Rio de Janeiro on a Shoestring

By Kay Rodriguez | March 24, 2015

Imagine sun tanned beach-goers sipping on cool coconuts, striking rock formations, and dazzling spectacles of music and dance… All of these things exist in one incredible city – Rio de Janeiro. There’s a reason they call it the Marvelous City! Of course, you’ve probably seen tons of photos of Rio on TV or online and […]

How to Explore Carnaval in Brazil

By Kay Rodriguez | February 2, 2015

One beautiful, sunny afternoon in Rio, I was listening to my professor drone on and on about something I didn’t understand and looking out the window when a brilliant idea popped into my head: What if I decided to jump on a bus to another city for the weekend? As my professor’s words slowly drowned […]

Journeying Through Brazil By Bus

By Kay Rodriguez | August 13, 2014

When I began planning my solo adventure around Northeast Brazil, everyone I knew expressed their concerns of me, a non-Brazilian, petite female, traveling alone in one of the most dangerous areas of the country. Despite being known for its drug-related violence and corruption, the Brazilian Nordeste is one of the cultural centers of the country, […]

Language Learning On A Time Crunch

By Kay Rodriguez | July 13, 2014

It’s easy to see that the best way to explore a place is if you know the language and communicate with people there. However, language learning can be a tricky task, especially for those who have never learned one before. When living in Brazil, I had one month to learn Portuguese before taking my study […]

Mythbusting Brazil

By Kay Rodriguez | April 28, 2014

What do you think of when you hear Brazil? Sparkling, sandy beaches and giant rock formations might come to mind, or an image of the giant Christ statue towering over the city of Rio de Janeiro. Maybe you think of women (and men) in tiny swimsuits and the grandiose costumes of Carnaval. Perhaps you’re thinking […]

Off the Beaten Path: Exploring Outside The City of Rio de Janeiro

By Guest Poster | March 11, 2010

Often when people think of Brazil, their first thoughts are of Rio de Janeiro and its beaches. But to those tired of what Rio, or just wishing to skip the hype of the big city, fear not for there are alternatives. The state of Rio de Janeiro offers a variety of outlets depending on what […]