Ninja Speed Bumps

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I mentioned before that after few days of touching down in Brasilia, we started driving. It's been an interesting experience so far and I can't help but compare it to my previous driving experiences in other cities (mostly all in the US).  Generally, driving in Brasilia isn't so bad - after all the city was designed to be a driving city.  I guess "so bad" is subjective. I do find it easier than driving in DC, or San Francisco, or Chicago mainly because the traffic is so, so much lighter. Growing up in the Bay Area and living in the Washington DC area has made me really, really appreciate … [Read more...]

The Well-Adjusted Schnauzer

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When we were first preparing to move, I'll admit I was freaking out a little about the dog.  The regulations surrounding international pet transport and relocation, like many things, are very fragmented. The USDA has its own rules and requirements on exporting a pet; the receiving country has its own import rules on pets; and the airlines have their requirements on pets. While I was pretty sure I had covered all my bases, it wasn't until we got through customs in Brasilia that I was able to breathe a sigh of relief. Like the rest of my children, DRJ has been a trooper. He rolls with the … [Read more...]

Anti-Limelight

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Happy Monday all! First, I want to say thank you to everyone for your kind words and encouragement on that last post. :-) It was tough week last week, but I can feel this week is going to be much much better. Sometimes I'm optimistic like that... For better or worse! And here's a good example... Sometime in the last couple of weeks, Brasilia entered Spring... While I can't tell the difference between whatever last season was and this season (Spring), apparently it's a reason to celebrate. There were spring-related festivals of the sort all around.  For Wali's school, I think it marked the … [Read more...]

Peer Pressure in the First Grade

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So, my big 6-year-old boy (Kuya)... He's smart, sweet, charming, and extremely outgoing. He's a bit mischievous sometimes (and would get in trouble at school), and this overseas move has thrown him a curve-ball, but overall he's a very happy-go-lucky boy. However... since the beginning of the school year, he's been having problems adjusting. He's had some ongoing issues with one particular boy in his class, we'll call him Michael (not his real name). The problems are bordering bullying, but of course not everything is so black-and-white. I can't say my child has responded to him with the … [Read more...]

Fruits, Fruits, Wonderful Fruits

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I feel like I've been writing a lot about frustrating topics lately - adjustment pains, stress, etc., so today I thought I'd share one of the many great things about living in Brazil. FRUITS, that is! Brasilia is filled with sooooo much fresh (and relatively cheap) fruits! I'll confess, prior to moving here, I had a difficult relationship with fresh fruits. This comic from The Oatmeal sums it up pretty nicely. But slowly and surely, we've been able to improve this relationship. It's really hard not to (here in Brazil), especially if you're trying to save money and eat healthy at … [Read more...]