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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 @travel__blog

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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.๐Ÿ˜Ž๐Ÿค— #JKBridge Nossa vizinhanรงa 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 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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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 #tripmaximizer #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! Family travel during #Carnaval2017 #tripmaximizer #LosDedos en #PlayaBrava #PuntadelEste #travel #photography #Uruguay #SouthAmerica Designed this family getaway during the Brazilian Carnival Break. * Used the #tripadvisor mobile app and site to find info on the different hotels to stay in #Montevideo and #PuntadelEste; * Decided on family-friendly day tours, thru reading other tripadvisors' travellers. Discovered we could safely take the inter-provinces bus. Affordable, comfortable, easy! *Learned from other #tripadvisor reviewers about the best times to visit the soccer stadium and museums, as well as where to find the best steak dinners! #travelawesome @awesomeplaces2k17 @travelwithusallover @viagemeturismo #vibenaviagem #umaviagem #ig_color #travelbloggersclub

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Life on the Superblock

Life on the Superblock

I know I haven’t been the greatest blogger recently – life finds its way of escaping us, somehow…
In any event, a close friend, and now, a brand-new WP blogger, just published her first impressions about their assigned city – Brasilia, the capital of Brazil. I’ve written about this place before, the city I tend to call ‘my-own’, despite growing up as a military/government brat here, back in the 70s, 80s… and departing away in the 90s…
Brasilia has a very special place in my heart and in my life – that’s the reason this blogpost is here. My congratulations to the newest WP author, and my best wishes for The Wegener’s Wanderlust, which I leave you all here with her beautiful pictures of Brasilia and the sunset on (the artificially-designed) Lake Paranoรก. Enjoy! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wegener's Wanderlust

A little over a year ago, my husband and I moved to Brazil. When friends and familyย first heard that we would be moving to Brazil, they immediately assumed we would be in Rio de Janeiro and were likely envisioning their next vacation on Copacabana beach. We had to break the news to them that no, we werenโ€™t going to be in Rio, nor in Sรฃo Paulo. Instead, weโ€™d be going to the center of Brazilโ€™s vast country, to live in itsย capital Brasรญlia, a city that has only existed a mere 56 years.

Brasรญlia is surrounded not by the beach, but by a tropical savannah region known as theย cerrado. Yetย its defining characteristic is the layout of the cityโ€“depending on whom you ask, it resemblesย either an airplane, a bird or a cross. The main ministries and government buildings are located on the Eixo Monumental, which runs west to east; onโ€ฆ

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Blog Milestone: WP Follower #4,000. Thank You!

 

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This travel/family blog just reached the mark of 4,000 WordPress followers…

Thank you for helping us keep on growing! Great way to begin 2014!

And a special thank you goes to ‘follower # 4,000’:ย MeralKathwariย – hope you enjoy the journey with us!

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2013 in review – according to the WP Stats Monkeys!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 49,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 18 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in BOLIVIA, foreign service, TRAVEL

 

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This Blog won Top Tweets on ExpatsBlog! “Twenty reasons for adding Bolivia to your expat visiting list โ€“ and maybe sticking around for a while!”

Expat blogs in BoliviaExpat blogs in BoliviaThank you for all the comments, and shared tweets! Not only this blog is bringing home a sweet shopping voucher from Amazon, but the Silver Badge on the side – great way to begin this Christmas Week! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

[Could not repeat the same feat as last year, when this blog was awarded Gold. Congratulations Jessica for representing so well this year the beautiful country of Bolivia with her ‘Bohemian Diaries’! Keep on blogging!]

Expat Blog Awards 2013 Top List Contest Winners is pleased to announced to the winners of this year’s Expat Blog Awards! The standard was simply breathtaking, with such a diverse range of talented bloggers quite clearly pulling out all the stops to bring you the best they can! Without further ado, here are the Expat Blog Awards 2013 prize and award winners…

Our Top 3 Prize Winners

Overall Winner: Kathleen Siddell
Contest Entry: The Top 8 Ideas Worth Adopting From the Chinese

1st Runner Up: Becky the Great
Contest Entry: N is for Nomads

2nd runner Up: Emily Calle
Contest Entry: Top 50 Ways You Know You’re an Expat Living in Vienna

Our Fave Reader Comment: Mrs Partly Cloudy
Contest Entry: Welcome to Singapore:don’t look down
Blog Listing: Partly Cloudy

Top FB Likes: Paul Giles
Contest Entry: The Top Six Dangers You Face When Travelling to Colombia
Blog Listing: Colombia Travel Blog

Top Tweets: 3rd Culture Children
Contest Entry: Twenty Reasons for Adding Bolivia to Your Expat Visiting List
Blog Listing: 3rd Culture Children

Random Winner: Christie Montague
Contest Entry: 6 Things You Should Know About the South of France if You Want to Blend in
Blog Listing: You can go your own way

Now, here is the Top Tweets Winner Post – with all its colorful images! Thanks again for all who read, commented, shared the link, and learned a bit about Bolivia – and maybe, the ones who are now considering adding the country to their Expat Visiting List! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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From the ExpatsBlog team of editors: “After our hugely successful Expat Blog Awards 2012 last year, we thought weโ€™d take a different spin on this year’s awards! Realising that last yearโ€™s scenario would be unfair to recently-joined newer bloggers, we’ve decided to combine the Expat Blog Awards 2013 with a big expat writing contest!
Twenty Reasons for Adding Bolivia to Your Expat Visiting List !

Expat Blog Awards 2013 Contest Entryย That said, here’s my pitch… If this blogpost here makes you a bit curious… hop over toย ExpatBlogsย and check out a list especially prepared for this year’s writing contest: Suggestions on why expats should add Bolivia to their visiting list… they’ll be so in love that may want to stick around for a while! And remember: your great comment will help this blog go for Gold… two years in a row… why not? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

Bolivia is a culturally diverse, geographically unique and strange in so many other ways that itโ€™s hard to find another place/country quite like it. And this statement is coming from a โ€˜serial expatโ€™, a traveling mother of third-culture children, a trailing spouse married into the US Foreign Service, and a Latina-born woman.

Hummm… need more examples of the colors and textures? Take a look:

The worldly recognized, the Andean rugs…

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Also, here one may enjoy the ย typical “salteรฑas“, recipes borrowed long ago from neighboring Argentina

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Craving for more? Let’s go on a quick trip towards this unique place on earth!

What you may find in Bolivia? Take a look at these images, and don’t forget: go visit the Expat Blogs and share your wonderful comment about this travel blog! [Thank you!!!]

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Madre Luna, from the Moon Valley

What looks like a carpet of stalagmites canvassing a desert,ย Valle de la Luna, or โ€œValley of the Moonโ€ is what is left of a mountain composed of clay and sandstone that has been battered by strong winds and time.

Here are more images of this unique country… looking for a bit more explanation? Check the full text prepared for this year’s contest

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Mountain biking trip

Mountain biking trip

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Cotapata Park, Bolivia

Cotapata Park, Bolivia

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Laguna Verde [‘Green Lagoon’]

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Singani in Tarija

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Pre-Inca Ruins

Pre-Inca Ruins

The Table of Sacrifices

The Table of Sacrifices

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Immerse into the local culture and traditions

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Espaรฑol: Alumnos del Colegio Padre Luis Gallar...

[Photo credit: Wikipedia.com]

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The famous โ€œtrufiโ€!

Connect with the past, experience the present and look into the future… Bolivia offers it all! โ™ฅ

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Twenty Reasons for Adding Bolivia to Your Expat Visiting List !

 

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