The magic of Rio

Of all the places I have visited, I was most nervous to visit Rio. Rio has a reputation as a wild city – which can be the most fun but also can skew dangerous in a second. With these cautious ringing in my ears, I arrived in Rio with low expectations. However, this city really … More The magic of Rio

A jungle slide and mud bath: Paraty adventures (Brazil)

Paraty is not just a quaint little colonial town, but it is nestled in between among jungle-y mountains and close to some incredible beaches. One of the funnest excursions of my trip was a short bus ride out of town to a natural water slide- Cachoeira do Tobaga. You get off at this cute church … More A jungle slide and mud bath: Paraty adventures (Brazil)

The cutest colonial town: Paraty, Brazil

When someone mentions visiting Brazil, I think most immediately conjure up images of the frenetic, wild, magnificent, spectacular Rio – the  chaos, colour, samba, and spice. However, just a few hours west, there is a charming treasure to explore: Paraty (pronounced para-chee). Paraty is a quiet colonial town, a UNESCO world heritage site which captures … More The cutest colonial town: Paraty, Brazil

PhD purgatory: the medium place between mostly done and fully done

Its been a while since I have treated y’all to an update on my PhD life, and that is because I am somewhat done but also not quite done. (That makes sense, right?) You can see the process – the slowly climbing word count (the blue and green lines are total word count and word … More PhD purgatory: the medium place between mostly done and fully done