28 June 2014

Vacation from my vacation

How many times do you return from a vacation and say, “I need a vacation from my vacation?” Well, if you were on the beach relaxing the whole time, you probably do not need one. But when you are on an intense cultural trip to a place that you have not been before, it can be exhausting.

Brazil – A Reflection

Two weeks ago I left on a 7pm flight for Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup.  It was hard to know what Brazil would be like based on all of the media coverage, mostly negative, that was leading up to such a big event in a country that is struggling on so many levels.  […]

Because I like their beer

Today was my last full day in Brazil.  It has been an amazing trip and I ended it on a high note by attending the World Cup match between Belgium and Algeria.  The day was very different from the Saturday match between Colombia and Greece when the Colombians invaded the Mineirao stadium and there was […]

USA-Ghana, digging deep

In Belo Horizonte today most people did not even know the USA was playing a match against Ghana until there was a game on the television sets in every bar.  As we left this morning on a day trip to explore the mining state of Minas Gerais, the game was always on my mind.  The […]

Inhotim, a natural hallucinogen

In Brumadinho, outside of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, is a place that is beautiful and hallucinogenic.  It is a combination of too many Jimi Hendrix experiences on Haight Street in San Francisco and the landscape straight out of Jurassic Park.  The location is called Inhotim and it was here that we took a break from the […]

Colombian for a day

It’s game day.  For almost a year I have been waiting for this day.  A bucket list dream of mine is now about to become a reality.  It was a beautiful Saturday morning in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.   It was time to be a Colombian on this World Cup day. I was a little nervous about […]