From Brazil, with love.

A Collection of my texts in January 2016:

December 31st, 2015: About to spend new year's with 18 people (17 of whom I have never met before) on the plus side there is a lot of really good food here.

January 1st, 2016: I hiked 40 minutes to a waterfall wearing flip flops, it was worth it. (Shout out to Havaianas for some quality footwear.) ALSO, I have 17 new best friends.

January 2nd, 2016: I had my first real bowl of Açai.

January 3rd, 2016: Went over to a friend's place, had some barbeque, played some pool and I taught them how to dance to Subha Hone Na De.

January 4th, 2016: Today, I unofficially pledged allegiance to Cruzeiro.

January 5th, 2016: No, it's not a cult.

January 6th, 2016: Too psyched about starting work tomorrow.

January 7th, 2016: First day at work! I am excited. I think? Maybe nervous. Maybe both. Met with the bosses. This is going to be a lot of work. Also, I went to the Savassi Fair with Nick, met a bunch of the other trainees. AND we met Caio: Caleb, Santhi and Tania's friend from Recife!

January 8th, 2016: Day off, stayed in and bonded with the cat (Eliza). I don't think she cares.

January 9th, 2016: Went out into the city alone for the first time. I took the bus to Mercado Central. NO, I did not get robbed. The place is everything you would want back home. Sells EVERYTHING from spices to meat to animals to flowers. It was SO busy, reminded me of home!

January 10th, 2016: Went to Praça do Papa in the night. The city was all lit up, it was beautiful. I think I am starting to fall in love with this place.

January 11th, 2016: Discovered Self-Serve restaurants. I am never coming back, mother.

January 12th, 2016: Jumped into our work projects, it is going to be an exciting learning experience. Still haven't gotten anything stolen.

January 13th, 2016: I just realized I am getting chased out of the house every morning by Chukinya. She is small and terrifying.

January 14th, 2016: Went to my first Pre Carnaval Bloco! I'm telling you, these people know how to party. If the Pre Carnaval was this crazy, I CAN NOT wait for the real deal.

January 15th, 2016: Going out to a night club tonight, shouldn't be too crazy.

January 16th, 2016: I got back at 6:30 in the AM, I will wake up when it is tomorrow. ttyl

January 17th, 2016: Lazy day. I have decided that my host, Ygor, is my Brazilian mom.

January 18th, 2016: I am set for Rio this weekend, IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING.

January 19th, 2016: Had a meeting at the AIESEC Office today. Got to meet a friend (Larissa) I made at the Summer National Conference in San Jose!

January 20th, 2016: I found Chris' Italian Doppleganger.

January 21st, 2016: Everything I can possibly say about this country's beauty is an understatement. Made it to Rio de Janeiro. As it turns out we are living a couple blocks from the Copacabana beach. (WUUUT!) Today, I learnt how to do "Alligators".

January 22nd, 2016: Went to the Peruvian Consulate today for the visa, had some interesting interactions with the consuls there. Visited the Museum of Tomorrow, never actually got in because of the ridiculous line. Going to a Samba club tonight.

January 23rd, 2016: WHAT a random night! Got called out by the Samba band for "interesting moves", played DJ for some time, met a girl who's going to India in September (THROUGH FRIKKING AIESEC) and met another exchange student, from the Netherlands. In the evening we saw the most beautiful sunset. And then we obviously applauded the sun for a job well done.

January 24th, 2016: Saw Christ the Redeemer today. We spent 22 minutes standing in line for every minute we spent within 100 meters of the monument. ‪#‎ThingsTheyDontTellYou‬. Also, did I mention I got my phone stolen. O:)

January 25th, 2016: Back in Belo Horizonte and back to work. Dealing with some Post-Rio Sorrow.

January 26th, 2016: Got a new phone today. I think Chukinya and I are starting to get along now.

January 27th, 2016: I was wrong about Chukinya.

January 28th, 2016: Experimented with a new bus route. It didn't go where I thought it would. Oh well, learnt something new today.

January 29th, 2016: Had an exciting conversation with the host family. Or I think we did. Not entirely sure. (It was in Portuguese.)

January 30th, 2016: Visited Ouro Preto today, the Black Gold city. You should see the insides of the churches, it's all in gold and absolutely gorgeous.

January 31st, 2016: Saw men literally stamp "Likes" on girls, and met a guy who played Rugby on Brazil's national team and learnt the Haka from the all blacks (O.O)

Originally posted February 2016

Chandrahas Reddy

Chandu once traveled to Denmark for the sole purpose of getting a hot dog. He is an avid traveler, loves listening to Alt-J, adores Koalas, and is attracted to shiny things. He will also steal your cookies.