To say that I loved California is an understatement. I felt right at home there, like I had found my niche. There are vegetarian and vegan restaurants pretty much everywhere (really, really good and gourmet ones), the organic food movement is huge and very strong, everyone seems to care deeply about the environment (we had never seen so many hybrid cars and solar panels in our lives), and the people are a lot more laid back and friendly than in the east coast. I could easily live in Santa Monica or Venice Beach, ride my bike everywhere, and be happy.
The biggest party in the world kicks off today! As a Brazilian, you can imagine how excited I am to join my fellow countrymen and fans from around the world in our journey toward our sixth World Cup win (sorry, hubby, no chance for Italy this time).
I couldn’t help but feel a little nostalgic upon seeing photos of Kelly Framel’s (The Glamourai) most recent trip to my home country of Brasil. She has been there a few times before, but something about this trip in particular and the way she documented it through photos, really made me feel extremely homesick.
As you know, my husband and I made an express visit to Chicago this past weekend to attend the baptism of our baby niece, Annalee- to whom my husband is the Godfather.
The time has finally arrived! We are on our way to the windy city to meet our baby niece, Annalee, and celebrate my husband's birthday. As you can tell, we have been counting the days!
Since neither of us have been to Chicago before, evidently, we are both very anxious and excited to see what this beautiful city has to offer. It will be a breath of fresh air for us. So, if you have any recommendations of places we should go, see, eat, shop, etc., please, please do share!
As you may already know, last Friday Gian, my father and I accompanied a group of friends on an adventure we'll never forget: hiking and spending the night at the summit of Acatenango Volcano, one of the highest of 22 volcanoes in Guatemala.
At last, the Con Dao, Vietnam pictures! I'll be honest, I think it took me this long to sort through the pictures I wanted to share with you because I was afraid I'd feel a bit nostalgic in doing so. And I was right! I feel a tightness in my chest just by remembering the good times we had there. God, I miss that place- terribly!
Here in Phuket we've done a lot of relaxing...and eating. I don't think I've ever eaten so much noodles, Phad Thai and sticky rice (with mango) in my life. The food here is so incredibly delicious (although sometimes, a wee bit spicy) that it's hard not to try everything in the menu. Trust me, I have 2 extra pounds to prove it and we still have a number of days to go!
Although visiting Paris and Bangkok was absolutely magical and fantastic, I have to say that I haven't felt "on vacation" until we arrived in Phuket 3 days ago. Being near the ocean relaxes me and helps me forget of all the stress and problems that await us back home. I finally feel detached from the hectic "city life" and have given in to a more laid-back island lifestyle - at least for a week.
So far, Thailand has been amazing! The Thai hospitality really has to be one of the best in the world. Everyone is so nice, warm and welcoming, you never want to leave. Our second day in Bangkok was a hectic one. Since Bangkok is a very busy city, getting around can be pretty overwhelming - particularly when it's 90 degrees and extremely humid outside. In order to avoid any inconvenience, my husband and I booked a personal driver through our hotel to take us around the "must-see" temples within the city.