Tropical Daydreams

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Tropical Daydreams
Observations, at times reflective, at times funny, from a retired American living in Búzios, Brazil for over a decade. A fresh look at the similarities and differences with an insider's perspective.
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  • On the Subject of Whether or Not Brazil Could Handle the 2014 World Cup 5 days ago Well, there were plenty of naysayers. They said the stadiums wouldn’t be ready, but for the most part they were. They said the airports wouldn’t be ready, but for the most part they were. The worst airport problems were weather-related. Brazil’s glorified golden team had its embarrassing...
  • The Heartbreaking Semifinal Loss 1 week ago Confidence was high last Tuesday -- But within minutes, all one could do was look on in shock and disbelief --Or not look at all --You could pray --Or cry --And console the children --The winners were to be congratulated --And the losers consoled --And then we could all  --Because it’s just...
  • An Attempt to Assist Soccer-Challenged Americans 2 weeks ago To all the sports lovers in the United States: I know many of you are trying real hard to follow the soccer World Cup and to understand the rules and regulations, the ins and outs, the passion, the emotion, the celebration, the spontaneity, the sheer brilliance of what the athletes are doing. I...
  • The World Cup Plays Out In Búzios 3 weeks ago While thousands upon thousands of people descended on the various Brazilian host cities of the 2014 World Cup, straining those cities’ infrastructures and services to their limits, Mark and I stayed close to home to watch how things played out in Búzios. It was a good move. Búzios was both...
  • More Blog Updates 2 months ago Today, I'm going to turn away from All-Soccer-All-the-Time news, and bring you some more updates on our ongoing dramas, both personal and non. But don't be too disappointed, all you soccer fans, it's going to be a long month!Forbidden Fruits (October 22, 2012)To my utmost despair, I found yet...

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