Kids taking advantage of the opportunity, and sending a darling voice message to a special someone, wishing her safe travels… 🤗💚 A sweet #memory from our 20-hour #trip #saga, attempting to get to Brasilia, Brazil, from Lewes, DE Our kids were invited to (😆pretend to) act as flight captain, on the @americanair overnight leg from MIA to BSB. Not a bad experience for these 3 tired #travel troopers! 🛫 🗺🛬 #flying #travelwithkids
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Plan for the week, now that the husband's back: #Familytravel #expatlife 🛫 Pick up another 🗺 new country and a few extra provinces🚍🚈🛤⛴ for the family's collection… 🙋💁💁💑 From #Brasília all the way to #PuntadelEste #southamerica #travel #map #familyaffair #scratchmeoff #Family #travelguide #6dayisinUruguay
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!
#Travel #Uruguay Part 2 of Day 1: #Montevideo (why did I start posting out of order? Guess the sunset was the perfect excuse for 'regrouping as a family'! Earlier parts of our 'day 1' to come soon: Teatro Solis… Plaza Independencia..) 🤗 right now we need some rest from the long travel day, which began at 4am in Brasilia, connecting thru São Paulo and arriving at the Carrasco Int'l airport in Montevideo. The follow-on 'impromptu' city sightseeing was fun, kids loved it! 😎 #Sunset en la #Rambla overlooking the #ocean #Family #travelguide #traveltips #6dayisinUruguay #Backpack #travellight #carryonluggage #travelsmart #travelblog
Part 1 of Day 1 #Uruguay #familytravel #discoversouthamerica Since it was our arrival day, we opted for taking it easy on the kids… 🤗 @atalantaworld #traveltips #Montevideo Almuerzo (merienda? A las 4 de la tarde!)😎 @caferamonamvd @pilsenuruguay #BarriodelasArtes Walk around 🌴🌳 #PlazaIndependencia #Ciudadela #Portones #Fortificaciones #Muralla @TeatroSolis, checking the #Shakespeare exhibit out;
Now, heading to Colonia del Sacramento!
Day 3, bus ride to #Colonia, #Uruguay and day-long sightseeing! Colonia del Sacramento is a city in southwestern Uruguay, across the #RíodeLaPlata from #BuenosAires Known for its cobblestoned #BarrioHistorico, lined with buildings from its time as a #Portuguese #settlement, which clearly was a must-see for the #WallClimbing lovers, aka, our #kids! 🤗 Also, great #teachingmoment – #history #geography #geopolitics and family ethnic background. #family #travel #southamerica #photography #travelingwithkids #discoversouthamerica #Family #travelguide #traveltips #6dayisinUruguay #Backpack #postcardsfromtheworld
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
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!
From a very talented blogger, currently experiencing motherhood and expat life in Brazil, and a friend, Tessa Wegener. A great and enjoyable read!
Samba! Feathers! Glitter! Streamers! Confetti! — Carnaval has officially begun in Brazil!
A little bit of history
Did you know that the word carnaval is believed to have evolved from the Latin phrase carnem levare which means “to remove meat”? Carnaval, like Mardi Gras in the U.S. or Karneval in Germany, is a pre-Lenten celebration that ends on Ash Wednesday and has its roots in European Catholicism (or in earlier pagan traditions, depending on your source!).
Carnaval in Brazil is a transcultural phenomenon and its history is inextricably linked to European colonialism and African slavery. The Portuguese settlers of Brazil introduced Entrudo (another name for Carnaval) during the 18th century. Initial celebrations evolved over the years and took on the form of masquerade balls, polka dances and waltzes. At this point, festivities were still clearly delineated according to social class—there were “Grandes Sociedades” for aristocrats, “Ranchos Carnavalescos” for the working-class, and “Cordões” for the…
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Could we be any happier? We got (again!) our #1 pick as our onwards Foreign Service Assignment post:
Obviously, more to come… but for now, I only have one thing to say:
Stay tuned… 🙂
Written by Karen Hastings
History and Havana go hand in hand. The name “Havana” conjures images of Spanish conquistadors, revolutionary heroes, and the literati and glitterati who once basked on these sun-splashed shores. Today, the fascinating history of Cuba’s capital awaits travelers at every twist and turn; in the cobbled streets of Old Havana, in the beautiful Cuban Baroque buildings, the historic forts, museums, legendary restaurants, and lively public squares.
A fiesta for the senses, Havana is a city made to stroll. Listen to live rumba music on a street corner, feast at restaurants where Hemingway once dined, or inhale the salt-soaked air along the famous Malecón. But perhaps the best part of a visit to Havana is the people. Friendly and outgoing, the locals are proud of their culture-rich Caribbean city and happy to share its historic treasures and many hidden gems.