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Merry Christmas from Brazil

Our Brazilian Christmas

Despite spending so much time in Brazil over the last seven years, we had never actually spent a Christmas here until this year. Brian always flew back to Houston to spend the holiday with me, often after a long flight to Scotland to spend the pre-holiday days with his dad. Christmas has been a time […]

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Our Previous Brazilian Halloween Party – Expat Style

Now you’ve seen how we celebrated Halloween this year, I thought you might like to see how different it was than our last Brazilian Halloween. Two years ago we spent a Halloween in Brazil in a different city, and we had a completely different experience. I originally wrote this post on my old blog here. […]

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Our Brazilian Halloween

This isn’t our first Halloween in Brazil, but it’s the first one during which the kids of our apartment building will be coming around in their costumes, trick-or-treating. How exciting!   I may have preferred that we get a little more than one day’s notice about it, but at least I still had time to […]

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Alnwick’s Treehouse Restaurant for the Holidays

We had a plan when we showed up in Alnwick. We’d see the book store, stop by a local restaurant for a meal, then head to the Alnwick Castle Gardens. The restaurant we wanted to see is not just any restaurant. It’s the Treehouse.   Built high up in the branches of mature lime trees, […]

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Christmas Eve in Pooley Bridge, England

What’s a couple to do for Christmas when the kids are all spending it elsewhere, when we don’t buy each other gifts, and we don’t observe the holiday (or anything else) in a religious manner? We run away. We go exploring. We get out of Dodge. Brian and I found a self catering cottage in […]

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Ringing Out the Old Year in Newcastle

New Year’s Eve! How did the year go by so quickly? Time is flying, life is short, another year is gone. It’s a little bit scary to see how fast it’s going, but I kind of like the reminder. Life is short! I need to pay attention and take advantage of the time we have. […]

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Day One – 2013

For as long as I can remember, celebrating the New Year is a one night celebration. New Year’s Eve is a night of parties, fireworks, ball drops and staying up past midnight to kiss your loved ones. Here in England this holds true as well. But in the US, New Year’s Day has traditionally been […]

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Packed, mobbed, swarming with bikinis

Brazil – Carnaval in a Small Town

We spend a lot of our time in and around Rio das Ostras in Rio de Janeiro state. It’s a beautiful place with fourteen beaches and misty mountains in the distance. It’s easy to see why it’s a tourist destination, catering mostly to Brazilians from other parts of the country. Most people know all about […]

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Texas – Trail of Lights in Wimberly

What is one to do on a chilly December night in Wimberly? If you don’t want to miss the hottest action in town, you go see the annual Trail of Lights at the EmilyAnn Theater. You put on your gloves and parka, and maybe a hat, grab yourself a hot chocolate and a hot date […]

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Brazilian Turkeys

Happy Un Thanksgiving

As I sit in our apartment in this little Brazilian beach town, listening to the ocean waves and the neighbor’s never ending car alarm, I’m doodling about online and seeing Thanksgiving posts all over the interwebs. And I can’t seem to wrap my head around it. I mean, I know it’s Thanksgiving but it just […]

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