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Pain is Weakness Leaving the Body - http://akiltandacamera.com

MIA But Still Standing

OK, so it’s been a while since I posted. Sorry about that. I was in a bit of a funk, right in the middle of the infamous “Expat Blues”, and didn’t want to write while I was feeling so negative. Nothing makes a blog more interesting than posts written by someone who is continually thinking, […]

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365 Photo Project – May 2014

Another month has flown by and life continues to march along. May has brought more work for Brian, new classes for me, a nineteenth birthday for my Boy, and a new opportunity for my Girl. Bring it on, I say! (Except the work for Brian, I think he already has too much.) Here’s what we’ve […]

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What Must They Think Of Us?

What Must They Think Of Us?

Now that we’ve lived in four countries our perspectives on what’s culturally “normal” have changed so much that we can no longer even remember what that word means. That’s especially true for us because Brian and I were raised in two different parts of the world and there are huge gaps in the way we […]

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Read a book in Portuguese. One day I'll be fluent. - http://akiltandacamera.com

Me Talk Pretty One Day*

  When I am speaking in Portugues, I seem like this. People can understand me, but is obvious that I am foreigner. Not Brazilian. For certain, nothing of Brazil, haha. For example, the other time I spoke a story with my friend. I spoke, I said, I have said? “So remember I told to you […]

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365 Photo Project – April 2014

Travel. It doesn’t feel like travel anymore. We live here. It still doesn’t feel like home sometimes, but it’s more familiar now. Life is pretty normal, full of things like work, laundry, riding my bike and figuring out what’s for dinner, with the occasional weekend in the mountains with friends. Those weekends in the mountains […]

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Caged

Individuals can be said to be in a state of leisure if they simply perceive that they have the freedom to choose activities and are motivated by an activity for its own sake – John Neulinger I’m feeling a bit “not at leisure” lately. Do I have lots of free time? Oh, yes. Lots and […]

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365 Photo Project – March 2014

March. March should be spring time. Warmer weather, longer days and flowers starting to bloom. We did get a few blooming flowers on the Jacaranda trees, but other than those purple beauties our March was upside down. Will we ever get used to the seasons in the southern hemisphere? I really don’t think so, those […]

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Teacup Lake Nordic Skiing on Mt. Hood in Oregon - http://akiltandacamera.com

Skiing at Teacup Lake Nordic

Alone in the forest with heavy snow coming down, obscuring the trail I had just left behind me, I listened for the slightest sounds of civilization. There was nothing. No sound of vehicles to tell me where the road was. No sound of another human being. No sounds of a snowmobile coming to find me. […]

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Learning to Ski in Oregon

We’ll arrive in the Canadian high Arctic to begin our expedition in just over a year. While I’ll be staying in the town local town of Pond Inlet (Mittimatalik), Brian and the rest of the team will be circumnavigating Bylot Island on skis while they each pull two sleds (pulks) behind them with a rope […]

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Cannon Beach, OR, USA - Through the glass ball. www.akiltandacamera.com

365 Photo Project – February 2014

February came and went like a flash, but a really, really eventful flash. Because, dude! We went on vacation to the States! We went to the States because of the Polar Bears. You see, Brian needed to learn how to cross country ski so he can get away from the Polar Bears because he’s going […]

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The Point at Manzanita, OR

During our short stay in Astoria, we took the grand tour with our friends to see as much of the area as we could. Greg and Jenn led the way to all their favorite scenic locations. Their secret plan to make us fall in love with Oregon so that we would move there and live […]

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Astoria, Oregon, USA

My dad was born there but somehow in my many years of traveling I have never been to Astoria. It was time to remedy that. With nearly two weeks to spend in the US, and a busy schedule planned, we bookended the trip with Astoria. We spent the first two days and the last two […]

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Graffiti on the streets of Jundiai, SP, Brazil - http://akiltandacamera.com

365 Photo Project – January 2014

Another January has come and gone. Zoooooom! There it went. It’s been a quiet month filled with small things keeping me close to home, but I’ve still found happiness in getting those small things done. This life of international living can sometimes feel very normal. I have chores just like I always have. I still […]

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The Expat List of What To Bring

When you find out you’re moving to another country, one of the big questions to rattle around in your brain is what to put on your packing list. It seems like it’s the biggest topic of conversation for expats. What can I not live without? What do I need to feel more at home? What […]

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You All Live With Me Here

They go through my head as I go through my day. When I climb out of bed and see the city outside my window with the morning light streaming across the rooftops, I think of my cousins. I wish I could show them the colors and the way the sun crosses the northern sky. When […]

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365 Times Two – Because I Can

I just finished my second 365 photo project. How did I do? Pretty well. I skipped a few days this past year, but I managed to finish strong. So when it came time to decide if I would do it again this year, I don’t think I really even considered not doing it again. My […]

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2013 A Kilt and A Camera Wrap-Up

Two thousand thirteen. Thirteen! Remember the Y2K fiasco? When we all bought Amish stuff and hoped the world didn’t end? That was fourteen years ago. Holy heck. So, 2013 was a whopper of a year. We seem to have a lot of those, this hot husband and I. Since we met we’ve been trotting around […]

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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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Crystal Ball photos. My new favorite toy.

365 Photo Project – Week 50

Well hello there, week fifty! Where did you come from? Contrary to the evidence, I have not let my 365 photo project fall by the wayside. I have been (sort of) diligently taking my “Through” photos (mostly) every day. Editing and posting them? That’s another story entirely. I have learned a few things with this […]

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The Graffiti of Curitiba

Graffiti on the Streets of Curitiba

I am always fascinated by the graffiti we see in any city we visit. Here are just a few of my favorites from Curitiba. Pretty cool, huh?

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