Jeanie De Melo

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Jeanie De Melo
Expat life in Governador Valadares / Minas Gerais / Brazil.
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  • One Month in the States 3 months ago We've been in the States for one month, so I'd like to share my first impressions before the culture shock wears off. I should start by admitting that I lost my wallet in the Miami airport during our layover, which delayed our travel from New Jersey to Connecticut and cancelled a trip to visit my...
  • Going Back, Back to Cali, Cali (Well, Connecticut) 4 months ago In five days¬†exactly, the kids and I will board a plane to spend almost six months in the States! Why so long? We were only going to stay for a few weeks, but when my mother-in-law passed away, my husband had this epiphany that we should be spending more quality time with extended family and...
  • Beef - Brazilian Cuts 6 months ago One of the more daunting tasks for me has been purchasing beef from the deli. I'm familiar with certain cuts because I could order them from our little Brazilian grocery in the States. But I'm not familiar with all the cuts, and beef in general has always been a bit of a struggle for me. Give me...
  • Grocery Store Bakery 6 months ago One of the things Brazil does oh-so-right is fresh baked rolls. A typical Brazilian breakfast and afternoon snack is coffee and bread. So Brazil took the idea and ran with it. You can find a million variations of bread at any of a dozen bakeries on one block. Coconut bread, sweet bread, cinnamon...
  • Adventures in... Gym Membership? 7 months ago I'm the type of person who works out because she likes to eat. You know what I mean? I work out a few times a week, but only to counter the ridiculous amount of Coca Cola and Kit Kats I consume on any given day. When I was in the military, I had the luxury of using an hour of my work day to...

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