Posts Tagged ‘Learning’


February 21, 2018

Dear Family and Friends,

Hope you are well. It’s been a short but productive few days in Brasilia with not too much to report. I’m nearly finished with the survey and will work with the concierge to make some phone calls today for complicated auto services. Then I’ll go to Rio de Janeiro!


There’s a great craft beer scene here in Brasilia and I went on a successful mission yesterday afternoon to a different area of town find some bottles of this local beer I’ve been enjoying. I’m very excited to share them with some friends back home.

I’ve been speaking lots of Portuguese. It’s easy (and necessary) to practice here because most people don’t speak any English, so it’s Portuguese or nothing at all. In other places, people will start speaking English if they can once they hear my slow phrases, but here it’s not possible. Everyone has been so patient, encouraging, and helpful in conversation. Also, mobile data has been working well, so if I need to look up a word, google translate is available. Portuguese is my favorite language to hear. I love the particular sounds and melody of it. My ears and brain are feeling very pleased.


I had an acai bowl at lunch to save room to have the rodizio with all different meats at dinner. I tried many different types of meat including a chicken heart, which I didn’t like, but the rest were good. It was an interesting experiment to have a bite of many different cuts at once as they are all so different. And I learned “medium rare,” “mal passado.”







May 20, 2017

Dear Family and Friends,

Hope you are well! Sláinte (pronounced like “slawntcha”) means cheers in Irish, or Gaelic. I’m heading home tomorrow. Today I worked, had a bento box at a Japanese restaurant for lunch, and in the late afternoon got a manicure and massage :)! Feeling really good. For dinner I tried Irish stew, which is also great. It has lamb with potatoes and vegetables.


Though I always want to explore more, I’m excited to go home after two weeks. It feels like I’ve been on the road a while because I’ve done a ton and learned a lot. It’s been a great reminder of the ups and downs that happen on survey and how exhausting (and rewarding) the work can be. Now I also have a better, fresher understanding of where we can make the data collection more efficient. All great.


Thanks for reading. Until next time!