Posts Tagged ‘Travel’

Samba School

The Carnival 1 is a big deal for Brazilians. Hundreds of ‘samba schools’ 2 participate in the parade, and each school has thousands of participants (musicians, dancers, singers, god mother, old aunts, etc.). Every year, each school comes out with a ‘samba plot’, theme, songs, costumes, etc. They introduce their plot, and start practice almost […]

Calm before the storm…

We were excited about going to a “Samba School” opening night. To even things out, decided to keep the afternoon low key. Uma wanted to try brunch at “Pain et Chocolat” 1, a popular bakery in the Moema neighborhood. It had a pretty large display of sweets, pastries, etc. that got her all excited. To […]


We jumped at the opportunity to attend a futebol game when Rafael (pronounced Ha-fa-ell), a big fan of Sao Paulo FC 1, asked us if we were interested in SPFC’s elimination game with Atletico Goianiense (which apparently is not a top tier team). We (Onuwa, Uma, myself) joined Rafael, and Laura (pronounced Lau-da), and headed […]

Royal Enfield sighting in Brazil

As I was cabbing back to the hotel, I chanced upon a motorcyle store with 2 spanking new Royal Enfields on display. Made me miss my baby:(

Our “world traveler” friends

Tuesday evening, we caught up with ex-E&Y-ers, and current world travelers, Kristin and Matt. They are crisscrossing South America, and happened to be transiting through Sao Paulo at the time. It was great to hear them talk about their adventures, overcoming different challenges, and the perspective they have gained. Check out their blog 1. In the […]

First day by myself (in Brazil)

So…this trip is not a holiday for Uma. She was back at work, and I was left to my own devices. I had all the energy in the world…so I worked out, ran many errands like finding the nearest ATM, handling monthly bills back in Dallas, did some trip planning, and also played around with […]

First weekend in Brazil

It’s a long weekend here in Brazil since Oct 12th (Friday) is Children’s day. We were told that most Paulistas (thats what Sao Paulo locals call themselves) prefer to take trips to nearby beach towns on long weekends. We contemplated doing the same, but since I had just arrived, we decided to stay put in […]

Brazilian Pizza

I’ve heard legendary tales regarding Brazilian Pizza. Based on my first experience, I have to say they are all true! Uma’s colleague, Rafael (pronounced Ha-fa-ell), took us (Uma, her E&Y colleague Onuwa, and myself) to his (and now my) favorite pizzeria, Braz 1. The “caprese” topping was Muito Bom (very good)! ↩

Taking some time off

The whole point of having my own consulting business, I remind myself often, is to have greater flexibility in choosing interesting work, and in promoting a work life balance by taking breaks when needed. I’ve found that it is hard to actually exercise the second part. It is not easy to say “no” to business…there […]