Ipanema Saturdays and Copacabana Sundaes
Once upon a time, I went to Rio de Janeiro. And it was pretty perfect. My study abroad program, CIEE, sponsored the trip, so we stayed in a hotel on Ipanema Beach. This was a nice change of pace from hostelling or CouchSurfing with jugglers (even though I loved the people I met in those experiences, I also like real beds and showers). Rio is justly famous for its beach culture. Cariocas...
Statistics are like bikinis: what they reveal is interesting, but what they hide...– Roberto Campos
Reggaeton Playlist of Dreams...parte 2
And so the reggaeton obsession continues…in honor of the fact that I finally returned to Buenos Aires, here is my latest playlist of Spanish music. Hearing these songs at Pacha was pure magic. Disfruten! 1. Dile and Danza Kuduro by Don Omar 2. Tu Me Dejaste Caer, Llamada de Emergencia, and Suelta by Daddy Yankee 3. Brujula de Amor by El Original (it took me 7 months to find this song!) ...
Things that have captured my attention lately: Google Street View Brazil Google recently implemented Street View in over 50 Brazilian cities. A blogger gathered the funniest and strangest photos captured by Google so far, from ironic graffiti to dead bodies. How does culture affect entrepreneurship in other countries? Why do Americans and Japanese value innovation? This is what I did my...
Love Lessons from Taxi Drivers, Brazilian Edition
Taxi Driver: So, where do you work?
Me: Oh no, I don't work, I'm an exchange student here in São Paulo.
Driver: How great! And you're learning Portuguese?
Me: I'm trying to, yes, but it's hard. Really hard.
Driver: You need to get a Brazilian boyfriend, he would teach you really fast.
Me: Hahaha good idea.
Driver: No, seriously, you would learn for free. You wouldn't spend any money. You have to economize here, ya' know?
Brazilian Election Fun
Last week, Brazilians voted in the first round of presidential and congressional elections. Voting is mandatory and people vote electronically at computer stations. Most Brazilians have told me they think the U.S. voting system (electoral college, paper ballots) makes no sense. With that said, there were some entertaining candidates for Congress. Among them were a clown, a former boxer, a...
On Sunday night, I went to see a local samba school’s rehearsal for Carnaval. Edited video montage to come soon!