We are officially back from Brazil and my only regret is I didn’t blog about it while we were there. There was so much to see, drink and eat but the best thing about Brazil were the people.

At “The Nass Hole”

In the US we talk a lot about accepting ourselves for who we are. In Brazil, they just do it. I hadn’t been there more than a few hours when I realized that I felt okay about myself physically. What I have and am was enough. It’s a beautiful feeling.

Reality kicked in on the way home. I walked into the international flight back and the hostility was so apparent I was temporarily stunned. In the US, we act bitter and hostile. This is how we feel about ourselves.

Since I’ve been back I’ve slipped back into too-short-too-fat-too-poor-too-quiet mode, but I have seen the other side. I have peeked through the mirror and seen wonderland. The grass isn’t only green on the other side… it’s emerald.

What did we do in Brazil? We mostly went to see family so I didn’t share many photos. We did do a LOT of eating. No preservatives, everything fresh. There were a lot of parties and gatherings. There was some drinking involved. There were a lot of gorgeous walks. We passed a bookstore and I do have a book of “chronicles” I’m trying to read in Portuguese. It’s slow going.

I’ll break down more specifics soon, but it’s already time for me to get ready for the next place: Portland! I’m being kidnapped by Frances Lu-Pai Ippolito so if I don’t return, look there. I’ll try to keep up here, but if you wonder where I’m at, check my socials.

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I don’t have a lot of photos I can share but here’s a slideshow.

By Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is a third-generation Shimanchu-American and award-winning poet, author, and publisher with 20+ years of experience as a professional writer in nonfiction. Publisher of Space & Time magazine (est. 1966), producer of the Exercise Your Writes YouTube podcast, two-time Bram Stoker Awards® Winner, and HWA Mentor of the Year for 2020, find her at angelaysmith.com.

One thought on “BACK FROM BRAZIL”
  1. Thanks for sharing about Brazil! I almost feel like I was with ya on the trip. Wish, wish!
    You and Ryan look happy and healthy, I’m sure it was a shock to return to “The Sounds of Silence”!

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