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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  • Would I Ever Be Able To Repatriate? 2 days ago Occasionally — very occasionally — I toy with the idea of returning to the United States, and wonder how easy or hard that might be. Would I be able to re-integrate? Because the longer I live outside the United States the less I know about how things work there, and the thought of what I...
  • Bright Lights, Big City 1 week ago Jardim Esperança—not too bad, just not prettyThe first time Mark and I drove across the bridge into downtown Cabo Frio, the municipality next to ours on the map, I remember yelling, "Get me out of here!" It could be I thought that I had died and had been consigned to spending eternity on New...
  • Guardian Angels 2 weeks ago Curtis Sliwa and his beefy Guardian Angels began patrolling the New York City subways in the late ’70s, at a time when I was one of the many single women riding home nervously during those extremely violent years. The City authorities didn’t particularly warm to Sliwa and his group’s constant...
  • From the Terrace 3 weeks ago When there’s nothing to do and our friends are out of town; when there’s nothing good on television and the movie theater is closed . . . we sit on our terrace and watch our private show:There's our basic view . . .. . . and sailing events . . .. . . and flocks of seagulls . . .. . . stand-up...
  • Oh, Well, Of Course . . . You're Americans 2 months ago It’s hard to get beyond stereotypes, isn’t it? Even if you were brought up to respect other people, and not to make assumptions based on race, religion or national origin. Even if you pride yourself on being politically correct, you’ve got stereotypes in your head. Otherwise all those...

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