Summer, outbound to Brazil

I have become much more of a violent sleeper, often waking up with somewhat nightmares about returning to Florida. Don’t get me wrong, I love my “patriá,” but when I leave Brasil, I will be leaving this life forever. Yes of course, I can always come back and visit my new home and the people who live here, but the exchange will be over and the other international students back in their own “patriás.” This is a life that will be frozen in my memories.

Looking back, I realize how precious each photo I have taken is, each scar (ranging from bug bites to a falling sink back on the North East trip). Other than my ever growing weight, I’ve noticed changes in my habits, like how nail polish is now one of my necessities and that I’m never barefoot inside the house—god bless socks. On the converse of the Northern Hemisphere, the weather here has started to sink (and when I mean sink, I mean plummet to about 13 C in the beginning of autumn). School is up and running, but each day feels like the shortest eternity. I have less than 90 days until I return and I couldn’t be more panicked. (July 1st)
On a brighter note, a definite highlight of my exchange was The Northeast 3 Trip across the—you guessed it—north east of Brasil. We departed for our adventure from Curitiba and arrived in Belo Horizonte the same day. Cities we passed include Lençois (Diamantina Chapada), Maceió, Vitoria da Conquista, Natal, Estância, Salvador, Praia do Forte, Rio de Janeiro, and Angra dos Reis. During those 21 days, our group snorkeled in caves, relaxed on beaches, danced until the sun rose, watched traditional performances, ate amazing food, and had a truly unforgettable time with our amazing consulars.

I have seriously thought about starting another life here in my city but only time will tell. I still have so much of the world to see and explore, but Curitiba, Brasil, will always have a place in my heart. The Jardim Botânico is my castle and the streets of Rua XV are etched in my skin; este ano é a madrugada das nossas vidas.

Here’s to the exchange student family of District 4730 (2014-2015).