Chelsea: Birthday in Brazil

Boa Tarde Everyone,

Day 2 on this incredible adventure and its MY 22nd BIRTHDAY!

We started off the morning with a lecture introducing us to Indigenous Histories in Brazil with Eduardo Martins, a history masters student at the Universidad of São Paulo. We have 3 Brazilian students joining these classes, and it is so nice to be able to hear some of their opinions and personal experiences, especially on indigenous issues in Brazil.

Following class, we managed to survive the subway and make our way to downtown São Paulo to visit one of the tallest building in São Paulo – Farol Santander. From the rooftop of this building, we had a 360 view of São Paulo. This view made me start to comprehend just how big São Paulo really is. Buildings stretched for as far as I could see, even where the mountains were. On some of the lower floors of the building, we were able to explore some of the art exhibitions and see some Brazilian art.

After a buffet lunch, we were lucky enough to have a full downtown tour of São Paulo by Renata, our amazing tour guide. We were still fairly jet lagged and getting use to the heat so walking outside was a little bit of a challenge, however Renata made it SO interesting and fun. As soon as we got home I went straight to be and had a little sleep to recover from the days events.

We were thinking of going out for my birthday but since everyone was so tired, I decided to do a little dinner with a few of the girls, We went to a cute little Mexican restaurant around the corner from our casa. It was our lucky night as it was Taco Tuesday and we got 2 for 1 tacos AND margaritas. After fumbling through the ordering process with limited Portuguese, plenty of laughs, and a full tummy, we headed home.

Me, Rose and Tayla at Taco Tuesday (La-Teish behind the camera)

I feel very blessed that I got to welcome my 22nd year in with such an amazing opportunity and group of people. I cannot wait to see what the rest of 2020 has in store for us.

Tchau,

Chelsea

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