The question I always, always get is Why Rio? Well, you see, Rio is a city of growing influence in the world, hosting World Youth Day this year, the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016. Crazy, right? And if you’re wondering what a carioca is, it basically describes anyone (or anything) pertaining to the cidade de Rio de Janeiro (the city of Rio de Janeiro). While I’m there, I am going to be living with a host family, taking intensive Portuguese classes, studying at a university, and soaking in the warmth, energy, and beauty of Brazil. And, of course, I’ll be blogging the whole way through.
While my experience with Brazil is nonexistent and my Portuguese is fairly (read: extremely) subpar, I wanted to challenge myself by studying abroad in a place completely unlike my own home. I wanted to be far away from familiarity, from friends, from routine. And thus, when I was narrowing down my options, I chose a place that has always really fascinated me, and yet not one that I automatically thought of when I was first considering different programs. Not only am I excited to take courses at a university there, but also to meet and befriend as many people as I can. And, of course, Snapdragon will be there to accompany me on all of my many adventures. I’m hoping to take a few side trips as well to other places like Belo Horizonte, São Paulo, Cuzco (Peru), and Patagonia (Argentina).
Not too familiar with Brazil or Rio? Well friends, get excited because you’re going to get to know Rio pretty darn well, right from the comfort of your own computer screen. As Snapdragon and I tackle Rio, we’ll be posting about all the things we see, the food we eat, and the people we meet. Studying abroad is such a unique experience, and I am amazed and excited for this wonderful opportunity. If there’s anything you all would like to see from us, whether it’s advice on Rio or more stories, please let me know! We are excited to have you along on the journey, and we’ll do our best to keep you updated on all of our shenanigans.
Have you ever been to Rio de Janeiro? Do you have advice for things I should do? Or do you simply have some words of encouragement for Snapdragon? Leave a comment!
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