I Spy: The Christmas Tree in Lagoa

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Another ABSOLUT ad. It’s older but I wanted to share because I think it’s beautiful (I know I’ve been a bad blogger lately, forgive me. Hope you’re all well. All is good with me)

ABSOLUT ad.

I’m Still Here

I wanted to let you all know that even though my posts have slowed, I am still here and alive and well. My life has become a little busier in ways and I fear that Brasil! par mim…has suffered a little because of that. I apologize.

There’s not much to report about my personal life here, although the beginning of this month did mark one year that I’ve been in Brazil. I have no annual summary of events really. At times days, weeks and months seemed to pass quickly and at others the minutes seemed to tick by in a painfully slow manner. Most importantly, I really have no idea what I’ve learned. Sometimes I feel that things like that, are hard to discern while you’re still experiencing them or maybe that the further in you get, the more you lose sight of other experiences to compare the new ones with properly. A friend of mine wrote on a Facebook post of mine, that it must be a surreal to me to be living in Brazil. I responded that the surreal had become increasingly more real but that it was still a fascinating and beautiful place to live. Actually, I suppose that can be my one year anniversary summary.

Other than that, there is a cat in heat somewhere in my neighborhood who mews all night long. At times when its windy, like tonight, she sounds like a tiny tin horn blaring. The wind also causes a palm tree to rub against the roof of the garage and I swear it sounds like an older printer. At first, I thought it was someone doing some excessive printing, which made perfect sense to me given how many times it seems necessary to have to things printed out in duplicate or triplicate in this country. It made me think of the movie Black Orpheus and the part where he goes in search of the girl. He’s in an office building at one point and there papers everywhere. They’re in the hallways in stacks in row upon row. Many lose sheets are tossed about by the wind. Its confusing and seems like an utterly hopeless search and sometimes, I see this as an accurate portrayal of dealing with Brazilian bureaucracy.

That’s all.

Hopefully I’ll be back again sooner rather than later.

Brasil! Pra Mim… is One!

One year ago today I started this blog and a lot has happened during that time. Thank you all for reading, following, commenting and supporting me along the way. It’s been a gas.

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Hopefully more years to come!

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July to Americans and American expats everywhere!
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There are fireworks going off in the distance but I suspect they’re for a soccer game, as usual.

Facebook

Just a friendly reminder that Brasil! Pra mim… has a Facebook page. There’s more of my stuff there and things you won’t find here. Check it out, please, if you get a chance.

New Attittude

As you may have noticed, Brasil! Par mim… has a new look.

I spent most of yesterday afternoon fiddling with different themes and settings until I decided to go with this one. I apologize if that caused extra messages, notifications or confusion.

Hope you all like it. Let know me.

Expat Help: Americans Voting Abroad

First, in light of yesterday’s post I’d like to say that Brasil! Pra mim is full of s……

(No, not that! Well, maybe at times)

s…solely my observations in Brasil and that includes opinions. Unfortunately and fortunately at times, I’ve never been shy when expressing them. However, I know I’m not the only person in the world.

I respect and often think it’s fascinatingly beautiful (and, let’s be honest, at times frustrating) that we all have different views. Hopefully though, by sharing them and listening with respect to other’s concerns/needs we all get a broader perspective…

A little wiggle room for growth and changes is important too. I should tell you all, that I attended a Bob Dole rally as a freshman in high school and it was totally the highlight of my year.

Moving on, yesterday I ended the post by asking if anyone knew how I could help with the upcoming US Presidental Election from here in Brazil. With a chorus of crickets cheering me on, I went hunting by my lonesome on the interwebs for answers.

Here’s what I’ve found so far:

Republicans Abroad
– This is, in all fairness, a really well done website. It’s easy to navigate with a clean design. Beautifully organized so there’s no clutter to wade and click through to get to what you need.

There are links to your local chapters, news, radio, ways to contribute and the Voting from Overseas Section has nine bulleted clickable subsections which include; state by state voting
and updates, voter registration websites, voter registration deadlines, education of voting and party platforms. There’s also a calendar.

Seriously, this is a pretty impressive site.

Democrats Abroad– You can register to vote and get your ballots here. There are talking points, news and ways to contribute.

Also the are individual state pages…because these elections are for more than just the President.

Doh!
I should have watched the Wasserman Schultz video before posting. There is also this- Vote from Abroad…”revised and re-launched”.

Ok, so that’s all I’ve learned so far. I’ll keep you all updated as I find out more. Also, again if you should find something that might be helpful to me or other American expats…. or other expats from around the globe, please feel free to share. Thank you.

Obama 2012

It’s official, I’m in!

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you have probably noticed drips from my liberal bleeding heart partially saturating my posts but you might also have taken note that I’ve had several issues with some of the Obama administration’s policies (it should be single payer, universal healthcare for one).

Well, something happened today that brought me to happy tears.

Obama Says Same-Sex Marriage Should be Legal

“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”- President Obama

I didn’t think he’d do it preelection,if at all, but thankfully he proved me wrong.

Thank you Mr. President. I’m in.

If anyone knows of a Demorcratic group of American expats in Rio or the surrounding area or any way I can help from here, please let me know. Thank you.

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