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Preview from our Southwest USA road trip

Oh, well… since time is a hot commodity during vacation, I will just share here the links with our Instagram images… once time becomes more available, a better writing/blogging job will happen. Thank you!

Husband and I decided to have a joint June-Birthday-Celebration… back to the place we got married, some 14 years ago… lots to #celebrate! #travelwithkids Watching the #sunrise from way up high… Riding in a hot air balloon! Thanks to the awesome flying crew from Rainbow Ryders, we had the safest experience… followed by some well-deserved #champagne drink for the grand finale! #outdoors #hotairballoon #adventure #upintheair #up #extremesport #landofenchantment #travel #rainbowryders #traveler #bucketlist #NewMexico #birthday #loveneverfails #familytravel #traveltips #albuquerquesunrise #ABQ #landscape #photography #earthpix #NMphotographer #ballooning #flying #modoferias @awesomeplaces2k17 #atalantaworld

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Interesting coincidences traveling brings us! My father's first job, at the age of 15, was as an apprentice telegrapher, while leaving at the Brazilian countryside, in Ceara. . . During our morning's visit to the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, our kids got to learn about the challenges and excitement faced by men like their grandad'. Also, the museum is located by the corner of Miranda and Las Cruces… life has crazy ways to surprise us all! #museum #railroad #LasCruces #travelwithkids #welltravelled #telegraph #trainstation #NewMexico #Mesilla #tripadvisor #traveltips #multicultural #travel #vacation #Southwest #oldtown . #memories #photography #history #roadtrip #typewriter #santaferailroad #oldwest #landofenchantment

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Exploring the #SonomaDesert. Last night, returning from watching the fireworks in Morenci, AZ, our kids spotted this #venomous beauty, which was promptly collected by our guesthouse hosts. #giantcentipede A bit of research about the local #environment #biology and natural #wildlife revealed: Scientific Name: Scolopendra heros Giant Red-headed Centipede Giant Arizona Desert Centipede, Giant Black-headed Centipede Scolopendra heros arizonensis Terrestrial invertebrates that live under stones and wood, in crevices, and in litter and soil. They will burrow some, staying underground on warm days and emerging in cloudy weather. They are carnivorous and feed on insects, lizards, frogs, and rodents in the wild. #Arizona #Summer #travel #desert #ecology #photography #outdoors #geekmom #biologist #roadtrip #dangerousanimals #Southwest #traveler #travelwithkids #nature

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National Radio Astronomy Observatory. โœ… Car stop here suggested by the husband (who, as you will see here, apparently can't take a selfie to save his life! ๐Ÿ˜) That suggestion pleased the #geek wife and mother, as well as our '3 aspiring explorers' and the #scientist in-the-making ๐Ÿ˜ƒ #NewMexico โœ…The Very Large Array is the most versatile, widely-used radio telescope in the world. It can map large-scale structure of gas and molecular clouds and pinpoint ejections of plasma from supermassive #blackhole. โœ… It is the worldโ€™s first color camera for #radio #astronomy, thanks to its new suite of receivers and a #supercomputer than can process wide fields of spectral data simultaneously. The VLA is also a high-precision #spacecraft tracker that #NASA and ESA have used to keep tabs on robotic spacecrafts exploring the #SolarSystem. โœ… Each of the VLAโ€™s 28 telescopes (including the one that is a spare) is an 82-foot dish with 8 receivers tucked inside. โœ… The dish moves on an altitude-azimuth mount, what youโ€™ve probably seen as a classic tripod mount: it tilts up and down and spins around. #telescope #verylargearray #VLA #NRAO #desert #science #roadtrip #travel #travelwithkids #Southwest #Vacation #budgettravel #traveltips #serialtraveller #travelwithaninsider @theinvisibleuniverse #signs #vlba #radioastronomy #discovery #photogallery

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America by Air has inspired me to pay more attention while flying on a #windowseat Ha! What are those circles down there? Somewhere between #NewMexico and #Texas The circles are probably caused, according to our flying crew, by irrigation systems. In the center of the circle there is a well and a long pipe suspended by a structure of steel supports on wheels that pivots from the well and moves in a circle around the well, irrigating the ground it reaches. In other words, a large sprinkler system. This is the common way to irrigate out west and other parts of the country, in fairly arid areas where farming would not thrive without it. It's a system that's been used for years. #irrigation #science #technology #flying #travel #serialtraveler #aerialphotography #photography #circles #clouds #frequentflyer #sky #outwest #geometry #travelblogger #photogallery

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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!

Map to Itiquira Falls

Local name: Salto do Itiquira
Location: Formosa, Brazil

The Itiquira Falls is a waterfall in Brazil. They are located 34 kilometers north of Formosa in the state of Goiรกs and 115 kilometers from Brasรญlia on a paved road. The falls have a height of 168 meters, making them possibly the highest accessible waterfall in Brazil and the second highest overall. The falls are formed by the drop of the Itiquira River from the higher central plateau north of Formosa into the deep Paranรก River valley. The waters are unpolluted and a bottling plant is located on the river above the falls. The area is a municipal park and is protected from development. There are tourist facilities outside the park, near the entrance. (source: Wikipedia)

#Itiquira #waterfall #Brazil #Yeti #outdoors #Offroad #wikitrilhas

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Thoughts on our regular ‘socially busy’ weekend…

Thoughts on our regular ‘socially busy’ weekend…

Not much to report… our expat lives on-the-go continue to move according to plan.

We’re, although, entering the countdown mode: family pack-out scheduled for May 22nd; pre-packing, sorting, desperation mode should likely kick in about now ๐Ÿ™‚

So much to do, and yet, not enough time, very common complaint from our fellow Foreign Service friends – it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve done. How many HHEs and UABs your family has separated for packing and shipping; how many pieces of advice other families with school-aged children have been shared with you. Really. You may have moved a dozen times, lived under not-so-easily-adjustable conditions, and yet, you’ll find yourself questioning your life/career decisions – exactly the same way you did during the very first move!

The Stress is Real!

 

Unfortunately, there’s not much that can be done to avoid it. The moment the pre-packing survey takes place, we [always!] come to the realization:

“Why do we keep doing this?” or “Why did I buy this gigantic piece of furniture/decoration/local artistic whatever??”

“Why?”

And the worst part, is the look of disbelieve the movers give you hat very moment:

“WOW! We’ve encountered some strange people in this line of work”… followed by their words of ‘comfort’:

“Don’t worry Sir, we’ve seen worse” ๐Ÿ™‚

All that said, The Mirandas have decided to begin our ‘pre-moving entertaining mode’, a proven strategy to safeguard our healthy intra-family relationships, and our sanity! ๐Ÿ™‚

Here are a few examples of our recent weekend activities [links will take you to the images]:

And… cooking, hostingย and sharing our challenges and lessons learned with friends

Or, taking a break from work! ๐Ÿ™‚

Or even, enjoying uniquely strange moments with like-minded, equally stressed expat folks! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

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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’ ๐Ÿ™‚
Here, joining the kids for some well-deserved Easter Egg Hunt fun, organized for the US Embassy community:

Moving on, we’ve decided to join the Mirandas & the Nogueira Lima families: we all headed up to see the Brazilian part of the family in Fortaleza – taking the American ‘Abuelito’ to go visit the kids’ Brazilian uncles, aunts, cousing and grandparents? All aboard, heading to the Northeastern coast of Brazil for Easter Weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

Boys & Girls ๐Ÿ˜Š ๐Ÿ›ซ #travel #Family #Abuelito ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒด

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Praia com os primos! #travel #Fortaleza #Brazil #praiadofuturo #beach #children #art

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#Familia #Brazil #praia #Children #ChildPortrait #primos #travel

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#Missa #Domingo de #Pascoa ๐Ÿค— #family #Brazil

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Brazil & US Families together!

Back in Brasilia, how about start the weekend fun for our second guest, with some typical feijoada, caipirinhas and tropical fruit juices, while listening to traditional “chorinho” [samba] and Bossa Nova? All by the lake Paranoa side, watching the weekenders riding their boats, jet-skis and kayaks… Table for 16 people, please!

Mesa pra 16! ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿป๐Ÿท #tradicional #feijoada e #caipirinha #BierFassLago #Pontao #vemprobier

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Gotta always save some [physical] energy for joining the US Embassy community during a friendly basketball mini-tournament, right?

Showing our support to the #USMarines #holiday #basketball #tournament #USMC #Brazil

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Mid-afternoon sightseeing… ice-cream, anyone? Even better if it’s sold from a red vintage VW! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sorvete vendido no #fusca! #Brasilia #VWlove #VW #clubefusca #vivapaleteria

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Considering making and keeping healthy friendships [in our case, our expat fellow friends] are the most important part of this ever-changing life, a few images from a night with friends, celebrating life, friendship, birthdays and good food! One of the pictures here is a ‘multi-collage’… guess which!

#Whisky time! E pra quem รฉ do quadradinho: #tesourinha #bloco ๐Ÿ˜†

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#Grilling #kabobs #SouthAfrica #cooking #wine #beerchallenge #ForeignService #Brasilia

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Povo do consulado #Recife invadindo #Brasรญlia! ๐Ÿค—

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What now?? Some family time back at our Lago Sul house, having fun with the little “resident monkeys”? ๐Ÿ™‚ Priceless!

Our little resident monkeys ๐Ÿต๐Ÿ’๐Ÿต๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ’ Impossรญvel, sendo mรฃe e biรณloga, nesta linda tarde de domingo, ver estas criaturinhas no quintal e nรฃo aproveitar o momento com os filhos! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ˜Ž The black-tufted #marmoset (Callithrix penicillata), also known as Mico-estrela in Portuguese, is a species of New World monkey that lives primarily in the Neo-tropical gallery forests of the Brazilian Central Plateau. O MicoEstrela, tambรฉm conhecido sagui-de-tufos-pretos, ou somente sagui, sendo reconhecida como uma espรฉcie de primata do Novo Mundo, pertencente ao gรชnero Callithrix, cuja origem รฉ brasileira. #teachingmoment #backyard #mico #cerrado #faunadocerrado #Brasilia #Brazil #nature #wildlife #video #lagosul @atalantaworld

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Brasilia, our current home, and a city planned to host the coutry’s federal government, is famous for [among other things!]:

a) its unique sky colors & the typical Cerrado vegetation

b) its architectural lines and building structures, its religious/faith-based centers, bringing out a strange, yet passionate urban beauty:

#Sightseeing #Catedral #esplanada #ministerios #museunacional #CongressoNacional #Pieta #ceudebrasilia #Fotografia ๐Ÿ˜Ž #bsbviews

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Snapshots of our little expat life in Brazil…

#voucomaRelp #noparents #travel #TCK #beach #capoeira #canoeing #ProjetoTamar #marineturtle #Bahia #school #ecotourism #nature #naturehub

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Some may think being an expat is hard, living the ever-changing routine, adapting/adjusting as you go…

Some others may find it intriguing, exciting and worth pursuing, despite the constant uncertainty and the last-minute life-changing decisions ones is often faced with.

Our family falls right in the middle. It’s definitely not the easiest lifestyle; nevertheless, worth every bit of it!

๐Ÿ›ซAproveitando a visita do avรด em #Brasรญlia! โค #WorldFest #ilovemyterritory

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Praia com os primos! #travel #Fortaleza #Brazil #praiadofuturo #beach #children #art

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Povo do consulado #Recife invadindo #Brasรญlia! ๐Ÿค—

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#VasoEscarchado Keeping Abuelito entertained ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™ #waitingforfrankie

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Coming back to reality…

Mais uma para a coleรงรฃo de "climbing kids" ๐Ÿ—บ๐Ÿค— #expat #TCK #tbt

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Traveling on a kid-friendly budget: Six days in Uruguay, South America

Want to know more about our family trip to Uruguay, it’s capital, Montevideo, the charming province of Punta del Este and the historical province of Colonia del Sacramento? All within a family-friendly budget, spread out thru bus rides, hiking trips, smart hotel and dining options searching! Just stay tuned (or send us a message using the comments section below – we will be glad to share our travel tips and family challenges!) ๐Ÿ˜ฒ

For now, we will leave you all with a few collage pics from our traveling family Instagram (@expatmomof3) profile. Thank you for stopping by!

Now, heading to Colonia del Sacramento!

Back in Montevideo, for some amazing History of Soccer!

Day 4 #travel #Uruguay #ApaixonadosporFutebol!!! โœŒ๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿƒ Visiting the #Soccer #Stadium that hosted the 1st #WorldCup, 1930 ๐ŸŒŽโšฝ๐ŸŽ–๐Ÿ” 12 national teams participated: 4 European, Mexico, USA, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay and the host & champion, Uruguay! ๐ŸŽ– Needless to say, it was a lovely #FamilyAffair โšฝโšฝโšฝ๐Ÿƒ #EstadioCentenario was built between 1929 and 1930 to host the First #FIFA World Cup, as well as to celebrate the centennial of Uruguay's first constitution. Listed by FIFA as one of the #football world's classic stadiums. On July 18, 1983, it was declared by FIFA as the only historical monument of #WorldFootball – the only building of its kind. #history #sports #futbol #futebol #Montevideo #discoversouthamerica #Family #travelguide Sharing this family travelstory #yalafamilies

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Another great, safe and enjoyable bus ride, took our family to the charming beach resort region of Punta del Este…. for some well-deserved endless vacation time!

Viagem em famรญlia! #LosDedos en #PlayaBrava #PuntadelEste #travel #photography #Uruguay #SouthAmerica #gltlove @awesomeplaces2k17

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