often ask me what to pack for overseas trips. Over the years I’ve come up with some pretty handy items to bring and […]