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May 02, 2009



Hunny, where do you live? Your neighborhood in Rio is certainly very very different from mine, hahaha. Is it in zona sul? It seems fun in a freaky way though.


I live in Rio too btw. Just to clarify. I just don't usually see that many odd things around me, haha.

Ernest Barteldes

The same thing happened when I left Fortaleza for New York. I was plagued by the "When are you coming back" questions, and the same thing happens every time
I visit --- which will happen next week


These last days must be bittersweet to you. I really don't have anything intelligent to say, just that I can imagine how you're feeling, since I moved from my homecountry (Finland) to Spain (permanently) 5 years ago and still have very fresh in the mind the mixed feelings that such a big change brings around. ánimo :)

Raiane Amorim

Are you sad? Now, I am kinda freaking out that I am leaving L.A. We are doing so the opposite thing but I am sure it kinda feels the same... I am going from Los Angeles (more like Rio) and going to Sao Paulo (more like NY). I have a huge list of things I want to do before July comes but I am sure I won't be able to do everything... especially in this economy. Blah!!!! I would stay here if I could but I can't. I have to go back home and start my career and my life and I am sure it's the same for you. So, good luck in NY and I am sure you will be fine... NY is amazing anyway!!!!!!! I am more worried about me hahaha Sao Paulo is such a difficult city to live. I love it and hate it at the same time.
Anyway... have a safe trip! And keep posting cuz I really like your blog.

Thaddeus Blanchette

The trick (at least what's always worked for me) is to never miss the place I'm NOT. When I need to make a move, for whatever reason, I'm always feeling down about how much I'll miss the place I am. But when I get to where I'm going, that changes. Then I start thinking about how much I'll miss THAT place when I leave it.

(See? Didn't have to use "saudades" once - though it'd definitely be the hip, wise gringo thing to do.)

Have a good trip Rachel and hope to see you back here soon.


"When are you coming back" is a question people never stop asking. I've been in Canada for almost 2 years now, and every time I talk to my friends in Brazil they make me that question. It seems that they don't believe me when I say that I'm not coming back.
Here in Canada local people ask me the same "When are you coming back to Brazil on vacation?".


I've already seen the bouncing gay guy in Voluntários da Pátria. Downright bizarre... I wouldn't be shocked if I had seen him doing it in Copacabana, where anything is possible.

mallory elise

so you're not going back to Rio this time? or is this just another "break" ?


Hey Rachel, I don`t know if you remember me... the first time I accessed your blog was while I was living in Australia in the beginning of last year. I am Carioca btw.

Well after living 2 years in Australia I moved to Brazil with my Australian husband in June 2008, we both got jobs, rent an apartment, we were all settled... we would stay here for a while, but... Now, after one year here, we decided to go back to live in Australia. Brazil is an amazing country but one thing is spend a few days here - another very different is to LIVE here.

Unfortunately Rio is not a friendly city. Yes, that's true. Too crowded, too expensive, not many work opportunities, way too many favelas... With almost 30 years old, I started to think about building something, buying a house, having a family, but here is way too expensive for that. So I understand how you feel now... but truly? Maybe that is the best decision. It is getting harder and harder to have a decent life in Rio. Or you make a lot of money, or you will have a hard life - nothing ion between. And NY is pretty close, you can visit Rio many times in the future...

But Rio, for me, is like that old saying "Por fora, bela viola. Por dentro, pão bolorento"

My 2 cents :-)

Good luck on your next steps!

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