Living & working in Brazil as foreign service family: Our fifth month.

15 Dec

After being in La Paz, Bolivia for the past 2 years, we followed our hearts [and our assignment!] to Brasilia, capital of Brazil. Before I go any further, my blogsphere apologies for the hiatus – being a full-time mom of 3 children, one not yet at school age, who have decided to [re] join the wonderful PEPFAR team, working 40+ hours outside the house, life’s still good.

We’ve adjusted quite well, I’d say. Kids are pretty satisfied with the school; weekend have been crowned with social events, ranging from previously arranged and impromptu play dates, to barbecues at friends’ homes, to endless trips to the grocery store.


For the average ‘ trailing family’, we seem to be doing well. With all that said, I believe I can get back into blogging, updating family and friends on our whereabouts….

Work has me traveling quite a bit, which could be seen as exciting, but nevertheless, requiring excelling logistics skills, and a state-of-the-art household managing plan! 🙂 One of my work trips brought the whole family to Rio… and how? Well, October is Children’s Month in Brazil. And because of that, one of the airline companies was flying kids for free. Taking advantage of the Columbus Day holiday, we packed our bags, and went to the Cidade Maravilhosa. This post showcases a few images from our visit.


*. Parque Lage

“Parque Enrique Lage” is a public park in the city of Rio De Janeiro, located in the Jardim Botânico neighborhood at the foot of the Corcovado.

The atrium of the mansion, has a lovely café, enjoyed by families and tourists.

The land was formerly the residence of industrialist Enrique Lage and his wife. During the 1920s Lage had the mansion remodeled by Italian architect Mario Vodrel, with interior paintings by Salvador Payols Sabaté.


In the 1960s the land became a public park, with walking trails through subtropical forest. The Escola de Artes Visuais do Parque Lage (Visual Arts School of Parque Lage) and a café open to the public operate from the former mansion.


*. Meeting up with friends in Leblon…. nothing like taking a pic at a bus stop in Rio… so classy!!! 🙂


*. A quick stop at the Girl from Ipanema Bar… the so famous corner where Vinicius de Moraes and Tom Jobim complosed the long-loved poem to the eternal beach-tanned beauty…


*. …on our way to the beach!


*. Moving on…. Looking at the city from the shoulders of Christ the Redeemer – Nothing like enjoying the view from the “Cristo”!


*. And finally… The Ipanema Hippie Fair… got get there to understand it’s size, dimension and unique flavors & colors!


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10 responses to “Living & working in Brazil as foreign service family: Our fifth month.

  1. Cherise

    January 10, 2015 at 4:07 am

    Rio De Janeiro looks beautiful. When is best time to visit?


  2. Kat at travelgardeneat

    December 16, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Life is full, life is good! Glad to see the update, and have a wonderful holiday!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      December 16, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you very much, Kat! Happy holidays, and warmest wishes for a fantastic New Year!


  3. Janet Eckman

    December 15, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Oh, how I’ve missed your blog!!! So glad you are back producing these wonderful memories. You all look fabulous, the kids are growing like weeds. Precious. Thank you and be safe! Love, Janet & Ed


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      December 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm

      Thank you so much, Janet! Life has been full, chaotic, and yet, wonderful! Miss you all, and I hope our card makes it to your lovely home! Hugs, Los Mirandas.


  4. boliviainmyeyes

    December 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    I wonder if you miss Bolivia, living in such beautiful place? I would love to hear about similarities and differences between two countries! Best wishes!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      December 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      I do miss it… Very much indeed… but we gotta keep moving…thanks for stopping by, and wishes for a great and successful 2015!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Lucid Gypsy

    December 15, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    How wonderful to see you!


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      December 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you very much, Gilly! Happy holidays, and a peaceful New Year!



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