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RinR: Amazon – Day 3 – Or the One with the Sloth


It was a Tuesday. October 13. I can probably start referring to dates before this day as BS, Before Sloth. Everything after will henceforth be known as MS, or Missing Sloth. Until we are reunited in the afterlife. But I'm getting... Continue Reading →

RinR: Amazon – Day 2 – Jungles, Piranhas, Shamans, oh my!


Let's take a minute to talk about our guide: The man, the myth, the legend, the self-proclaimed shaman Samir. Our very first night, my companions went to bed, but I decided to hang out at the shack and get the... Continue Reading →

RinR: Amazon – Day 1 – Getting there


After deciding to blog about my incredible packing skills, that 4am wake up call came just as early as I thought it would...I'm that cheap gung-ho kind of traveler that will take flights at ridiculous hours figuring I will just sleep... Continue Reading →

RinR: How to (probably not) Pack for the Amazon


I am leaving for the airport in less than four hours. I have had all day to pack for my trip to the Amazon. So I was obviously very productive and focused. For starters, despite going to bed at 3am... Continue Reading →

RinR: t g i f


Four hours with children, a few hours in staff meeting about the children, and then I don't know what you'll be on, but I'LL BE ON VACAAAATIONNNNN!!!!!! Praise Jesus for the speed with which this first quarter has flown by.... Continue Reading →

Gringa Diaries: Malbec and Mendoza


One of Ryann’s dreams that happily provided the impetus of further travel in Argentina was to drink copious amounts of Malbec wine (her fav) in Mendoza (where it's from). We looked on a map, looked up flight prices and bus... Continue Reading →

Gringa Diaries: Balling in BA


After turning Ry's brain to mush through a carefully calculated package plan of sun, drinks, sand, and a diet consisting solely of meat/cheese/starch, and no hurries, no worries here in Rio, we boarded a plane to Buenos Aires. Fun fact... Continue Reading →

RinR: I Tour Guide Real Good


We live in a changing world - my first big trip through Europe I was scrambling for Euros whenever I spotted an internet cafe to quickly write error-laden emails home (due to whatever language keyboard quirks I was dealing with)... Continue Reading →

R2R: A million miles, in the mud, UPhill, BOTH ways . . .


This weekend I went on my first backpacking trip in Brazil. It was something I had signed up for in September, when everything sounds like a good idea. The trip was postponed, and rescheduled, and then it was rainy season,... Continue Reading →

R2R: thankful


maybe the best part about any job are the unspoken parts. the bits that aren't explicitly written into your contract. the subtext you create. for me - I am thankful for the many times each day I am reminded what... Continue Reading →

RinR: Earning the Nickname


I'm in my thirties now. My half birthday (I celebrate things like that. I know you're not surprised.) was on Monday. I was 30, but now I'm also that and in my thirties. This week also marked another important anniversary... Continue Reading →

RacheltoRio: What I Take With Me and What I Might Find There


"What are you bringing with you?!" is one of the first things people ask when they find out I'm leaving the country for a few years. I only have 15 days left to figure this out. And we all know how good... Continue Reading →

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