Moving: Departing Brazil, heading to Cuba!

We’re officially Havana-bound, now… Our HouseHold Effects [HHE] and the Unaccompanied Air Baggage [UAB] will soon be on their way to our next Post Assignment! View this post on Instagram Expired Passports 🗺🛫 Organizing our lives for Departure-of-Post… 🤗 Chega até a dar preguiça de começar! #Packing #TCK #WorldCitizen #Multicultural #expat #travel #thirdculture #passaporte #serialtraveler … Continue reading “Moving: Departing Brazil, heading to Cuba!”

Celebrating Mother’s Day in a very ‘Brazilian Cerrado’ style – hiking to the Itiquira Waterfalls!

It’s about a 2 hour drive from Brasilia, in order to get to the waterfall, but it is definitely worth the trek![as described by Giddyforpoints, on First2Board – thank you for sharing! View this post on Instagram #RealLove 😎 🎵🎶🎶🎵🎼🎵🎶♩ Our family Buick trailing the #4×4 #Jeep #Bandeirante towards #Itiquira #dustyroad #video #offroad #cerrado #wikitrilhas … Continue reading “Celebrating Mother’s Day in a very ‘Brazilian Cerrado’ style – hiking to the Itiquira Waterfalls!”

Sunset Sky in Brasilia, Brazil [video]

View this post on Instagram Our end-of-the-day commute to soccer practice. 🏃⚽ Sky looked amazing today! Yes, I'm the one taking the #video. And no, I was not the one #driving. 😎😉 #passengerseat #sunset #pordosol #ceu #sky #magentasky #landscape #ceudebrasilia #Outono #FallSeason #bridgecrossing #LagoSul #Brasilia #Brazil #Arena #soccer #futebol #ISACapitals @ceuomardebrasilia A post shared by … Continue reading “Sunset Sky in Brasilia, Brazil [video]“

Showing life in Brazil to our American family members!

The eldest member of our US-based Miranda Family, comes to Brasilia! Or, as the kids like to call him, their ‘Abuelito’ 🙂 Here, joining the kids for some well-deserved Easter Egg Hunt fun, organized for the US Embassy community: View this post on Instagram 265 family members!💚💙💜 Thanks to the #USEmbassy CLO staff for such … Continue reading “Showing life in Brazil to our American family members!”

Snapshots of our little expat life in Brazil…

View this post on Instagram #voucomaRelp #noparents #travel #TCK #beach #capoeira #canoeing #ProjetoTamar #marineturtle #Bahia #school #ecotourism #nature #naturehub A post shared by 👩🏼‍🔧🕵️‍♂️🏃🏻‍♂️🧘🏼‍♀️🧜🏻‍♀️👨🏼‍🦳 (@expatmomof3) on Apr 6, 2017 at 12:44pm PDT View this post on Instagram Back to #reality #worktrip My day in 40secs… 😅 #Brasília ➡Rio ➡Brasília 🛫same day 🛬 Up @4am, watched … Continue reading “Snapshots of our little expat life in Brazil…”

A family affair. Snapshots of our first 2017 travels: Ouro Preto (UNESCO Heritage Site), Mariana (mining town) & Inhotim (largest open air museum of contemporary art), Minas Gerais, Brazil

View this post on Instagram Metaphor of motherhood, 2017: "Seeing them climb up thru life on their on, and like any mother, I'm dying a thousand deaths, while silently witnessing their success"… I'm proud. And I'm also shameless. 🤗 I'll try to become the best mother my children could expect. I pledge to raise independent … Continue reading “A family affair. Snapshots of our first 2017 travels: Ouro Preto (UNESCO Heritage Site), Mariana (mining town) & Inhotim (largest open air museum of contemporary art), Minas Gerais, Brazil”

Getting ready for the Greatest Brazilian Beer Festival – Oktoberfest of Blumenau!

And, the Lima Miranda Clan is getting ready for another cultural trip. The second largest Oktoberfest happens some 6,000 miles away from Munich… in Blumenau, Santa Catarina, Southern Brazil – exactly where these ‘travel-addicts’ are going! This time, it will be a celebratory trip for the husband and I, a token towards our 13th wedding anniversary … Continue reading “Getting ready for the Greatest Brazilian Beer Festival – Oktoberfest of Blumenau!”

Interview for the ExpatFinder.com: An American-Brazilian in Brasilia

Thank you for the expert folks at Expat Finder for publishing the interview! Please find complete text below: 14 September 2016  \We’ve had the chance to talk to Raquel Miranda, 44, a Brazilian-American expat who has moved to Brazil with her family. Mrs. Miranda who has been living there for two years now works as … Continue reading “Interview for the ExpatFinder.com: An American-Brazilian in Brasilia”

Lit by human heat, Paralympic torch will visit six cities representing each region of Brazil

  Reposted from the Paralympic Press, Brazil: ·         Paralympic Flame will be formed by the union of the flames lit at Brasília, Belém, Natal, São Paulo, Joinville, Rio de Janeiro and Stoke Mandeville, in England. ·         People from all over the world may send human warmth through social networks to light up the flames in … Continue reading “Lit by human heat, Paralympic torch will visit six cities representing each region of Brazil”

The 2016 Olympics in Brazil, by the Lima Mirandas!

Greetings from Brasilia! Well, the Olympic Games have come to Brazil… and our family has been very fortunate to have been part of these magnificent events. Obviously, not the easiest task for our host country, but nevertheless, a pretty enjoyable experience. How beautiful is the main host city, Rio de Janeiro? Here are a few … Continue reading “The 2016 Olympics in Brazil, by the Lima Mirandas!”

Sad, sad times for Brazil… The country tumbles… the unfortunate House of Cards…

Not much of a “talk-about-politics” person. In fact, not at all. Recent events have made me change the way things are perceived. Frustration and dispair have left a dark cloud over this country’s unique lanscape…my frustration has kept in silence, a wise choice in times like these. The social media covering the recent events has … Continue reading “Sad, sad times for Brazil… The country tumbles… the unfortunate House of Cards…”

Blogging hiatus – foreign service life, work and love: Brazil in times of Zika

This is not a real post, at least, not per se. But I felt like I needed to have something out there. The Lima-Miranda Family is still is Brasilia, Brazil. Enjoying live, working like crazy, traveling [for work and just not enough for leisure…], keeping friends close and ensuring the Little Miranda kiddos are being … Continue reading “Blogging hiatus – foreign service life, work and love: Brazil in times of Zika”

Snapshot of Inter-embassies soccer tournament, Brazil – May 2015.

Glad to see my “big child” displaying a healthy return, playing with his team mates. Very proud to see our son following his dad’s footsteps. Literally!

[Photography] 52 Thursdays in Brasília, Brazil: Week 2

The center of Brasília, capital of Brazil. The very own way I see [and feel!] it. With its constructions, architecture, the unique concrete jungle I’ve had the pleasure to grow up in… and now, back in time, 20 years later, have the opportunity to be part of its work force… A few snapshots of Brasília’s commercial … Continue reading “[Photography] 52 Thursdays in Brasília, Brazil: Week 2”

[Photography] 52 Thursdays in Brasília, Brazil: Week 1

Happy New Year to all of us! Starting a new series of snapshots: 52 Thursdays in Brasília, Brazil. And maybe, here and there, due to [required] work or [fun] family trips, we could be sharing a snapshot from a location outside Brazil’s capital… who knows? For now, like many others, we’ll try to begin the … Continue reading “[Photography] 52 Thursdays in Brasília, Brazil: Week 1”

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

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 … Continue reading “Living & working in Brazil as foreign service family: Our fifth month.”

Getting ready for Carnaval: Making food from Brazil!

Keeping this little tradition: Holidays, talk about food. This weekend, it’ll be no different. Bolivia also celebrates Carnaval, and kids are off school, for a grand total of 5 days… (!). Work will also be off, for Monday and Fat Tuesday – the best thing to do? Get together with friends, and plan fantastic meals! … Continue reading “Getting ready for Carnaval: Making food from Brazil!”

“Lost in Time”: Flora of the Jericoacoara National Park, Brazil

Walks along the beach coast are one of the best ways to temporarily, leave reality, trading urban stressful images for exquisite coastline sites, immersing into natural beauty… Here are a few examples of nature’s hand, samples of the flora collection observed during one of our walks along the Monte Serrote, located at the National Park Jericoacoara (environmentally protected area, APA). Typical flora representatives are Caatinga and Cerrado.

Picture the World Project: Representing Brazil!

Four months have gone since we left Brazil…

A short stop for a well-deserved home-leave with family, and, now, we’ve been at our newest post/assignment for almost 3 months… Memories for our departure from Brazil? Many, but this post summarizes it. Four months ago, this photo was chosen to represent Brazil, and its unique landscape. Here is the original post. Enjoy…

Photography: B&W dads for Brazilian Father’s Day

  In Brazil, Father’s Day is honored during the second Sunday of August, and it’s common to have the celebrations throughout the whole weekend, offering parents and children an opportunity to enjoy each other’s company at length. In honor of Brazilian Father’s Day, here are a few black and white images of the important fathers … Continue reading “Photography: B&W dads for Brazilian Father’s Day”

Picture the World Project: Brazil!

Picture The World Project, BrazilPosted on July 3rd, 2012 Photo by 3rdCultureChildren I am so honored to be nominated to offer a photo from my collection to represent Brazil. What to choose from? I went with nature – one of the most beautiful beaches my ´Brazilian eyes´ have ever seen! The picture chosen a unique … Continue reading “Picture the World Project: Brazil!”

Peace & Love, Fashion & Faces: ‘Goodbye Brazil’ in style!

              And the series of “despedidas”(goodbyes) continues in Recife, Brazil, as our family gets ready to depart from post… Fashionable people and colorful memories celebrated this bittersweet moment! Related articles Saying ‘Goodbye Brazil’ in style! (3rdculturechildren.com) Why “3rd Culture Children?” (myspanishtranslator.wordpress.com) The sunset he’s headed to… (3rdculturechildren.com) Weekly Photo … Continue reading “Peace & Love, Fashion & Faces: ‘Goodbye Brazil’ in style!”

Lights, Color & Music: Saying ‘Goodbye Brazil’ in style!

♣ As we’d promised, here is more: psychedelic colors, light and great music to a stylish send-off! 😮 DJ Danilo Coelho & Decór Master Carlos Alberto Santos Related articles Saying ‘Goodbye Brazil’ in style! (3rdculturechildren.com) Brazil means more fashion than we can imagine (onlinefunland.wordpress.com)

Paraíba, home of the Brazilian blue tourmaline, encloses the Easternmost point of the Americas

Family day trip to Cabo Branco, in the State of Paraíba. Hidden in one of the Norteastern Brazilian states, it’s possible to discover this ‘gem‘, the geographic place, corresponding to a cape on the Atlantic coast of Paraíba state, which forms the easternmost point of the American continent, five miles southeast of João Pessoa, the state capital. It is surrounded by beautiful white sand … Continue reading “Paraíba, home of the Brazilian blue tourmaline, encloses the Easternmost point of the Americas”

Family & Friends at Carneiros Beach, Pernambuco, Brazil.

Waving along the Southern Coast of Pernambuco, Carneiros Beach (“Praia dos Carneiros”) discreetly possesses all the requirements to become a paradise. Sea of calm and crystal clear waters in shades of blue, palm trees, coral reefs and even a river that ends into the ocean. Likely, our last weekend at the beach in Brazil, surrounded … Continue reading “Family & Friends at Carneiros Beach, Pernambuco, Brazil.”

Collecting Brazilian states: the mystic city of Juazeiro do Norte

 Brazil is famous for its ´mystic´places… Some believe, some others, don´t… Another well-know ´mystic place´ is the country´s capital – at least, unique on its beauty and touristic sights… Believing or not, all the sites are great for visiting, and for learning about culture, tradition and stories… From Recife, Pernambuco To Juazeiro do Norte, Ceara, … Continue reading “Collecting Brazilian states: the mystic city of Juazeiro do Norte”

Greenpeace in Brazil. Visiting the Rainbow Warrior Ship.

The Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior is in Brazil. We had the opportunity to go on a guided visit through its compartments, talk with the captain, and learn more about the current projects involving the Greenpeace Initiative and Brazilian NGOs. The visit also included the solar kitchen installations and the solar panels.   Related articles Rainbow … Continue reading “Greenpeace in Brazil. Visiting the Rainbow Warrior Ship.”

Sustainable energy in Brazil: Wind Power Park in the Northeast.

Today I decided to have fun writing, revisiting my long-lost past in research and natural sciences, as well as, a result of the ongoing inspiration (or should I call it “daily challenges”? :o) my current Physical Science students offer… The topic I chose to revisit, showcases one of the family’s trips to Natal, Rio Grande … Continue reading “Sustainable energy in Brazil: Wind Power Park in the Northeast.”

Update: Taking antique photographs in the streets of Olinda, Brazil.

We’re on countdown mode. Soon, our family’ll be heading out of Recife, towards our new assignment… Now, it’s time to organize our photos, and begin sorting to the memories we’ve built during our time here. One of our favorites, the city of Olinda, another UNESCO heritage site… Any traveller loves to take pictures! We are … Continue reading “Update: Taking antique photographs in the streets of Olinda, Brazil.”

Snapshots of blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus), from northeastern Brazil.

There has been an ongoing interest in blue crab fisheries in the northeast of Brazil since the 1960’s, when the state of Alagoas recorded an average annual yield of 57 tons. Being a Biologist and a teacher, I became curious to find out a bit more of this intriguing wild population…  official or unofficial literature on … Continue reading “Snapshots of blue crabs (Callinectes sapidus), from northeastern Brazil.”

750 days in country: Giving a hand to expats in Brazil (tips from The Expat Blog Project).

Sharing great tips from a friend, Julien, from the Expat Blog Project, who, driven by her passion for discovering new cultures, and herself being an expatriate for several years, launched the Expat Blog project seven years ago. Her goal is to gather all the expatriates’ blogs throughout the world on a unique platform. Expat blog … Continue reading “750 days in country: Giving a hand to expats in Brazil (tips from The Expat Blog Project).”

The Emperor’s Bridge, Old Town Recife, Brazil

Images captured during one of our visits to downtown Recife – historical “Recife Antigo”… Ponte do Imperador (“Emperor’s Bridge”), an example of the several cultural footprints from the old Portuguese days in Brazil…

Quick look at Aracaju, capital of Brazil’s smallest state.

Aracaju is the capital of Sergipe, one of the Northeastern States of Brazil, and coincidently, the smallest one, but nonetheless, full of history and beautiful touristic sites. Previously, we posted about Sergipe’s first capital, São Cristovão, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Now, a few images from the state’s current capital:  Aracaju, is an example of the … Continue reading “Quick look at Aracaju, capital of Brazil’s smallest state.”

São Cristóvão, the fourth oldest city in Brazil.

  The city of São Cristóvão is located 25 km from Aracaju, capital of Sergipe, another northeastern state of Brazil, and the Praça de São Francisco (shown here) is the reason why the site is a holder of a World Heritage title. The cobblestones are originally from the Philippines, and it’s the only city in … Continue reading “São Cristóvão, the fourth oldest city in Brazil.”

The ‘post-supermoon’, May 7th 2012, Brazil.

I have to confess: I was a bit disappointed with the whole ‘lack of a glorious super moon‘ this past May 5th… Where was it?? At least,  from my very own point of view. Last year we got amazing views and unique snapshots from La Luna, but this year… not so much. Last night, after … Continue reading “The ‘post-supermoon’, May 7th 2012, Brazil.”

“Deep within a forest… exists an extraordinary world… where something else is possible… called Varekai…” Snapshots from Cirque du Solei in Brazil.

“From the sky falls a solitary young man, and the story of Varekai begins. Parachuted into the shadows of a magical forest, a kaleidoscopic world populated by fantastical creatures, this young man sets off on an adventure both absurd and extraordinary. On this day at the edge of time, in this place of all possibilities, begins … Continue reading ““Deep within a forest… exists an extraordinary world… where something else is possible… called Varekai…” Snapshots from Cirque du Solei in Brazil.”

Snapshots from indigenous culture in Pernambuco, Brazil: arts and crafts of the Fulni-ô tribe

Today, April 19th, Brazil celebrates the National Indian Day. In Pernambuco, the state of Brazil we’re currently calling ‘home’, there are still a few indigenous tribes – and most important of all, some of them still keep their native language, like the ones featured here. The most common indigenous tribes in Pernambuco are: the Xucuru, the Fulni-ô, the … Continue reading “Snapshots from indigenous culture in Pernambuco, Brazil: arts and crafts of the Fulni-ô tribe”

Day 625 in Brazil: More resources to entertain our children [and avoid going crazy!]

Being a parent/caretaker requires lots of diplomacy, negotiation, peacekeeping, policy implementation and strategy skills. That said, managing a household, its respective juvenile population and the consequent budgetary implications, is a… HUGE, EXPERIMENTAL and UNFORESEEN task! There is a never-ending need to keep kids and parents sane (as much as possible!). Family outings require loads of planning and logistics management – even if … Continue reading “Day 625 in Brazil: More resources to entertain our children [and avoid going crazy!]”

Snapshots from the Shark Museum, Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, Brazil

This post was promised a long time ago…It’s already been a month we came back from the archipelago, and finally, got through the last photos – the last two posts, a bit on the “scientific side”, but still, very enjoyable. Sharks and Marine investigation. Today, it’s all about the sharks. Backstory: Just like the Atlantis, Fernando de … Continue reading “Snapshots from the Shark Museum, Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, Brazil”

Gardens and Sculptures at the Brennand Museum, Brazil

This is the second part of our visit to the Brennand Institute in Recife, Brazil, which encompasses museum and castle. The theme for this last post covers the beautiful and pristine gardens surrounding the Institute, as well as the sculptures garden, and the sculptures throughout the museum. Again, all collections longtime cared by Mr Ricardo … Continue reading “Gardens and Sculptures at the Brennand Museum, Brazil”