I’m Baaaack!

Today I deleted the Facebook and Twitter apps off of my phone because those are the two most distracting things in my life at the moment. Sit down to do homework, open Facebook, get up an hour later having done no homework. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time I gave the real world a try. So…

Pioneer Camp 2016

Pioneer Camp 2016 For the past three summers, I’ve counseled a week long summer camp at the La Foret Conference & Retreat Center. Pioneer Camp is one of the many summer camps hosted by the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ, and it’s something I absolutely love to do. I love counseling…

Goodbye Brazil, Hello Colorado

  I’ll be honest with you. I’ve been procrastinating the writing of this blog post for a while now. It’s not really flowing off the fingertips like some of my posts do. And I think the reason for this delay is because my life has taken somewhat of a dramatic turn in the last two…

Over The Past Ten Months…

I lived in Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil as an exchange student. I learned how to speak Portuguese fluently. I lived with two different host moms. I met other exchange students from all over the world. I cried. I took a surfing lesson. My family came to visit me. I laughed. I studied in…

Despedidas

  At the beginning of our exchange year, there were eight Rotary exchange students in Natal. Then the number dropped to seven, when Haven got sent home. Now the number is down to five, because when June came, so did the despidadas (farewells). Pierre left on the thirteenth, and Veera on the fifteenth. I knew…

Awkward

  Morning: “We leave at 8pm!” – Virna 6:30pm, the same day: Virna gets back from wherever she was. I think she was getting her hair and nails done. “Are you ready?” “I thought we were leaving at 8pm.” “No, that’s when the party starts. We are leaving at 7:30pm to pick up Mamãe (her…