Making the Finals

Making the Finals Vagabonding with Kids: Brazil has been named a Foreword Indies Finalist in the Humor category. This is incredibly exciting, because Foreword is a tough one. Brazil was exciting, too, because there are lots of things there that can kill you. Here’s the scoop on the...

Managing Travel Panic

Managing Travel Panic People assume that when we take a trip to Mexico for 3 months, it’s a trip of tacos and relaxation and beaches and margaritas. I’m not going to lie, those things exist. But the stresses you experience at home don’t magically disappear once you venture out. You can’t...

Hostel: Like a Castle, Only Different

Hostel: Like a Castle, Only Different In a few months, we’ll travel to Ireland. Mike and I took a trip there in 2010, but this will be our first trip to the land of green and Guinness with our children, who like the color green but do not appreciate Guinness nearly as much as I do. One of the most...

Avenue of Realized Dreams

Avenue of Realized Dreams “Ricardo.” He extended his hand for a shake. “It’s very nice to meet you.” Ricardo was the owner of a tree house, to which we’d been invited for a one-night stay. It was located in Porecatu, about an hour away from where we’d been staying in Londrina, a city in the...

Fear & Its Cousin, Moral Irresponsibility

Fear & Its Cousin, Moral Irresponsibility São Paulo in the middle of the day, I held six-year-old Ivy’s hand while Mike walked up ahead with eight-year-old Emilia in bright sunshine and heavy heat. A man dressed in suit and tie walked toward us on the sidewalk. As he neared, I noticed something on his...

New Year’s Prefunk on Copacabana Beach

New Year’s Prefunk on Copacabana Beach It’s fairly easy to spend all day at Copacabana Beach. You can inexpensively rent chairs and umbrellas, and there are plenty of vendors to keep you fed, quenched, and entertained. You can purchase beach toys, sunglasses, caipirinhas, beer, cashews, water, sarongs,...