Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Expect the Unexpected

Before I stepped foot into Brazil’s “Marvelous City” (as Rio is affectionately known as), I didn’t realize there were several different phases of emotions that first time travelers normally experience-at least, for me there was.  The first, of course, was excitement.  I was bubbly with this emotion from the very onslaught and could barely contain myself when…

Australia: We Fly High

I sit here on a balcony, overlooking the most beautiful river in Brisbane, Australia. I can see people in their homes across the river straight through their windows. Some families sit down for dinner, some couples watch television, and some sit outside alone like me, with a glass of wine and their journals. I wonder…