Florianopolis & Sao Paulo 5.22.17

Traveling in Brazil has been a language experience unlike in other countries. Everywhere else I traveled I relied on either English, my first language, or the native language of the country, Spanish, to communicate. In Brazil, English is not widely spoken and the native language is Portuguese. Here, my interactions usually take place in Portuñol, which Wikipedia describes…

Eating Well: Argentina 5.16.17

After months of photos about excellent food I thought an update on exercise might be appropriate. Prior to travel, I worked out regularly at a gym or outdoors. When I made the decision to long term travel, I accepted that exercise as I practiced it at home would not be a part of my routine…

Iguazu Falls 5.13.17

The journey is as important to the travel experience as the places I visit. Each country has its own system for moving people long distances and I have become intimately familiar with these varied systems. After a 10-day period in Argentina and Brazil that included 3 overnight bus trips, blog reader (and prolific blogger herself), Kat asked how busses…

Year of Sarah Joy @ 9 months 5.10.17

I bought my airplane ticket home. I will arrive in early July, a little more than 11 months after I departed from MSP. In free time wandering through cities, laying on beaches and sitting in transit, my mind sometimes travels to Minnesota. I have begun thinking about how I will feel when I arrive home, what…

Buenos Aires 5.8.17

Adam works as a US Foreign Service Officer. He and his husband Kevin are currently posted to Buenos Aires, Argentina. I met Kevin in a freshman seminar our first semester of college. Adam and I became friends through Kevin and when we would cross paths as University of Minnesota employees. As a guest for more…

Mendoza, Cordoba, Rosario 4.28.17

Arriving in Cordoba I quickly noticed and appreciated the city’s emphasis on preserving and promoting arts and culture. For example: Cordoba has a central arts related website compiling events, exhibitions, and museum information. I received a branded, color, multi-lingual map created by a graphic designer describing the space and exhibits at each museum I visited. The museums were housed in renovated,…

Eating Well: Chile 4.25.17

Two thoughts on food for this Eating Well installment: Shared kitchens are a common part of hostel life in South America. From Chile onward, every hostel I stayed at had cooking facilities. In contrast, the standard for hostels in Asia was to have a kitchen and bar located on the premises. Off the top of my head,…

Santiago & Valparaiso 4.22.19

While buying water in the Santiago airport, I said to the convenience store attendant, “¿Tiene cambio para un billete de 50 pesos?” or, “Do you have change for a 50 peso bill?” He replied, “No.” I responded, “Quiero uno botella de agua. ¿Hay otra mantra de pagar? ¿Se acepta tarjeta de credito?” or “I want water,…

A Visit with my Chilean Family 4.19.17

In 2008-09 I studied abroad in Viña del Mar, Chile. When I reflect on how I decided to travel for a year and why I feel comfortable with this life, I am not surprised to realize my experience abroad in college contributed to my current reality. Studying abroad I developed resiliency and self-sufficiency, personal skills I rely on daily and that are also…

250 Days & So Many Friends 4.16.17

  Each day I capture video footage of the people who are a part of my day. Somedays the people I record are new friends. Other days the video subjects are unknown people but we share the experience of being in the same place. Every day though, there is a story behind the video snippets. I shared my first…

NYC & a 30th Birthday 4.14.17

In early March I enjoyed a week in New York City with friends and family. This visit enabled me to transit from Asia to South America without spending an outrageous number of hours in airports and on airplanes. More importantly, traveling through NYC allowed me to visit special friends and celebrate my birthday with people who matter in…

Yangon 4.5.17

Somewhat often people ask, “What do you miss from home?” After only a few weeks traveling in China, I realized I missed salad. My diet at home included salad bowls, tossed salads, deconstructed salads, and fresh vegetables as snacks. Once I started traveling, my efforts to eat like a local and to avoid food based illnesses led…