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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 Goiás and 115 kilometers from Brasília 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 Paraná 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 🙂

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” 🙂

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! 🙂

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

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

Or, taking a break from work! 🙂

Or even, enjoying uniquely strange moments with like-minded, equally stressed expat folks! 🙂

 

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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’ 🙂
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! 🙂

Boys & Girls 😊 🛫 #travel #Family #Abuelito 🤗🌞🌴

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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 🤗 #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! 🍺🍻🍷 #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! 🙂

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!

Fun with our #Dutch & #American #friends!🌙🎵🎶🎶 #holiday #games #drinks🎂🍰🍻🍺🍸🍷 #birthday #expatlife

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#Whisky time! E pra quem é do quadradinho: #tesourinha #bloco 😆

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

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Povo do consulado #Recife invadindo #Brasília! 🤗

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

Our little resident monkeys 🐵🐒🐵🐒🐒 Impossível, sendo mãe e bióloga, nesta linda tarde de domingo, ver estas criaturinhas no quintal e não aproveitar o momento com os filhos! 🤗😎 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, também conhecido sagui-de-tufos-pretos, ou somente sagui, sendo reconhecida como uma espécie de primata do Novo Mundo, pertencente ao gênero Callithrix, cuja origem é 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

A heartfelt morning thought: our neighborhood in #Brasilia.😎🤗 #JKBridge Nossa vizinhança We're definitely gonna miss it…

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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 😎 #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!

🛫Aproveitando a visita do avô em #Brasília! ❤ #WorldFest #ilovemyterritory

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Fun with our #Dutch & #American #friends!🌙🎵🎶🎶 #holiday #games #drinks🎂🍰🍻🍺🍸🍷 #birthday #expatlife

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

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Povo do consulado #Recife invadindo #Brasília! 🤗

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#VasoEscarchado Keeping Abuelito entertained 🤗💚💙 #waitingforfrankie

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Coming back to reality…

That's called #Saturday 😈😇 #Abuelito #Brazil #soccer #lake #feijoada #beer #caipirinha #Brasilia #waitingforfrankie 😚🤗

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Mais uma para a coleção de "climbing kids" 🗺🤗 #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!) 😲

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!

Day 3 In #Colonia #Uruguay #traveltips #travelguide @atalantaworld Classic old #cars #vintage cars Kids were in awe! 🤔 😘 #postcardsfromtheworld

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Back in Montevideo, for some amazing History of Soccer!

Day 4 #travel #Uruguay #ApaixonadosporFutebol!!! ✌💘🏃 Visiting the #Soccer #Stadium that hosted the 1st #WorldCup, 1930 🌎⚽🎖🔝 12 national teams participated: 4 European, Mexico, USA, Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Paraguay and the host & champion, Uruguay! 🎖 Needless to say, it was a lovely #FamilyAffair ⚽⚽⚽🏃 #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 família! #LosDedos en #PlayaBrava #PuntadelEste #travel #photography #Uruguay #SouthAmerica #gltlove

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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

Praça Tiradentes, Ouro Preto:

Gold Mine in Mariana, MG

Explorando #minadeouro em #Mariana #MinasGerais GoldMine #Brazil #family #travel #expatlife

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The Lima-Mirandas surrounded by Gold Dust 😎😆 Visiting & walking thru the Gold mine in #Mariana #MinasGerais

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Inhotim,Open Air Contemporary Art Museum

#openair #Brazil #museum #Museu #Arte #Inhotim #photography #Art #MinasGerais #family #travel #botanicalgarden

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#Museu #Arte #Contemporanea #Brazil Our last afternoon in #MinasGerais #inhotim #brumadinho #naturehub

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