Extending my tourist visa in Brazil explained in simple terms – the long-winded story of how I successfully did it

Extending my tourist visa in Brazil explained in simple terms – the long-winded story of how I successfully did it

14 May 2019 When I tried to extend my visa in Brazil, I found the process to be confusing and a little stressful. I ended up spending a lot of time on my computer, downloading and printing lots of documents and rushing to get to the airport as much as possible for fear of not [...]

The random thoughts which go through my mind while I’m waiting

The random thoughts which go through my mind while I’m waiting

25 May 2019 I somehow ended up at a hospital in Brazil again yesterday... Now, before you jump into panick, I just needed to see a doctor to check something ~ it wasn't serious (even though I'm not happy with the diagnosis...it could have been worse).  Fun fact...going to hospitals make me feel uncomfortable - [...]

Learning a new language while you’re abroad

Learning a new language while you’re abroad

Picture: me working with a Brazilian local who couldn't speak any English in Rio Das Ostras. I've always wanted to learn another language. I usually tend to get motivated when I go overseas and then struggle to communicate with the locals...when this happens, I come back home with this burning desire to learn the language of [...]

Chivalry is not dead (at least in South America)

Chivalry is not dead (at least in South America)

1 March 2019 – just a random thought about Brazil, South America and self-confidence This entry is very personal to me. So enjoy, be gentle and understand I’m opening the doors of my heart to you. I’m allowing my vulnerable enemy to attack and potentially breaking my healing wounds. Judgment is a natural human reaction…but [...]

A three hour walk through the favela of Rocinha (the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro)

A three hour walk through the favela of Rocinha (the largest favela in Rio de Janeiro)

25 January 2019  I'm not a huge fan of going on any tour let alone a walking tour but for some strange reason, I signed up for a walking tour of a favela in Rio de Janeiro I found on the Couchsurfing Hangout App.  You might wonder ~ why would you bother going on a [...]

2 January 2019: Goodbye Rio de Janeiro, hello Rio Das Ostras. My first BlaBlaCar (hitch-hiking) experience in Brazil

2 January 2019: Goodbye Rio de Janeiro, hello Rio Das Ostras. My first BlaBlaCar (hitch-hiking) experience in Brazil

I'm currently waiting at some random petrol station for my driver which I found via a hitch hiking app. He's running late... In fact, I don't even know if he's coming. I wish I had someone with me because I need to go to the toilet but I don't trust anyone to look after my [...]