Brazilian, mother of 2, travel addict – nice to meet you!

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)

The 4 of us in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

The 4 of us in Playa del Carmen, Mexico

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.

Getting Personal

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  • Livi Souza (Baianos no Polo Norte) July 3, 2013, 3:08 pm

    Congrats on the new site Lu!
    And the comments are officially open 😉

  • Mirella (@mikix10) July 9, 2013, 6:03 pm

    Uhuu… congrats Lu!!!!

  • Cris Campos July 18, 2013, 6:16 am

    Yay! Congrats and all the best on the new project, Lu!
    Once you check your Google Analytics you’ll soon realise that the world truly speaks English and you’ll be surprised by how much more traffic you generate simply by writing in English.
    (Pity FTA didn’t go further though… I thought it sounded like an awesome idea!)

  • Michelle Fraser February 10, 2014, 3:00 pm

    Em primeiro lugar, as minhas desculpas por escrever em Inglês – Eu adicionei uma tradução do Google em Português, no final desta mensagem, que eu espero é legível.

    We are making a sponsored series in Rio de Janeiro featuring Brazilian women (age 25-40) who have treasured possessions that they would like to have restored – or recycled into something else. It could be a kitchen worktop, an old bath, a juke box, a wrought iron chair/table, a mirror, a cart. – even a piece of scrap metal, tiling or stone – anything which can be cleaned, restored or repaired – or recycled – and can be made beautiful. Is this something you or any of your Pilates clients would potentially be interested in participating in? We pay a good fee to the chosen participants and pay for their item to be fully restored by an expert in Rio.

    Additionally we are looking for house-proud Brazilian women (age 25-40) who do some of their own cleaning to talk about their cleaning routines. We’re looking for fun, interesting people who are happy to appear on camera. This is also a paid opportunity and I’m wondering if any of your clients might be interested in this – ideally, we are looking for a group of women.

    This series is sponsored by a well-known cleaning brand and will be filmed in Rio during March and April, so anyone interested should get in touch with us as soon as possible.

    Tradução de Google em Português

    A produtora Gundog Media está produzindo no Brasil uma série online sobre restauração e estão procurando por mulheres Brasileiras (25 – 40) que tenham algum objeto em casa de valor sentimental, para ser restaurado e voltar a funcionar com toda a sua beleza.

    Pode ser um instrumento musical típico brasileiro, um objeto de cozinha tradicional, um panelão de pedra-sabão, um portão de ferro trabalhado, uma proteção de lareira, um relógio, um espelho, uma jukebox ou radio velho, um abajur antigo – qualquer objeto que ja tenha sido útil, que tenha um valor sentimental para você e que possa ser restaurado para sua forma original ou reciclado em outra coisa.

    Estamos procurando por histórias interessantes por trás destes lindos objetos que podem voltar a funcionar denovo.

    Os participantes escolhidos receberão uma quantia em dinheiro e também terão o seu objeto restaurado/consertado por profissionais especializados no Rio de Janeiro e tudo isso por conta da Gundog Media.

    Estaremos filmando a série em breve e nossa produtora está atualmente no Rio de Janeiro. Pedimos que os candidatos interessados entrem em contato imediatamente.

    Ficamos no Aguardo.
    Muito Obrigado.

    Michelle Fraser
    Gundog Media

    I would be very grateful if you could let me know if you or anyone you know, would be interested in this opportunity?

    With best regards and have a good day.

  • Lisa April 7, 2014, 7:15 am

    I am so glad I have found your blog! I am planning to travel twice this year with my infant. One 3 hour flight to Florida and then to brazil a couple months later. All of this will be so helpful. Please keep posting! Thank you so much!

  • Andrea August 10, 2015, 4:09 pm

    I know this is traveling with kids blog, but I was actually thinking of taking my 75 year mother to Brazil in November. She has always wanted to go. Is this a good place to travel with and older adult? We do travel a lot, but I am worried because I do not speak Portuguese. Would this be a good mother/daughter destination?

    • Luciana Misura August 10, 2015, 6:36 pm

      I don’t see a problem, just make sure to follow any safety recommendations and try to learn a few words in Portuguese. Everybody should see Rio and the Iguacu Falls!


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