Going back home

So, tomorrow I’m going on my long journey back to Brazil. Although I’ll spend more than 24h hours between airports and flights, I cannot lie: I’m really excited about finally getting back home! 😁

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Taken that day at the “blue and the red museums”

This all-alone-trip to the USA was a good experience though. First of all, I made some awesome friends which I hope I can stay in touch even though we live at different places. And I was also able to think deeply about many things in my life and figured out home is not really about a place, it’s about people who make you feel like home – and that’s a important lesson I’ll keep for the rest of my life.

I’d like to say thank you to everyone who’s been part of this, specially to my teacher Regina Ress, to the SFUAD staff member Wendy (probably the kindest person I ever met and who helped me to “save my nose” many times), to the whole SFUAD staff, to my classmates and to the people I met along the way. Thank you! Thank you Santa Fe, “the city different”. Thank you all! I’ll never forget you and I hope our paths will get crossed someday/somehow again. 😊


Tent Rock Hike

Tent rocks, also called hoodoos, are tall and thin spires of rock that protrudes from the bottom of an arid drainage basin or badlands. The Kasha Katuwe national monument in New Mexico is a group of tent rock formations located inside the Cochiti pueblo. Its opened to visitors who want a day of adventure hiking and trailing through the stunning beauty of those rocks.

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It’s an amazing place, just don’t forget your sun lotion!

It’s around one hour driving from Santa Fe and you can choose your path between the Canyon trail and the Cave loop, both amazing at their own ways. During your trail you can be in touch with desert vegetation such as dead piñions, nurture plants and manzanita, reptiles, baby tent rocks and sand dunes.

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Choose your path!

It’s strongly recommended that you remain with a group of other people (It doesn’t need to be a large one though) and don’t try “funny things”, since the floor can be slippery and there may be snakes around. Nevertheless, it definitely worths visiting!

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Selfie at the bottom of the mountain? Why not? :~

 

The Blue and the Red Museums in Santa Fe, NM

Today my vacation English immersion class and I visited the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of international Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM. The places host a big variety of interesting pieces, from ancient Indian turquoise jewelry to the origins of the red color, I pet named them “The Blue and the Red Museums”.

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Worse part of the visit: choose from which museum you are going to start your tour ;P

Most of assets being displayed at the Musem of Indian Arts and Culture belonged to the Navajo and the Apache people. They have clothing, pottery, paintings, sculptures, archeological artifacts and many many turquoise pieces. There you can also listen to some of the “Pueblos” languages and music, and they sound very beautiful.

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We are not allowed to take pictures from the inside of the museums, but even their outsides are stunning!

One thing that certainly caught my eye was a painting of a traditional Japanese and a Native American women together. As a reference to the Bering Strait Theory, which my grandfather and I are strong supporters.

You can walk around the museum by yourself or have a guided tour, I did a bit of both but unfortunately we are not allowed to take pictures from the inside.

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Purple is my number one favourite color and guess what? It’s made out of blue and red! 🙂

At the Museum of international Folk Art you can travel back in time and find more about “The red that colored the world” (currently on exhibition). You see, human beings are one of the selected species who are actually able to see the color red (for your information, dogs and cats can’t). And it only spread around the world by the 16th century Mexico, when Spanish explorers encountered the cochineal beetle in an Aztec Marketplace.

Unfortunately, Conchineal beetles are used even today in the food industry. Like to color some strawberry yogurts, for example.  

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Yes, I did (and blue as well)!

There are other interesting places nearby and although we didn’t go there I’m sure they are all as worthy as the Blue and Red ones. If you’re in Santa Fe, you should definitely spare some time to go and visit those places. There’s history, there’s culture and there’s plenty of art.

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I bought this little fella there. It looks exactly like a small hare that shows up everyday at the SFUAD campus and it’s probably one of the cutest things in the world! I asked Felipe to name it and, well… meet “Van Dame”, the plushie hare (Although I feel like just calling it “Hoppy”)! ;D


For more information about those museums, please check on their websites:

New video: USA Trip (last part) – New Mexico

And here’s the last part of my USA Trip video series. Enjoy!

PS: I’m not sure if I’ll continue uploading videos from now on. But the blog still goes on!

Homesickness, baseball and art

My homesickness is skyrocketing. I wasn’t sure if I should write about it but then again, what’s the whole purpose of having a personal blog if I can’t talk about how I feel? And the last time I felt as lonely as this was probably when I was 10 and my grandfather passed away. But no worries, I know I’ll survive… somehow.

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I’m homesick but don’t worry. I’ll survive!

I knew it was going to be tough, and although sometimes I feel completely hopeless I’m not the type who gives up easily, you know. Once I make up my mind I aim for the fences and usually hit a home run. And enough talking about my depression, there’s actually a good reason why I’m using these baseball idioms: today I’m going to watch a baseball game, my first one, and I’m even feeling a bit excited about it! 🙂

I’ve always been a big baseball fan, when I was a kid I used to improvise some matches with my friends and here in Santa Fe I learned a lot more about it (Thanks Jeff!).

Also, my friend Juliana Xavier (aka JulieJubz) made this beautiful cover for the blog’s Facebook page. She’s such an amazing artist and she’s taking drawing orders, so if you want a really awesome work make sure to contact her at JulieJubz.com

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Me by JulieJubz – Yes, I actually own that dress 😉

Anyway, I know I’m owning you guys some new videos, I’m already working on them and I’ll upload them as soon as I can. So stay tuned!