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My Life in Rio – 3 Months in 30 Photos

The last 90 days have been an absolute blur. I touched down on January 18th and from that moment forward, Rio de Janeiro has completely sucked me in. On a long bus ride to the airport this week to extend my tourist visa, I had some time to reflect on …

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A Portuguese Progress Report

Just like in high school, I’m learning to use a lot less tongue and focus more on the movements of my mouth. This is one the major pronunciation differences between Spanish and Portuguese, and I’m starting to pick it up. I still have a heavy Spanish accent and often use Spanish …

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How to Extend Your Tourist Visa in Rio

This post isn’t for everyone but for those who are in need of renewing (or extending) their tourist visa here in Rio de Janeiro, I hope this helps. It has been almost 90 days since I arrived in Rio and that means it was time to take a trip to …

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Learning Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro

Before I moved to Rio de Janeiro, I asked fellow travelers about the art of learning (Brazilian) Portuguese. To my surprise, they all pretty much responded the same way… “If you know Spanish, you’ll be fine.” I understood that Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and French (among others) are rooted in Latin …

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9 First Impressions of Living Rio de Janeiro

Two weeks deep and the reality of living in Rio de Janeiro is just starting to set in. I spent my first six days in Brazil at a hostel in the upscale neighborhood of Ipanema, where it felt more like a vacation than the start of a new adventure. It …

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