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Rachel in Rio: Too Tired for a Title


i feel like im in an experiment to discover how much snot the human body can produce. or how much tea the human body can consume in one day. the sweet nectar of dayquil and nyquil are taking me back... Continue Reading →

RinR: Tchau for now.


Ah, that sweet 'end of the school year' exhaustion point we have hit as teachers, where I honestly can't remember what day it actually is, only how many days until I'm on summer break. Where at any point after 2pm you... Continue Reading →

RinR: Living the Dream


Highlights of the week: Today I asked cute munchkin Julia to count from 1-10 for me. She paused and then said "MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday." Also, I was helping a student who, God bless his heart, has been exposed to four languages and has a host of... Continue Reading →

RinR: Week Without Walls


If I were to change careers (something I think all teachers consider every Monday morning), at the top of the list would be "Karaoke DJ." Beekeeper, baby goat cuddler, and sloth handler are also on the list. But karaoke is something... Continue Reading →

RinR: 500 Days of Rio


Happy anniversary to me! 500 days ago today, I looked at my phone calendar, and it said "move to Rio and rule the world." So after very little sleep, my mom and sisters drove me to the airport in the... Continue Reading →

RinR: thoughts and things


What do you call an old snowman?         Water. Why did Santa's little helper feel sad?           He had low elf esteem. I've got a thing on the side. Yeah. That's right. A... Continue Reading →

RinR: Teaching and Thoughts and Things


I've had a hashtag blessed hashtag challenging pound sign exhausting few weeks of teaching. As it always is, right? The next few weeks are going to be crazy. Even though Brazil doesn't celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving, I still feel it... Continue Reading →

RinR: This Week in Thoughts and Things


So at work the other day, someone asked if they could use the space in my class to dry some things they were painting. "Of course," I said. I came back to find my floor covered with these, no explanation.... Continue Reading →

RinR: Roach Revenge, Hot Biscuits, Snapchat.


It took over a year, but I have finally made the most important decision a brasilera can ever make in her lifetime...yes...I have finally chosen a futebol team. After asking what the colors were and finding a somewhat form-fitting shirt that... Continue Reading →

RinR: thoughts and things


Lifehack: if you are having trouble waking up first thing in the morning, might I suggest a large cockroach in the middle of your room? Gets that blood pumping. To further add to the drama, rendering coffee obsolete, roachie could... Continue Reading →

Ligers and other Highlights of the Year


Today was my last day of my first year teaching in Brazil. This marks my fifth year of teaching, but everything about this year has been different. Here are my top moments and things that I have loved at my new... Continue Reading →

RinR: This Week with no Walls


You might have notice a flurry of photos frolicking afross my facebook dash last feek. It was "Week Without Walls" at my school, where someone who probably has never had to chaperone a field trip decided that Kinder-2nd graders should totally go on field trips for four consecutive days and then top it off with a sleepover at school.

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