I guess it’s fitting that I’m in my hometown of Rio de Janeiro as I write my first post. Let’s start with introductions!
My name is Luciana, which is a fairly common name in Brazil (and I’m always delighted that it’s quite exotic in the US, hah!), I’m a 35 year old designer, long-time blogger (my Portuguese-written blog Colagem is turning 12 years old this week), mother of 2 (Julia – almost 6 – and Eric – who will be turning 2 in the Fall) and travel addict. I’m married to Gabe, an American who has finally learned to speak Portuguese after 10 years of marriage, even though he sounds like our 5 year old (I’m not complaining, he knows I’m not!). He’s the reason why I moved to the US back in 2002, and together we lived in a few places, before settling down in Austin, the coolest town in Texas. Although we never say we’ll live there forever (we both agree we’ll have to live by the beach one day), we like it a lot, 100 degrees in the summer and all (minus the bugs).
We try to travel as much as we can fit in our schedule, including trips to visit his side of the family in Michigan and my side of the family in Rio, Brazil. We arrived last Thursday in Rio to visit my family for 20 something days, to meet a bunch of new baby cousins and (as I promised myself) to take Julia (almost 6 years old) and Eric (1 year and 8 months) to do some serious sight-seeing this time. There are quite a few blogs out there talking about Brazil, with the World Cup and Olympics coming up there has been a lot of interest, but I haven’t seen many people coming to visit with their kids. I’ve been thinking about writing in English for many years, and I think now it’s the right time (or past the time). We’ll see!
I’ll start writing about this current trip, and then slowly translate all my travel posts from Portuguese to English, so you will see a mix of current and older trips being posted. We’ve been to some great places with the kids since they were born, this is mostly going to be a family travel blog (which is what I write about in Portuguese anyway). After we’re done with this Brazilian trip, we’ll be going back to Michigan for a couple of weeks (we flew here from Detroit) and then heading to Stockholm and Copenhagen, for one week each. We were just in Dallas last month, and earlier this year we’ve been to Houston and went on a roadtrip from Austin to Santa Fe, New Mexico, which was great. We started 2013 in Niagara Falls, Canada, and before that spent Thanksgiving driving around Arizona, stopping at the Grand Canyon and Antelope Canyon. Last summer we took the kids to Tokyo for 2 weeks, and also on a roadtrip from Texas to Florida. Anyway, I’m trying to give you a glimpse of the trips you will see here soon! I hope you come back to read about them. Deal? Tchau for now! (That’s how we say good-bye in Portuguese, sounds just like the Italian ciao)
PS: I’ll be working on the template in the next couple of days, if you see anything weird going on, let me know (pretty please)!
PS2: I had another project in English, called Family Trips Archive, which I never launched and not sure if it’ll ever go live (I hope it will, one day). Anyway, since FTA was also about family travel and I had a FTA Twitter account that I used for a while, I decided to rename it to BRTravelMom. So you can follow me there, and I hope my few FTA followers don’t mind the change, since the content will be the same.